User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Horses
Golf
Auto
Soccer
More
Betting Tools

 
New Browns owner not planning immediate changes

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Jimmy Haslam III won't spend his first days as owner of the Browns handing out pink slips.

Advertisement
Haslam, whose $1 billion purchase of Cleveland's franchise is expected to be approved by NFL owners later this month, said Thursday through a team spokesman that he has no plans to make any personnel changes ``until after the year.'' At 0-4, the Browns are the only winless team in the AFC, leading to speculation that coach Pat Shurmur and his staff could be in trouble unless there's a turnaround.

But during an interview with Fox Business, Haslam noted the Browns' youth - they're the league's youngest team - and said he believes the team is improving under Shurmur and team president Mike Holmgren.

``I don't think anybody thinks 0-4 (is acceptable) and certainly Mike Holmgren and Pat Shurmur don't think it is and we don't think it is,'' Haslam said in the interview. ``But we've got a young team. We're building. I think we're heading in the right direction. We don't officially own the team yet and we've said all along that we're not going to make any comments on personnel until after we own the team. That's in about two weeks.

``And candidly we'll be halfway through the football season then, so any personnel decisions we'd make would be toward the end of the year.''

Haslam, a former minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has spent the past few weeks familiarizing himself with the Browns. He has been at several practices and was on the field before Thursday's workout speaking with Shurmur, who is just 4-16 in two seasons. The Browns have lost 10 straight games dating to last season and will visit the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants (2-2) on Sunday.

The Browns' sale will be approved by owners at their Oct. 16 meeting in Chicago. Haslam, who built his fortune with Pilot Flying J truck stops, will attend the session along with Holmgren, who is in the third year of a five-year contract he signed under owner Randy Lerner.

Holmgren has said he intends to fulfill his contract.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Patriots fans rally in support of Brady
NFL denies request for Goodell recusal
Teen who went to prom with player dies
Scandrick signs extension with Cowboys
Jets' Richardson fires back at critics
NFL suspends Bills' Dareus for 1 game
Packers sign 3rd-round pick Montgomery
New 49ers RB Bush ready for challenge
Broncos' Smith under investigation in Texas
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2014 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Vince Akins + 1826
Joe Williams + 1594
Bruce Marshall + 1341
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Pat Hawkins + 100
Mark Franco + 100
Doc's Sports + 100
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Vince Akins 57 %
Doc's Sports 57 %
Stephen Nover 56 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 630
Marc Lawrence + 610
Vince Akins + 436
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1252
Hank Goldberg + 505
Joe Williams + 273
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1114
The Gold Sheet + 1043
Stephen Nover + 750
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy Sager Bomb