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Lombardi and Banner part ways with Cleveland; Farmer promoted to GM

Lombardi and Banner step down from front office.
Lombardi and Banner step down from front office.
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Cleveland fans are getting a little happier today after the announcement that Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi are stepping down from the team. Ray Farmer has now been named the new Brown’s GM. This offseason has been a shakeup since the night that they fired Rob Chudzinski after just one season as the head coach. Other teams will look to work more with the Browns during this offseason with this shakeup.

Since the end of the season and the entire hiring of a new coach, teams have been reluctant to work with the Browns front office. Banner, Lombardi, and owner Jimmy Haslam even have been nicknamed the “Three Stooges”. The Browns’ organization had trouble getting interested in getting head coaches, and even had three coaches withdraw their names. They finally settled on Mike Pettine and things started to look up with all the new coach signings including Kyle Shanahan.

With the step down of Mike Lombard, Ray Farmer gets his shot as an NFL General Manager. Farmer was the assistant GM under Lombardi and even turned down the Miami Dolphin’s GM position. A former player, Farmer has what it takes to take his talents as a GM to the NFL level. Farmer lands a great first job chance with the Browns’ GM postion. They have two first round picks in the upcoming draft, as well as cap room to make free agency moves.

With all of the mixing around in the Cleveland Browns’ organization, this news has to be happy with the fans. Fans were getting tired of not understanding what Banner and Lombardi were doing. Farmer will have a lot to prove in the next few months to prove that the Browns can change their luck around.