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Joe Banner introduced as new Browns executive

New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam formally introduced new CEO Joe Banner in Berea on Wednesday.

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Browns' Shurmur talks on new CEO Joe Banner

The Cleveland Browns are undergoing some pretty serious changes. Not only did the team drastically change when it comes to the on-the-field product this offseason, thanks to a new-look, rookie-laden offense, the team has a new owner and a new CEO in Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner, respectively.

On Wednesday, head coach Pat Shurmur met with the media for his usual press conference and spoke on his relationship with Banner, as posted by SB Nation's Dawgs By Nature:

"I was with Joe Banner for 10 years in Philadelphia, all my years there. Extremely smart man (who) had a large part in the develop. ... When you're around someone for a long time, I got a real good feel for him as a family man and a guy that's going to provide the leadership that we need as we move forward."

Shurmur spoke to how it's good to be working with someone he has a history with, though he made it very clear that he doesn't expect the history with Banner to lead to an easier evaluation process for him. He was actually very clear on the fact that he didn't think the new ownership changed anything regarding his job status, and that he expected to be evaluated at the end of the year just like any other coach or assistant on the team.

He noted that, through all of this, his No. 1 focus has been on the team in front of him, which in this case is the Indianapolis Colts. The Browns picked up the first win of their season in Week 6 and though Shurmur doesn't want to win games just to impress the ownership and keep his job, it certainly would help his case.

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Banner defines improvement, success by Super Bowls

New Browns CEO Joe Banner made a strong impression during his introductory press conference in Berea, calling upon years of success with the Eagles to lay out a plan for the future in Cleveland. Banner indicated that he and new owner Jimmy Haslam would be more "observers" as the final three-plus months of the season finish out, but that they would be taking constant notes in preparation for a thorough evaluation of all aspects of the franchise.

Banner said that signs of progress would be quickly visible, but that the goal is long-term and defined by winning Super Bowls. He was asked about the three teams in the AFC North, and his instant reaction was not to use Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati as measuring sticks, but something greater, stating, "Our goal is in terms of winning a Super Bowl, so I don't really think of it in terms of three teams."

Banner reiterated his respect for those franchises and their football operations, stating that you obviously get to a Super Bowl by first taking care of business in the division, but it was clear that his eyes were on a larger prize. The main emphasis of his presser:

"Some people are intimidated by big goals. We're talking about winning Super Bowls, not just improving our record."

He was accompanied by Haslam at the press conference, and the owner backed up those lofty goals and expectations. "There's no excuse for this not being one of the top franchises in the NFL," Haslam said. That work begins on Oct. 25, when ownership becomes official and Banner comes aboard full-time.

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Banner introduced in Berea

New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam formally introduced new CEO Joe Banner in Berea on Wednesday.

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