Browns team president Mike Holmgren today ushered in a new era in Browns football, stepping out in front of reporters and introducing them to the man who (according to some reports) will soon hire his replacement.
New owner Jimmy Haslam refused to comment on Holmgren’s future. He said that technically Randy Lerner still owns the team until the NFL approves the sale, so it would be uncouth to make personnel announcements at this time.
He was less reluctant to comment on worries that he would move the team (a “zero percent” chance), whether he can fully divorce himself from the rival Steelers (he’ll always respect those he worked with as a minority owner in Pittsburgh, but he wants nothing more than to restore the rivalry), and concerns about the state of the team (all the pieces are in place to create a winning culture).
Meanwhile, former Browns GM Phil Savage joined The Big Show on 97.1 The Fan this afternoon and talked about why Cleveland has struggled since the NFL returned to the city, discussed his memories of the team, and–perhaps most interestingly–hinted that there some behind the scenes stories that have yet to be told about his tenure.
UPDATE: The Browns have now shared the transcript of Haslam’s press conference.