BEREA, Ohio — On Thursday, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was front and center in front of the media in Berea in the aftermath of the team's decision to fire head coach Freddie Kitchens and part ways with general manager John Dorsey.
It's unfortunately a position that Haslam has had to be in quite a few times since he and his wife Dee bought the franchise in 2012. As the Browns embark on a search for their next coach and general manager, we wanted to go back in time and see what Haslam had to say during other key moments during his ownership.
August 2012: Introductory press conference
"If you walk out of here and only remember one thing, remember the Haslam family is 100% committed to making the Cleveland Browns a winner again."
December 2012: Firing of Pat Shurmur as head coach
"We're going to do it in the right way, we're going to build it the right way. We've got the core foundation and there's some good young players we need to add to it."
December 2013: Firing of Rob Chudzinski as head coach
"Our fans deserve better. And what I want our fans to hear is that nobody cares about winning and is going to work any harder to get us there than the people you're looking at right now, particularly the owner."
February 2014: Hiring Mike Pettine as head coach, replacing Joe Banner/Michael Lombardi with Ray Farmer as general manager
"I think the steps we have taken clarify how our organization is going to be set up and run, and as I've said several times today, set us up for success."
January 2016: Firing of Mike Pettine as head coach
"The fact that this franchise is not performing any better, and certainly not like our great fans deserve, is my fault."
Later in January 2016: Hiring of Hue Jackson as head coach
"We got the right guy for the Cleveland Browns. He's smart. He's tough. He's confident. He's competitive. He's been a head coach before."
January 2017: Following a 1-15 season by the Browns
"We haven't made good decisions along the way so we accept the blame. Our record as owners is terrible. But we're not giving up. Has it been fun? No. Has it been discouraging at times? Yes. But are we going to give up? No. We're more than ever determined to get this right."
January 2020: In the aftermath of firing Freddie Kitchens and parting ways with John Dorsey
"As owners, we take full responsibility for all of those changes, and I think at the same time having been in Northeast Ohio and the City of Cleveland for these past seven years are more determined than ever to, for lack of a better term, get this right. We are extremely focused on getting the right head coach and the right GM because we want this to be the kind of environment, kind of team and kind of continuity that I will be honest this organization, our players, this city and Northeast Ohio deserve. I can’t stress enough that one, we feel terrible what has happened, but two, more determined than ever to get it right as we move forward, and I mean that sincerely."
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