After enduring only one win the past two seasons, Browns owner Dee Haslam said she would not recommend approaching a rebuild the way the Browns did to any other team.
Cleveland Browns fans have watched a lot of mediocre seasons from their football team over the years. The Browns organization was so sick of watching of that mediocre, so they decided to head into a hard rebuild following the 2015 season.
The hard rebuild consisted of letting the quality players walk in free agency for nothing or trading players for draft picks – lots of drafts picks. They then filled their roster with cheap, young players.
That approach led the Browns to a 1-31 record the past two seasons, and getting the man in charge of the rebuild in Sashi Brown getting fired. It was a hard two seasons of football for Browns fans to watch. It was even hard for the Browns’ owners to watch.
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In an interview with Kevin Kleps of CrainsCleveland.com, Cleveland Browns owner Dee Haslam explained that the she would never recommend the approach they took to rebuilding the roster to any other sports team.
"“The way we did it, I don’t know that I would repeat,” the Browns owner said. “In other words, I don’t know that a fan has the desire or the stomach to go through what we’ve been through the last few years. And I will tell you this, we don’t have it. It was just way too hard, way too emotional."
Although Haslam said tearing down the roster led them to being in a good position to acquire the players they have this off-season, she believes that they should have taken a different approach to changing the organizations culture from being a mediocre team.
It is still too early to say that the pain of watching the football Browns fans had to watch over the past two seasons was worth it. Although the Browns have massively upgraded their roster and have some believing that they can make the playoffs next, they have yet to play a game together.
But with the Browns adding a game changing defensive end and a potential franchise quarterback, there is the potential of the rebuild turning the franchise around.
With one of the owners admitting that it was a mistake taking the approach that they did to rebuilding the roster, Browns fans’ anger towards the team is certainly justified. The only thing that can make watching the past two seasons any better is if the team wins some games next season.