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Haslam wants coach, GM back; Manziel, Gordon?


Even a dismal holiday stretch with five straight losses from Thanksgiving to Christmastime will not cost Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine his job.

Owner Jimmy Haslam confirmed Sunday night that Pettine will be the first coach the franchise has retained for a second season since 2010. General manager Ray Farmer, who was not in place when Pettine was interviewed, is also safe entering the offseason, Haslam said.

Haslam fired Rob Chudzinski within hours of the end of the 2013 season after the team finished 4-12.

The owner ousted CEO Joe Banner and general manager Mike Lombardi just before the start of the 2014 Scouting Combine in Indianapolis after it took more than three weeks to name Pettine, then defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills, head coach.

Haslam spoke in absolutes about the fate of Farmer, who was promoted from his player personnel coordinator job last February, and Pettine. He was not as definite about keeping rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel and troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon on the team.

“I think this is what these young guys miss: they disrespect the team, the coaches, the staff, the fans. There’s a lot of people in our organization whose livelihood depends on how well we do, and we’re not going to tolerate people who are irresponsible no matter what round they’re drafted in,” Haslam said in Baltimore. “So these young guys, we’re going to give them a chance. They’re young kids. We’re going to work with them. Hopefully they’ll grow up, but if they can’t grow up and they can’t be responsible to their teammates and the coaches and our great fans, then they won’t be with the Cleveland Browns.”

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