Cleveland Browns General Manager Tom Heckert (L) and new team owner Jimmy Haslam talk on the field prior to the preseason game between the Cleveland Browns and the Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 30, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. - Jason Miller
Browns general manager Tom Heckert's future is uncertain under new CEO Joe Banner.
With the Cleveland Browns' record below average and a new CEO, Joe Banner, in the front office, the future for general manager Tom Heckert is unknown. Heckert addressed the media Friday and discussed the possibility of being forced to move on from Cleveland.
Heckert: "If it doesn't work here, hopefully it will somewhere else." Says control of 53-man roster is "why I came here." #Browns— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) December 14, 2012
Heckert has been Cleveland's general manager since Jan. 11, 2010. During his time with the Browns, he has been credited for drafting solid young talent, including Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden. Many believe Heckert is one of the few members of the current Browns regime that should stick around next season. However, Cleveland is 14-31 with Heckert as GM, and Banner may believe it's time to clean house.
Speaking with the media Friday, Heckert didn't exactly sound confident in his future in Cleveland:
Heckert said he was told he had five years to "fix" the #Browns, but "things change."— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) December 14, 2012
Heckert: "If things don't work out (with #Browns), I'm pretty confident I'll get a shot somewhere else."— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) December 14, 2012
Cleveland currently sits at 5-8 and in last place in the AFC North. However, the team has won three games in a row.
If the Browns want to save Heckert's job, they need to keep winning. Cleveland will next have a chance at victory Sunday, Dec. 16 against the Washington Redskins. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on FOX.