CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer, both after two seasons.
In a news conference at FirstEnergy Stadium, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam accepted full responsibility for the Browns' lackluster showing.
Haslam says the search for a new coach will begin immediately, giving a list of criteria:
- Strong leadership
- Collaborative, team player
- Someone who can put together a good staff
- Intense desire to win, improve every day
When questioned on why he plans to hire a coach before a general manager, Haslam said Executive VP of Football Operations Sashi Brown will have the ultimate say on the Browns roster, and this plan makes sense.
The Browns also released a letter Sunday from owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam to the fans:
Farmer joined the organization in March 2013 as the Assistant General Manager and was promoted to General Manager in February 2014.
Pettine was named the 15th full-time head coach of the Browns on January 23, 2013.
In the two seasons under Farmer and Pettine, the Browns finished with a record of 10-22, winning only three games in the previous 21.
Farmer was also suspended for the first four games of this season for texting to the Browns sidelines during games.
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