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Haslam expects fans to bring the noise

Posted Sep 7, 2013

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam assured fans at the first Browns Backers Bash of the season that the team will be better this year and in the future.

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam knows the team -- both in the front office and on the field -- have worked hard to improve, and assured fans will see that commitment to winning when the Browns hit the field for the regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.

The Browns have not won a regular-season opener since the 2004 season, a fact Haslam is eager to change.

“I think there’s two keys,” Haslam said. “One, we’ve got to play well, and two, we need huge noise. We’re expecting 72,000 tomorrow. It’ll be a record crowd, and we’re going to have a lot of noise because we’re going to win tomorrow. That’s really important.”

Prior to handing the microphone to Browns Legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Jim Brown, Haslam thanked the fans for their support of the team.

“The support that you give, all the Cleveland Browns’ fans, especially the Browns Backers, is phenomenal,” Haslam said. “We feel a tremendous responsibility to pay you back for that support by bringing you a winner. We’re working nonstop to do that. We’re going to be better. We’re going to be better the next year, and we’re going to be better the year after that.

“We’re doing this the right way. We’re building a team that will be consistently good for a long period of time. We’re going to start tomorrow with a big win, and we’re going to start with great support from you all.”

Brown also thanked the fans for their support of the team, which is part of the reason he said, “I’ll always be a Cleveland Brown.”

“You guys have driven the concept of what fans are supposed to be about,” Brown said. “Cleveland Browns fans are known all over the world, and they’re known because you’re loyal. You support your team.”

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