BEREA, Ohio -- Owner Jimmy Haslam and the front office for the Cleveland Browns have charged the organization with two missions: improving the on-field product and enhancing the fans’ experience.
They will outline their philosophy in a one-hour television special, “Voice of the Fan, A Cleveland Browns Town Hall,” tonight at 8 p.m./ET on WKYC, Channel 3.
Haslam, Browns chief executive officer Joe Banner, president Alec Scheiner, general manager Michael Lombardi, and coach Rob Chudzinski will hold the town hall meeting to answer questions submitted by Browns' fans. Jim Donovan, the radio voice of the Browns, will host the meeting.
“I think it’s the community’s team; I think it’s Cleveland’s team,” Haslam said. “It’s Northeastern Ohio, and for our family to play a small part in that, is a real honor, and we’re tremendously excited about this year.”
During the town hall, Banner and Haslam will discuss the team’s vision, and how they have gone about executing it. They will also talk about the renovations of the Berea training facility, acquisitions of talent and the shift to a culture of winning within the building.
Haslam and Banner will field questions about the renovations and talent acquisitions.
Donovan and Chudzinski will then discuss the philosophy of building a team and the up-tempo style of play on both sides of the football, as well as how the hiring of offensive coordinator Norv Turner and defensive coordinator Ray Horton has helped change the culture of the team.
Chudzinski will also address the team’s expectations and outlook, in addition to the offseason moves to improve the roster through the draft and free agency, and acclimating the players to the new systems through minicamp practices and organized team activities (OTAs).
“We want to have an attacking, aggressive team, a team’s offense that is looking to keep the defense on its heels,” Chudzinski said. “That’s the important part of that. The whole playbook is going to be open in every situation, and I think the guys really feed off of that and that mentality.
“It’s important to be balanced, particularly here in Cleveland. You have to be able to win games in different ways in this league, being able to run the ball when we need to, being able to throw the ball when we need to and do whatever it takes to win.”
Finally, Donovan and Scheiner will talk about changes made to FirstEnergy Stadium and how Browns fans can expect an enhanced experience during the regular season.