Three weeks ago GM candidate Ray Farmer was turning down the Miami Dolphins offer to be their new GM. Some believe it was due to the management structure as well as handpicking his own HC. Today, the Cleveland Browns shocked the NFL when they fired GM Mike Lombardi and CEO Joe Banner. It was a far less shock when they announced that Ray Farmer would become the new GM.
Teams fire management all the time, but not a week before the NFL Combine and after the Super Bowl. It’s rare at best. Farmer will inherit a lot of questions for a team that on the surface appears as dysfunctional as the Dolphins appear…on the surface. He will also inherit a football team with a brand new head coach that he wasn’t even involved with hiring.
While it’s not uncommon for teams to hire a HC before a GM no team in my entire memory has a team hiring a new HC then firing the GM who hired him so they could promote a GM from within who wasn’t even in the interviews with that HC. This only a month or so after firing their one year head coach Rob Chudzinski. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said that fans deserved a group that would bring them a winner. Instead, he gave the media something to talk about that doesn’t start with the word Miami.
Until at least the Ted Wells report comes out.