I hear a lot of national media talking heads, and read a lot of national media 'experts', and yes I even see it here on BH...a call to fire Farmer, Pettine, or both.
I am one who believes letting the GM/HC gain experience and grow into the position is the way to build long term success. I believe Farmer has hit on enough players...and yes some are still growing (Manziel) or are yet to be determined (Shelton/Erving/etc)...but if you get rid of him now and those three end up doing well for the organization.....look at the 2 drafts this guy will have put together.
Pettine is having growing pains as well. Last year he was saddled with an OC not of his choice...and the guy burned him. The so called offensive guru Shannahan burned ALL bridges on his way out (oh...and his track record is coming back to haunt him...over the last 3 games his vaunted offense has not broken 21 against the likes of TB/Ten/NO...sound familiar...it all falls apart around week 6???). Pettine got burned so bad he devoted time to the offense this year instead of staying with the D...and it shows. I for one wouldn't mind bringing in a new DC...or at least a more veteran guy to assist.
But with that in mind...look at some other teams out there with disappointing seasons so far:
Baltimore: do you see them firing Newsome or Harbaugh? not likely
Tennessee: do you think they will scratch it all and start over? I don't think so
Jacksonville: not a peep out of there about starting over
Dallas: nothing, not even a hint of blowing it up
SF: again...too soon for the axe to fall
There may be a few teams to start over...but they are perennial LOSERS...they do it every time.
Detroit: yup, I could see that shoe falling
Miami: already did it
Chicago: not sure, but wouldn't surprise me
The Browns have to start acting like the teams they are chasing. Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cinci all keep their FO together long term and change only when it is NECESSARY...not every 2 years as a knee jerk reaction to some bumps in the road.
Give this FO/HC another year...maybe two. Let this thing get its legs...see what we really have.
After all...not one HC/GM has had more than 3 years since 1999...and we have had some legit good ones (after they left).