Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said this morning that streamlining the organization’s structure and setting the stage for success drove today’s announcement that Ray Farmer has been promoted to general manager and that CEO Joe Banner and general manager Mike Lombardi will leave the team.
Banner also confirmed that president Alec Scheiner will continue in charge of the organization’s business operations. Last month, the Browns hired former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as their new head coach.
“I felt like the previous setup was cumbersome, and this new arrangement is much more streamlined and in line for what we want,” Haslam said at the 11:30 a.m. press conference.
“I think this will work well. . . . We just took a step back. It was a normal time to do it with Pettine coming in. If we’re going to whiteboard this, we felt this was the best way to set things up.
“. . . For us to be successful, what does the (organizational) chart need to look like? Those are not easy decisions, but we feel Ray gives us a great chance to be successful in in free agency and the draft.
“We’re going to go to work, and we’re fully committed to make this organization a winner.”