So much for committing to a longterm rebuilding plan. The Cleveland Browns have fired executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown, the team announced on Thursday morning.
Statement from Owner Jimmy Haslam: pic.twitter.com/xi571AaajE
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 7, 2017
Of crucial note is that head coach Hue Jackson is expected to remain with the team through next season no matter who ultimately replaces Brown as front office honcho. Former Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey is among a host of experienced executives Cleveland plans on interviewing as soon as this week, according to ESPN.
Brown was hired to run the Browns’ football operations on January 3, 2016. Before taking the reins from former general manager Ray Farmer, he joined the organization as executive vice president and general counsel in 2013.
Under the stewardship of Brown and chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta, who rose to prominence with the Oakland Athletics of “Moneyball” fame, Cleveland initiated an aggressive rebuilding strategy marked by stockpiling draft picks at the expense of veterans who could immediately help the team win. Indeed, Brown leaves the franchise with six extra picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, in addition to nearly $100 million worth of cap space to spend next offseason.
Patience clearly wore thin for owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, though, whose team is the only winless side in the NFL this season.
“If you look at the Cleveland Browns and this is prior to our arrival and during the time period we’ve been involved with the team, we have not been good at talent acquisition and if you look at the teams that are successful, they’re very good at talent acquisition,” Haslam said upon hiring Brown. “That’s something that we have to get right and we think this set-up with somebody with a background in systems, processes, analytics and very strategic married up with a football person, if you will, who is very good at talent evaluation will hopefully put us in a position to win a lot more games than we have in the past.”