BEREA, Ohio — Being a Cleveland Browns fan may require more patience this season, as owner Jimmy Haslam said this team will not be judged solely by wins and losses.
“Wins and losses are a part of it, there’s no doubt about that,” Haslam said Saturday in his annual early training camp media gaggle. “But I think it’s how our team performs. Do we come back? Do we win close games? Do we come from behind and win a game? Do we beat a good team? Do we win a game on the road? Are younger players getting better?
“Both (coach) Hue (Jackson) and (director of strategy) Paul (DePodesta) talk about small wins. I know they’re setting goals for the individual players — small wins for them individually. So I think it’s a collection of all those types of things.”
The Browns are in the second season of what Haslam in January of 2016 called a multi-year rebuild. He agreed with DePodesta’s assessment that the Browns had “torn (the team) down to the studs” and emphasized he and the organization would stay patient because it believes in the people in place — Jackson, DePodesta, vice president of football operations Sashi Brown and vice president of player personnel Andrew Berry.
“It’s hard,” Haslam said. “All of us want to win and win immediately. Most of you don’t know me that well personally, but I’m am extremely impatient person. But I think we’ve learned the hard way if you want to do this and do it right building through the draft and being patient and getting the right people in place is the right way to do it.
“So it’s hard, but it’s unequivocally the right thing to do.”
The Browns had 14 draft picks in 2016 and 10 this season, including…
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