Browns GM not worried over job status: 'Haven't been given that memo'

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BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer said Tuesday he does not believe his job security is any more tenuous than it was upon his hire in February 2014.

"The reality is that my seat's no warmer than it was the day I got it," Farmer said. "That's a perception that everybody has for me and not a perception I have of myself."

Farmer added that he will continue to "work hard and try to bring talent to the Browns" until he's told otherwise.

The Browns, off to a 2-6 start, began Farmer's tenure 7-4 before ending the 2014 season with five straight losses.

"I haven't been given that memo," Farmer said when his job status was brought up.

Farmer spoke as he made his annual midseason visit with the Cleveland media. He remained firm in his belief in the players he has drafted and signed and steadfast in the belief that the team is making progress.

It has been a rocky tenure for the Browns GM, though. Farmer's four first-round picks from 2014 and 2015 are not significant contributors, and free agent signee Dwayne Bowe is a lightning rod for criticism.

Also, Farmer spent the first four games of this season suspended for texting illegally during games a year ago. Since he took over as GM, the Browns have gone 9-15.

"My job is to work hard and try to bring talent to the Browns," Farmer said. "Continue to work in my environment, which is player acquisition. That's what I'll do. I'll continue to do that to the best of my ability and work as a Browns employee until they tell me otherwise."

As Farmer spoke, he continually wiped his forehead with a towel, with the hot lights in the team's media room shining down on him.

"This league's about winning -- it's no secret, " he said. "And when you don't win, it's no fun."

As for his first-round picks, Farmer said players develop in different ways.

"I've said it routinely that guys grow at different rates," he said. "Until the movie is over with, we'll just continue to evaluate and see where they go."

He admitted to being surprised that Justin Gilbert barely sees the field at cornerback, and he backed quarterback Johnny Manziel.

"I would tell you from the interactions here in the building and the time I have spent with him and what I have seen of him here recently is definitely positive," Farmer said. "I understand where the league is, and we are going to continue to listen and wait until that comes out. I think that he has matured."

Farmer declined to comment on the pending league investigation into whether Manziel violated the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Farmer said his relationship with coach Mike Pettine was "excellent" and decisions are made as a group. He added that there has not been a decision made that he mandated.

"We haven't won, " he said. "But I really don't feel like teams are just coming in here and running us over the coals. I just don't feel like that. I don't feel like we have been taken to the woodshed and teams have just walked out of here and stomped on us and decided this team is terrible.

"I think that we have been in games and had opportunities to win, and we have to find a way to do that."