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Jimmy Haslam's letter to fans and their thoughts on the Browns

Letter sent to season ticket holders Letter sent to season ticket holders

To some, the Browns coaching search has gone about as poorly as their 4-12 season.  Right now, the Browns are the only NFL team without a head coach.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam sent a letter to season ticket holders on Wednesday to provide an update on the search for a new head coach.

19 Action News has obtained a copy of the letter, which reads:


I thought it was important to take a little bit of time to update you on our head-coach search. We have had the opportunity to speak to a number of outstanding candidates. We have purposefully been very methodical in our approach. We believe it is very important to stay disciplined to this process and to interview all of the candidates on our list. We are strongly committed to finding the right person to coach the Cleveland Browns.

We understood from the beginning that if we wanted to speak to all of the coaches on our list that we may need to wait until they have completed their participation in the playoffs. We are prepared to wait as long as necessary because this is a very important decision. Everyone in our organization is committed to finding the right leader for our team.

We believe the head coach of the Cleveland Browns to be a very attractive position. We have one of the youngest teams in the League, a roster that includes five Pro Bowlers. In addition, we have more salary-cap room than all but one NFL team. We also have three of the top 35 picks in the upcoming draft and five of the top 83 selections.

We are very much looking forward to adding a strong coach to our football team. On behalf of the Cleveland Browns, I cannot thank you enough for your valuable support and passion that you show for our team.

We look forward to communicating with you again after the search process is complete. Thank you again for your phenomenal support and loyalty. 

19 Action News Reporter George Smith spoke Browns fans at the Westlake Rec Center to get their thoughts on the post-season drama surrounding the Browns.

"We're letting everybody go.  But at least we got grabs for everyone else that's out there.  We don't have any competition out there to take from us," Eric Hartman.

"If we're going to be the last team to find a coach and we were the first team to fire a coach, I mean I think that we don't know what we're really doing," James Guirguis.

"It just feels like they are trying to cover their bases.  I hope that they do make the right decision.  I just feel like the choices they've made so far are not very positive in the eyes of the fans," Keith Stuart.

"We need a franchise quarterback and a franchise coach is what I'm trying to say," Andrew Wargo.

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