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October 4, 2012 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- New Browns owner James Haslam III said on the "FOX Business Network" Thursday that he doesn't plan to make major changes when he's officially approved as owner later this month.

“We don’t officially own the team yet, and we’ve said all along that we’re not going to make any comments on personnel changes until after we own the team,” Haslam said. “It’s in about two weeks, and candidly we’ll be halfway through the football season, so any personnel decisions we make would be made toward the end of the year.”

Haslam said that no one in the organization is pleased with the way things have started this season. The Browns are 0-4 and one of two winless teams in the NFL.

“I don’t think anybody thinks that 0-4 is acceptable and certainly (Browns president) Mike Holmgren and (coach) Pat Shurmur don’t think it is, and we don’t think it is,” Haslam said. “But this is a young team; it’s building. I think we’re heading in the right direction.”

Shurmur has to be pleased with news that Haslam won't turn over the organization when he first assumes control. He needed some positive news after dealing with criticism Wednesday for his reaction when asked if he planned to watch the "NFL Network" documentary "Cleveland '95." The documentary dealt with the events surrounding the decision by former owner Art Modell to move the franchise to Baltimore after the 1995 season.

Shurmur responded to critics that think he's not connected to the team's history.

"I’m not insensitive to it. I believe that history is important. I grew up in a town (Detroit) where their team hasn’t won a Super Bowl. I understand it. But as the coach, your focus has to be on keeping your players in the moment, and the moments we’re dealing with now are our preparations for playing the Giants. I was told all about that before I got here. I don’t know what to tell you other than I get it."


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