The Cleveland Browns on Sunday night relieved General Manager Ray Farmer and Head Coach Mike Pettine of their duties.
"We greatly appreciate Ray and Mike’s dedication and hard work while with the Cleveland Browns,” owner Jimmy Haslam said. “We’ve made this decision because we don’t believe our football team is positioned well for the future. We are all disappointed with where we are and I take full responsibility. We will approach the search for our next football coach and executives to lead our football operations with a clear vision regarding what we need to do to build a successful organization. We will be methodical in looking for strong, smart leaders with high character who are relentlessly driven to improve our football team, willing to look at every resource possible to improve, and who embrace collaboration to ultimately make the best decisions for the Cleveland Browns. We are fully committed to bringing our fans the winning organization they so clearly deserve.”
Haslam will meet with reporters later tonight to discuss and answer questions about the decision and the upcoming search.
Farmer joined the organization in March 2013 as the Assistant General Manager and was promoted to General Manager in February 2014.
Pettine was named the 15th full-time head coach of the Browns on January 23, 2014. In two full seasons with the team he compiled a 10-22 record.