Going 1-27 would appear to have its repercussions as the Cleveland Browns have terminated the contract of executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Browns fired executive VP Sashi Brown, the man who headed Cleveland’s personnel department the past two years, league sources told @diannaESPN and me.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 7, 2017
“We have great appreciation and gratitude for Sashi’s commitment and leadership to our organization but believe transitioning to someone with strong experience and success in drafting and building consistently winning football teams is critical to the future of the Cleveland Browns,” team owner Jimmy Haslam said in a release. “Today we informed Sashi that we were going in a new direction. The 2018 draft and offseason is pivotal for our franchise, we need to ensure that we maximize our opportunity for success; with our picks, free agency and building our roster. Hue Jackson will remain our coach and will return for the 2018 season but we feel it is necessary to take significant steps to strengthen our personnel department. We have begun the process of having productive conversations regarding leadership of our football operations and will provide further updates when appropriate. We thank Sashi for all his hard work and dedication to the Cleveland Browns.”
Brown, who was promoted to Executive Vice President of Football Operations upon the firing of Ray Farmer two seasons ago, forged a plan that was to remove the Browns from the dregs of the NFL’s standings. While he accumulated an incredible amount of draft capital, it was at the cost of passing on multiple quarterbacks who have flashed MVP-like talent in such a short amount of time, and failing to trade for another, while producing a startling lack of results on the field.
As it pertains to the rest of the organization, multiple reports are circulating that the Browns have been looking into general manager candidates, a position that has not existed in it’s typical form under the team’s current structure.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 7, 2017
While Brown excelled in acquiring draft picks, it appears there was a lack of confidence in his ability to capitalize on said assets. In the event it was an internal struggle between the front office and the head coach, it appears the head coach has won out—for now.