CLEVELAND (92.3 The fan) – Joe Banner has left the building.
No need for a rim-shot, there is no punchline other than Banner has officially departed the organization.
Team president Alec Scheiner confirmed the news during an interview with Bull and Fox Tuesday afternoon on 92.3 The Fan.
“He’s transitioned and he’s looking forward to what he does next,” Scheiner said. “In the building, we’re working with our group now.”
On Feb. 8 owner Jimmy Haslam announced that Banner would leave the organization following a transition period of approximately 2 months and that Michael Lombardi was out as general manager effective immediately.
Banner told Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Enquirer that he’ll officially step down in May, but Scheiner made clear that his involvement with the Browns has essentially ended.
The Browns lost 11 games for the sixth straight season and blew out their fourth coaching staff and front office leadership group since 2009. Another sweeping round of changes, while nothing new, was not something Scheiner saw coming.
“I could not have imagined it,” Scheiner said. “It’s been an incredible year but these are the years where you learn more than any other years. I had 9 years in Dallas and as you guys know there’s not a lot of change in that organization at the top but I’ve learned a lot here. Because I’m in the building I can’t say I’m totally surprised. Jimmy [Haslam] made a decision consistent with how other NFL teams are run.
“If you look at the other successful NFL team right now, they have a very similar structure to the one we have.”
Scheiner also was asked about former general manager Michael Lombardi being caught with what appeared to be Browns notebooks at the NFL Combine. He downplayed the significance of what Lombardi was holding in his hand and said it was likely blank paper that simply had the team’s logo on the back but the organization does take the matter seriously.
“If that wasn’t the case here, we’ll handle it internally,” Scheiner said. “It’s information leaving our building, then we’re concerned and we’ll address it.”
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