Today Joe Banner and Jimmy Haslam spoke to the media about the firings of Tom Heckert and Pat Shurmur. In that press conference, Jimmy Haslam said the Browns will hire a head coach first, with final say over the 53 man roster. They will then hire a general manager or director of player personnel.
Joe Banner spoke about getting the right fit, the right combination of men in the organization-
“The skill set of the coach should drive the eventual structure of the football department.”
Jimmy Haslam said the primary characteristic he was looking for in the head coach was “strong leadership”.
Banner on the team in place-
“I think we have a foundation to move forward. I think the team was better than it was, but it’s got a ways to go.”
Of course, they mentioned that they will not make any comments on potential candidates during the process.