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Report: Joe Banner had Browns coordinators answer directly to him

Joe Banner. (Tony Dejak/AP)
Joe Banner. (Tony Dejak/AP)

Recently ousted Cleveland Browns CEO and former Eagles President Joe Banner structured the Browns' coaching staff in such a way that the offensive and defensive coordinators reported directly to Banner and not head coach Mike Pettine, according to a report by CBS Sports' Will Brinson via CBS Sports' Pat Kirwan.

Banner joined the Browns as CEO in October 2012 and tried to provide leadership to a franchise that has not reached the playoffs since 2002.

Things did not go as planned as the Browns hired and fired Rob Chudzinski as head coach within a calendar year.

A new coaching search ensued in January 2014 and Kirwan reports the strangeness continued:

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  • "To say that the power structure in Cleveland was different would be an understatement. New GM Ray Farmer, who was at the time assistant GM, was not involved in the head coaching search either, Kirwan was told."

    The Browns settled on Pettine as head coach on January 24, Jim O'Neil as defensive coordinator on January 27 and Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator on February 3.

    After the hiring announcements, Banner had all three coaches report directly to him.

    More from Brinson:

    "Having coordinators circumvent the head coach and GM by reporting to the CEO of the team is just out there. As Kirwan wonders, it's entirely possible that Banner wanted to control what players played and when."

    It didn't last long because the Browns announced on February 11 that Banner would be stepping down.

    What's next for Banner after his odd tenure in Cleveland is anybody's guess, but the Daily News' Paul Domowitch reports that Banner could be on his way to the NFL office.

    Jerry Gaul Philly.com
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