Browns clean house, fire Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine

The Cleveland Browns fired general manager Ray Farmer and head coach Mike Pettine Sunday night, hours after the team’s 28-12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Owner Jimmy Haslam released the following statement along with the team’s announcement:

“We greatly appreciate Ray’s and Mike’s dedication and hard work while with the Cleveland Browns. We’ve made this decision because we don’t believe our football team was positioned well for the future. We are all disappointed with where we are and we 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.”

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported Farmer’s ouster happened before the team’s matchup with Pittsburgh—which is weird, because he sat in a luxury suite at FirstEnergy Stadium for the duration of the game—and then local media reporters confirmed the canning moments later Sunday evening.

Pettine finished with a 10-22 record in two seasons with the team and lost 18 of his last 21 games.

Although Haslam said before this season he didn’t plan to “blow things up” by firing everyone in a leadership position, it’s impossible not to see the direction of the team trending downward under its now-former management group.

The team’s new general manager will be its sixth to hold the position in the last eight years.



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Mike Hoag has been covering the Cleveland Browns since 2011. His work has been featured on Bleacher Report, Yahoo! Sports,,,, and The Orange and Brown Report.