by Sam Allard
All that gratitude and reassurance goes a long way, Jimmy, so thanks for taking the time. We're delighted that you think the vacancy is so attractive. I mean it's almost endearing that you maintain that view when just about every sports media outlet staffed by people-or-things-that-are-sentient regard Cleveland as the least- or second-least desirable job on the market.
And thanks for rubbing in the fact that we had more Pro-Bowlers last year than victories! Sweet!
ESPN's Adam Schefter, for his part, seems to think the Browns' position is A-OK:
For as much as some are questioning them, Browns in a great spot: last to hire, can wait for coaches or hire anyone else. Good position.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2014
But ESPN's Mike Greenburg is tuned into the grander irony:
I see the #Browns owner is asking for patience. I'm sure the coach they fired after one season finds that hilarious.
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) January 15, 2014
At any rate, Haslam's feeling heat; and a letter urging fans to recognize how "methodical" and "disciplined" they're being has the opposite effect.