Look, I’m not going to defend Ray Farmer about this mess. Did he step in excrement? Totally. Did it hurt our team? Absolutely. But I am going to defend Ray Farmer that he should keep his job. Now, a statement like this might have you scratching your head on my sanity. My Twitter friends, Greg Sopko and Saucy Old Mare, are constantly concerned for my mental wellbeing. While I appreciate the concerns, I’m totally sane. But, here’s why Farmer should be kept around.
One other reason why I want Farmer around is because of his football knowledge. Think back to before the draft last year, we were all raving (or maybe just I was) that Farmer was some sort of football guru who knew what he was doing. While I never call a draft a failure or a success after just one season, it hasn’t worked out for us so far. Which raises the question, did Farmer even draft the guys he wanted or did Jimmy Haslam kind of force his will on him? This dead horse has been beaten so much ever since the draft happened, specifically about picking Manziel. I think things are going to be different this time around because Ray Farmer has the floor. I’d like to think he and Haslam have learned from their mistakes. We’ll see, but I’m optimistic (obviously) that things will be better in the 2015 NFL Draft. Let’s give Farmer a chance to do his thing and see what happens. We just might be pleasantly surprised.
I noticed a lot of people don’t trust Haslam. Probably because of the Pilot/Flying J rebate scandal that he was the center in. It was shady business, but that’s what Haslam is: a businessman. And a businessman always wants what’s best for his business. In this case, his business is the Browns. This may be hard for some of you to believe, but he does want what’s best for us. He does. Why on Earth would he bother renovating the stadium, introducing a new “logo”, creating new jerseys, etc.? Also, the raised ticket prices didn’t sit well with people. My take is this: prices rise all the time. The Browns could have been 0-16 last season or 16-0, the price was still going to go up. It’s a business, after all. Look, he’s made mistakes. However, he’s still relatively new to this whole owner thing. Hate him or love him, he’s our owner. No owner wants his investment to tank into the toilet because that isn’t very lucrative. So, in that regard, Haslam hasn’t lost my trust yet. He wants to see us hoist the Lombardi Trophy as long as he is our owner. He just needs to work on not being so hasty with his decisions and let some things play out. I would hate to hit the reset button on Farmer and Pettine.