Players like Haslam's energy

Posted Oct 17, 2012

Prior to the day’s on-field work, the players and coaches met with new Browns owner, Jimmy Haslam, and his CEO, Joe Banner.

One day after Jimmy Haslam was officially approved as owner of the Cleveland Browns in a unanimous vote of 32-0 at the 2012 NFL Fall Owners’ Meetings, he introduced the team’s new CEO, Joe Banner, to the players and coaches.

“He finally got a chance to officially meet us and greet us and kind of welcome him and Mr. Banner aboard,” quarterback Brandon Weeden said. “It’s a positive thing. Mr. Haslam is a go-getter. He’s obviously very successful in what he does business-wise and that’s the kind of approach he’s going to take with this franchise.

“He’s all about winning games and I think that’s his message. Where he’s been, in Pittsburgh, he’s won games, so it’s definitely a positive. I think he’s the right guy for what we do and the personalities in this building.”

Eighth-year wide receiver Joshua Cribbs described the change in ownership as “refreshing.”

“It’s just refreshing, the owner coming down to us, letting us know that he’s excited to be a part of our team and to be involved in our day-to-day work environment,” Cribbs said. “He was just basically introducing himself officially to our football team and it’s refreshing. It’s refreshing to see a guy come down and give his all to the team and wants us to win.”

Defensive back Joe Haden said Banner’s message to the team “was short,” and that the former president and front office executive of the Philadelphia Eagles wants the team to be “Grade A everything.”

While listening to Banner and Haslam talk about their thoughts on the team, wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi felt the two men will do everything they can to make the Browns a consistent winner in the NFL.

“They’re coming in and they’re going to pour everything that they have, all the resources, all the football expertise that they have to really turn this thing around,” Massaquoi said. “Everything that they have and everything that’s available to them, they’re going to pour into this organization to get it back to where it was and what everybody knows the Cleveland Browns to be.”

After the meeting, rookie running back Trent Richardson said the players need to continue to work hard so they can continue building off the momentum they gained from last Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

“Things will calm down now and we’ve just got to stay on the right track and just keep going, keep fighting,” Richardson said. “This season can be one of those turnaround seasons. This is not the same Cleveland Browns that y’all have seen in the first half, or the first quarter-and-a-half of the season. This is a whole other team. They’re out there having fun and they’re winning.”

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