CHICAGO — Mike Holmgren won’t be finishing the job he went to do in Cleveland.
New Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III said Tuesday that Holmgren was out as team president, although the Super Bowl-winning coach will remain with the franchise to help in the transition.
Haslam was introduced as the Browns’ new boss after the 32 NFL owners unanimously approved his $1 billion purchase of the team from Randy Lerner. Moments later, Haslam announced that former Eagles President Joe Banner would become chief executive officer. The move takes effect Oct. 25 when the sale is concluded.
Haslam plans no other personnel changes before 2013, meaning the jobs of coach Pat Shurmur and his staff and general manager Tom Heckert appear safe.
“I told Pat on Saturday night that this was the only personnel move until the end of the season,” Haslam said, “But I am not at all saying we’ll make changes at the end of the season.”
The Browns were the last team to win a game this year, beating Cincinnati on Sunday after five losses. They are tied with Kansas City for the worst record in the league.
The 57-year-old Haslam, who built his fortune with Pilot Flying J truck stops, has been a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and is in the process of divesting that stock.
He said Holmgren and Banner will “work together until the end of the season to transition in a seamless fashion.”
“He has been and still is committed to doing everything he can to make the Cleveland Browns a winning football team,” Haslam said of Holmgren, whose Browns are 10-28 since he was hired in 2010.
Also, the league announced that it will play two regular-season games in London in 2013.
Minnesota will play host to Pittsburgh at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sept. 29, 2013.
And Jacksonville will play host to San Francisco, also at Wembley Stadium, on Oct. 27, 2013.
This is the first time the NFL will play two regular-season games in London in the same season.