Browns, Headlines

The Plan was executed as Browns fire Sashi Brown

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.

“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.

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.

  • Steve

    Of course, that also means things could somehow still get worse for the Browns.

  • KFunk

    Me too. But I won’t really believe in Haslam as long as he owns the team. If he starts making decisions that make more sense (like SPEND YOUR SALARY CAP), then I’ll support the team more by going to games, spending my $$ on gear, etc

  • Skulb

    Yup. I’m a sucker for lost causes. Maybe I’m part Scottish.

  • jpftribe

    Depo and Jackson both went on record saying Wentz was not their guy, and you know Haslam signed off on those discussions. I do believe the rumor that they were outmanuevered on Brissett, but that relies on Parcells leaking it which, follow the breadcrumbs, leads to Haslams consulting engagements. Everyone in the league passed on Prescott multiple times. Jackson said he wanted Hooker, not Watson.

    About the only thing I can fault in Sashi directly for here is:
    – Not knowing when to trump and take Wentz, which is asking a lot for a guy brand new, first time to the position.
    – Not getting Brissett in lieu of Colts.
    – SF grabbing Grabapolo.

    In my pretend world of knowing whats going on in Berea, I’ll just believe he knew the AJ trade was horrible, because it truly was and he’s not an idiot, and let it die. Maybe that’s too much credit.

    Kizer is bad. I have a really hard time believing he makes better red zone decisions and has an accurate downfield ball somewhere else. QB’s make their juice throwing TD passes, and he ain’t got it. Good pick where they got him, but there’s a reason he fell that far.

  • jpftribe

    Could? It’s as sure as gravity.

  • Skulb

    Follow the strings up from there and you’ll find even worse people. It’s nothing more than a vile sty now, scantily camouflaged with expensive suits, meaningless rhetoric and shiny buildings. I giggle every time the US government talks about corruption in other countries, while corruption is essentially the system of government in the USA now. Of course they call it lobbyism here, and that makes it all right. They just do things bigger and better in America I guess.

  • mddawg

    And we’ll repeat the Holmgren-Mangini fiasco. The NFL should intervene to force the Haslams to sell the team.

  • mddawg

    Overall his talent acquisition was good. His most obvious failure was failing to identify a franchise QB and drafting wide receivers. He also had no idea how to build a team, many veterans were released unneccesarily (Schwartz, Poyer, Gipson) and those holes were filled with rookies which contributed to the 1-27 record.

  • Forgot to add “… to someone who will move the team to London, England.”

  • Harv

    yeah, the only way the new guy will “steal” credit from Sashi is if he can draft. Trading down for draft picks does not take special skill; you have to have some negotiating skills and that value chart. Evaluating amateur talent and constructing a team in a sensible way that can optimize improvement and growth … not something Sashi ever participated in or should have been entrusted to do.

  • paulbip

    hue still sucks

  • CBiscuit

    *hue really suck

  • mddawg

    That’s tough, I became a Browns fan during residency at Cleveland Clinic and moved from Cleveland over a decade ago. Carolina Panthers are my local team and even with their success, the Browns game still takes top priority on Sunday viewing.

  • tigersbrowns2

    Hi K … while I watch every single game , I haven’t attended a game the last 3 seasons & I haven’t bought any Browns gear either. I just can’t bring myself to not at least watch.

  • KFunk

    Yeah man, me too. Hopefully the new GM as good @ building as Sashi was @ tearing down.

    But shame on the Haslams for buying into the failed execution along the way (too dramatic a tear-down, and resistance to strike with good draft picks & cap spending).

  • swig

    <3

  • swig

    +1

  • Skulb

    I won’t experience any serious conflict until the glorious day when the Browns and the Redskins face off in the Superbowl. I think I have pretty good odds of dying quite a while before that day though. And if not I’ll deal with it then.

  • RGB

    Holy crap!
    Drive down to Fr. Lauderdale and things go to hell in a handbasket while I’m in the car.
    I have some catching up to do…

  • CBI
  • My cup runneth over. With whiskey. To make it all tolerable.

  • Garry_Owen

    I swear, I will never understand my Browns fan brethren (and sistren). For two years, it’s been nothing but, “The Browns are a dumpster fire laughing stock Sashi is an egghead idiot that knows nothing about football and FIRE EVERYONE.” Then, the Browns fire Sashi, and everyone’s all, like, “OMG THE BROWNS ARE A DUMPSTER FIRE LAUGHING STOCK FOR FIRING SASHI!!!!!1!!1!!!!!”

    Somebody wake me when we actually know anything at all about anything at all. No, never mind. I think I’ll stay asleep.

  • mgbode

    sounds like you spilled

  • Saggy

    ha. A Dion Waiters GIF on a Browns thread?