Recently ousted Cleveland Browns' CEO Joe Banner had the new offensive and defensive coordinators reporting directly to him, according to a report by CBS NFL Insider Pat Kirwan.
Browns' owner Jimmy Haslam announced on February 11th that Banner would step down from his position over the next two months, general manager Mike Lombardi was also relieved of his duties. Ray Farmer, who served as assistant general manager to Lombardi, was promoted to the general manager position.
Kirwan spoke to a league source at the NFL Combine who told him Banner was a control freak and structured the new coaching staff so that the new coordinators, Kyle Shanahan (offense) and Jim O'Neil (defense), would report directly to him. This type of system is atypical in the NFL, where the coaches report directly to the head coach, in this case the newly hired Mike Pettine.
Kirwan was also told that Ray Farmer, who was assistant general manager at the time, was not involved in the head coaching search.
Pettine signed on as the new head coach of the Browns after a 25-day search that was portrayed as a disaster in both local and national media. The Browns fired Rob Chudzinski after only one year as head coach of the team following a (4-12) finish to the 2013 season.
A situation that has coordinators bypass the head coach and general manager to report directly to the team CEO should be alarming to any NFL owner. Which could serve as the reason Haslam decided to further shake up the foundation of his organization this off season by firing Banner and Lombardi.