Owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam met with the Browns' team leaders last week not only to express their appreciation for the continued fight, but also to solicit input on what needs to change to right the 0-10 ship, according to players who were there. Second-year defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah acknowledged that he found it unusual for the Haslams to a call the meeting with the 12 or so players on the leadership council. Coach Hue Jackson, who's confident he has the Haslams' support, was also present, but Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown was not. "Yeah, because we never really just sit down and talk to the owner,'' said Ogbah, who will undergo surgery to have his broken foot repaired and will be out about 3-4 months. "But yeah it was really helpful for us. They understand what we're going through. If there are changes needed, we talk to them about it. So it's good to have an owner close to us." Ogbah said the Haslams have addressed the full squad on several occasions in team meetings this season, but "never with the leadership.'' The meeting came a day after the Browns' loss to the Lions to fall to 0-9 for the second straight season. They're now 0-10 for the second straight year and only the second time in club history. The Browns have also set the NFL record for the worst 47-game stretch at 4-43, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They're 1-25 in the new regime of Brown and Jackson.
Haslams solicited input from Browns team leaders on what needs to change
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Nov 22