Haslam fires Pettine, Farmer; Writes letter to fans

Jimmy Haslam fires Pettine, Farmer
Mike Pettine (Source: WOIO)
Mike Pettine (Source: WOIO)
Ray Farmer fired (Source: WOIO)
Ray Farmer fired (Source: WOIO)

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:

  • Intelligence
  • 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.

Haslam met with Farmer before Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pettine met with Haslam at 7 p.m., a meeting that reportedly lasted just three minutes.

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 has been under fire his choice in poor first round draft picks, including cornerback Justin Gilbert who has seen his role decrease significantly this season. The signing of Dwayne Bowe and the way the team handled Terrelle Pryor has Browns fans up in arms.

Farmer was also suspended for the first four games of this season for texting to the Browns sidelines during games.

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