WFNY Roundtable – Reactions to the end of Banner and Lombardi


WFNY_roundtableNever a dull day in the life of covering Cleveland sports. With the news of Banner and Lombardi’s era coming to an abrupt end, we naturally had to have a quick roundtable discussion at WFNY to give our impressions and reactions to the news. Check out the conversation below:

  • maxfnmloans

    Mother, Juggs and Speed?

    I dunno..I got nothin’ and was somehow reminded of this obscure Bill Cosby movie

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    If you read the stories around here though there are many people who don’t consider this dysfunctional. That’s almost as bad as what the Cleveland Browns have done on and off the field and frankly mind boggling. For me it shows how this team has 70,000 people at ever home opener regardless.

  • MrCleaveland


  • nj0

    It’s been reported that the discussion for Banner to resign began “weeks ago”. Not sure how true this is and not sure how many weeks it was. But in theory, the decision to let him go could have been before or after the coaching search. Which tells us nothing.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Mmmmmmm Juggs!!!

  • nj0

    From what I recall, Farmer was at the Senior Bowl (1/26). It’s pretty rare for a GM to not go to that thing and Lombardi didn’t. One could read that as a sign that the decision was made by then.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    I just hope you’re right…

  • 216in614

    Find a QB. That is all that matters.

  • cmm13

    Totally, and it was spun as “Lombardi is too busy in the coaching search”.

    Regardless of the exact timing I think it’s pretty clear that they dug their own graves with:
    1. Failure to deliver Kelly/Saban first go around
    2. Gross roster mismanagement
    3. Amount of HC candidates withdrawing due to organizational structure

  • dwhit110

    Just keep in mind that I don’t believe much that Haslam said in the presser today. The “weeks ago” comment, the glowing praise for Banner, etc.

  • CB Everett


  • The_Real_Shamrock

    That’s just one of the many things that needs to be accomplished. Ya know sorta like the last 15 years.

  • Wow

    Good riddance.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    I’m hoping it’s like tearing up that old carpet and finding a bunch of Vince Lombardi Trophies for the next 2 decades.

  • Petefranklin

    It seems like it will be so much work to start, but after a little elbow grease the freshly painted walls are soul cleansing no matter the color. How could you have not refreshed the old home earlier you ask yourself?

  • Petefranklin

    What did Lombardi do for you?
    Banner, meeeeh
    My pitchfork is stowed away until the flight lands in a few years.
    Haslem knows that flights with cocktails are forgiving.
    I’m a happy flyer right now thanks to frack Jimmy!

  • Petefranklin

    Well at least theres a GM who might be capable ( of finding a QB) now.


    “Firing Banner and Lombardi proves that you’re dysfunctional only in the sense that removing a tumor proves that you’re diseased.”

    Rec’d for true truthiness.

  • jimkanicki

    i still got nothing on this whole thing and i’ll cop to looking reflexively for the down side. you can’t blame me(us) for that.

    i have reservations about jimmy having his HC and GM reporting directly to him. i’m cool with the changes for sure but jimmy hasn’t been aces either and now we’re getting more jimmy. just speaking for myself, dont mistake wariness for grumbling.

  • B-bo

    Lombardi did nothing for me. I was not happy to see him return. Which puts me in excellent company. And that’s my point. Yesterday the team corrected what I believe was a mistake, and while I am displeased that once again the timing makes the team look silly from a P.R. perspective, I believe the move to be a net positive–and potentially great if it translates into on-field results. Some folks were also critical of Lombardi and Banner from the start, but are now so upset by the dysfunction that they are already firing away at the franchise. For correcting a mistake. Would it have been better to stubbornly hold firm and not make the change? Of course not. So some folks just seem unable to be pleased by anything this team does, and that is frustrating to me.

  • B-bo

    Believe me, I share your critical eye and the reflex toward negativity when it comes to this franchise. It has done exactly zero to make us act or think otherwise over the past 15 years. Wariness is understandable and reasonable. It’s the folks bringing the vitriol already, and for reasons that seem scattered and even contradictory, that exasperate me. I am confident that you could enjoy this team, even more so if/when it achieves success. I can’t say that about everyone around here though, after reading some of these reactions.

  • Pafrmer

    Yes, but under the Obama Care reduction of workers by 2.5 million he will be able to have choices, such as taking an art class or opening his own business(government line).