It hasn't been an ideal start to Jimmy Haslam's ownership run in Cleveland. His company, Pilot Flying J, has been embroiled in legal controversy, while his Browns have been cycling through coaches and general managers at an alarming rate. With that in mind, we figured this would be a good time to offer up a subjective ranking of all 32 current NFL owners from most to least popular in terms of the way they're perceived by fans and the public in general.
1. Dan Rooney, Pittsburgh Steelers -- This team has had three coaches in like 85 years. Competitive every year with a deliberate, old-school mentality. No one dislikes the Rooneys.
2. Robert Kraft, New England Patriots -- Players, fans, coaches. They all love Bob Kraft. And all the guy does is win.
3. John Mara and Steve Tisch, New York Giants -- Old school, and the operation is flawless. That's why they're always in contention.
4. Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts -- Irsay is passionate and cool and outspoken. He's willing to be bold in order to win. Fans love that.
5. Green Bay Packers Inc. -- Hard to place an entire community of owners. But how cool is it that 360,000 stockholders run this team?
6. Pat Bowlen, Denver Broncos -- Bringing in John Elway now looks like a stroke of genius. And whatever his role in signing Peyton Manning, it's good stuff.
7. Jed York, San Francisco 49ers -- Find me somebody in the Bay Area who likes the 49ers and doesn't love York and his family.
8. Steve Bisciotti, Baltimore Ravens -- Surrounds himself with smart, talented football people, steps aside and lets them get the job done. One hell of a model.
9. Jeffrey Lurie, Philadelphia Eagles -- He hires good people and churns out competitors almost every year. No complaints.
10. Woody Johnson, New York Jets -- Fans are more loyal to Johnson than you would expect for New Yorkers. The guy commands respect. But the way he's dealing with Rex Ryan, he's on the brink.
11. Paul Allen, Seattle Seahawks -- He's not overly attached to the franchise but the Seahawks have been competitive for most of his reign, so nobody seems to care.
12. Arthur Blank, Atlanta Falcons -- I'd say he's moved on from the Michael Vick era pretty well.
13. Bob McNair, Houston Texans -- There isn't a lot he does wrong. The fans seem satisfied.
14. Jerry Richardson, Carolina Panthers -- He can be extremely prickly, but Richardson is extremely loyal to the Panthers and the state of Carolina. The fans appreciate it.
15. Shad Khan, Jacksonville Jaguars -- Too early to judge so we're putting him right in the middle of the pack.
16. Zygi Wilf, Minnesota Vikings -- He and his son Mark have saved themselves with this new stadium. Forget Los Angeles.
17. Stan Kroenke, St. Louis Rams -- Not off to a great start, but I think people appreciate a new era post-Rosenbloom.
18. Tom Benson, New Orleans Saints -- He would have been 10 spots lower on this list before he decided to stick around in New Orleans, which brought a Super Bowl to town.
19. Alex Spanos, San Diego Chargers -- Bolts fans have become increasingly disenchanted with the Spanos family. If they continue to flirt with Los Angeles, it'll get a lot worse.
20. Mark Davis, Oakland Raiders -- Also too early to judge, but the Davis family has not had a positive impact the last decade.
21. Bud Adams (estate), Tennessee Titans -- Adams was doing more harm than good in his final years. He passed away in 2013.
22. Clark Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs -- He's gaining some points now that most of the right pieces appear to be in place.
23. Malcolm Glazer, Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- People question whether he cares more about the Bucs or his soccer team overseas.
24. Mike Brown, Cincinnati Bengals -- The team has been good lately, but Brown is still arguably the cheapest owner in this league.
25. Virginia McCaskey, Chicago Bears -- Read this.
26. Ralph Wilson, Buffalo Bills -- Stubborn man with outdated views.
27. Stephen Ross, Miami Dolphins -- He's brought in some celebrity minority owners, but what else? The front office and the organization in general are kind of a mess.
28. William Clay Ford, Detroit Lions -- Just a terribly-run franchise and Ford deserves a lot of the blame.
29. Bill Bidwell, Arizona Cardinals -- Fans gave up long ago on the Bidwells, who generally run that franchise like a business and not a team.
30. Dan Snyder, Washington Redskins -- I think he's gained some points lately with Redskins fans, but he's still known as a brat who makes poor decisions.
31. Jimmy Haslam, Cleveland Browns -- He's simply in over his head early on. You have to be more patient than that.
32. Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys -- He treats his team like a circus act and the fans have grown completely tired.
Snyder is an evil man with a dark heart. Even with Haslam's criminal record, he's a boy scout compared to Snyder.
Jeffrey Lurie is coming up on his 20th anniversary as owner of the Eagles. He should be ranked higher. He does a lot for the community through his team...and he took that franchise up from the dumps after it was run into the ground by Norman Braman.
Having lived in San Diego now for 30+ years ,, I'm really surprised to not see Spanos as the worst team owner in the league .. Shows how accurate these polls aren't ..
I really think Dan Snyder should rename his team the "Thickskins", mirrowing politicians in the nations capital... Redskins is as derogative term as the "N" word!
The very top and bottom of the list were easy to predict. I'm surprised to see Irsay that high. His family should be near the bottom, forever, for their midnight run out of Baltimore. I was a little surprised that you had Richardson as high as you did; he seems to have a bad rep nationally, but you are right on the money that he is loved in the Carolinas. Anyone that has the guts to fire both of his sons for the better of the franchise is a totally dedicated badass. He should definitely be above Woody Johnson. WTF are the Jets doing these days, other than making bad decisions.
When I pulled this up, I thought I know they have to be top dogs. As always Rooneys you do us proud here in the Burgh. Always have. Always will. It is truly an honor to have this family represent our area.
Jethro and his circus he runs are bound for years of failure. As long as he's at the helm, and he states clearly he will be for another 20-30 years, all of us fans of what was once a glorious example of how to do it right are in for nothing but more embarrassing pain.
There's a reason Ely Manning refused to come to the San Diego Chargers. That reason is the Spanos family. Just look at who they've gotten rid of in the last 10 years. Idiots! I still haven't gotten over Drew Brees or Darren Sproles. Why don't they jst get out of San Diego and e it over with? L.A. deserves the Chargers.
@WINGNUT1951 WC Ford SENIOR - not to be confused with Junior, who runs the car biz. Senior is 88, so see the Spanos comment below. Eventually Senior will be gone and WC Junior will be in charge of the Lions. He'll try to run the club himself awhile, then hire an executive from Boeing to turn it around. Just be patient.
@jagsunlimited Alex Spanos hasn't been in charge for 20 years. He's 90 years old, has had bypass heart surgery and treatment for colon cancer. His son Dean is running the ball club, and he's somewhat distracted, structuring the club's ownership for Alex' eventual death and the estate taxes that go with that.
@mike65 No kidding
@Brett_Delune @Cody__Schuyler Do you just like to see your name on the net? We are not talking Pirates now, this is Football forum. I am from Pittsburgh and enjoy the Pirates, but let's stay on topic!
@Brett_Delune He's an extremely humble player too, just adds to the respect
@Cody__Schuyler Cutch is the best all-around player in NL. There's nothing he doesn't do well. First Pirates superstar since Barry Bonds.
@Cody__Schuyler It happens. Namath ended as a Ram, Unitas as a Charger, Montana in KC, and Franco as a Seahawk.
@Brett_Delune I'm gonna look into that. I love watching inter league play. Such a huge difference between divisions
@Brett_Delune It's a shame he ended his career as a skin, but he grew up a skins fan so it's understandable
@Cody__Schuyler Did you see the Pirates are at Camden Yards this season for two games in late April? Chance to see in-person NLMVP Cutch.
@Cody__Schuyler That's super sweet! I like it! He was a great player. Most dominate player in NFL in the late 1980s through mid-1990s.