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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.

  • Saggy

    Again, I lament the removal of the downtick button.

  • Saggy

    With all this talk about dropping the Browns – why now? At this point? What would that accomplish for you?

    I still watch every game and I still want them to win. Let this be a slap in the face or a dousing of cold water to your faithless hearts!!!!

  • jpftribe

    I dunno. Everytime I think they hit rock bottom, Haslam buys a bigger pick axe.

  • jpftribe

    It’s not like a switch but more like a dial. An alt-spinal-tap dial that goes to -11.

  • jpftribe
  • Harv

    one of my fav sports quotes of all time

  • Chris
  • Harv

    except that’s not Jimmy’s story at all. He built a nice business into a huge one after taking over.

  • Chris

    If only he had an experienced front office lawyer on staff to help with cap issues and draft trades.

  • humboldt

    They may well continue pushing the zenith higher in the future, but the present state of the organization deserves special recognition for having achieved this rarefied accomplishment of ineptitude.

  • humboldt

    The ineptitude is actually a social good – it’s all most fans have left. The parade is the best possible example of how the fan base has turned historic failure into a sort of dadaist performance art

  • jpftribe

    Uptick for having to google Dadaist.

  • Harv

    [takes biiiig news to lure Swig out of hiding]

  • Harv

    that’s a beaut.

  • Harv

    yeah, the THIS was hiring lawyer cap guy as GM, since Haslam could not internalize the lesson of Joe Banner. Today just represents the inevitable sprouting of the stupidity seed planted 2 years ago.

  • Harv

    Can’t be more perfectly qualified than Omaha-Omaha. Does Larry even do State Farm commercials? And if not, why would you think he’d be a good GM?

  • tsm

    Especially Congress, who exempt themselves from the very laws they pass!

  • BenRM

    You could also lose all 4 preseason games?

  • Harv

    Dude, gonna miss your yellow “plan” sheet (sorta)

  • tsm

    Forget the pros, the college game is more exciting, has much more passion and is more variable.

  • CBiscuit

    Sometimes you get a Michael. And sometimes you get a Fredo. It is our right to work hard and enjoy the fruits of our labor, even if those fruits are squandered by nitwits who don’t take advantage of their privilege and opportunity. Fortunately for him, Al Lerner didn’t have to witness the dumpster fire (or at least the gasoline poured on top of the heap).

    Ah well, we shall see. Our present little Fredo gaspumper might not be long for the NFL world if the legal action heats up…you never know.

  • CBiscuit

    His dome glowed a little brighter orange today!

  • Chris

    Hue’s already the QB guy… we don’t need another one. Is there a FB guy anywhere in the organization? I think not. It’s time.

  • Chris

    Would you say it’s an orangier Hue?

  • BenRM

    Did you know that, before he was canonized, St. Lawrence was a vicar from Vickers?

  • MartyDaVille

    I contend it would be the nadir of their eptitude, and therefore the zenith of their ineptitude.

  • Harv

    Potential explanations as to why Haslam announced Hue shall return:

    – A moronic attempt to extract continued effort from loyalist players and maybe avoid 0-16 infamy.
    – Already has a deal with a new team president who agrees to at least let Hue start 2018.
    – He promised Hue wouldn’t be canned no matter what until year 3 earliest, and knows Mike Silver will tell the world Haslam broke a personal promise.
    – A moronic notion that Hue is a competent head coach.

    I fear these are the seeds of another misstep. If you re-boot, re-boot with the most competent person you can find to run the org with no strings attached. If you think you have that competent guy, get the hell out of the way and let him pick his own guys. The question is not whether it’s fair to the HC who’s shown virtually no HC skills. The question is what’s fair to the customers. And if Jimmy was stupid/desperate enough to make an unproven guy like Hue off-the-book promises, he needs to assuage his guilt some other way. The restaurant customers need not contract food poisoning from rancid meat because the owner promised the chef 3 years, no matter what.

  • scripty

    What’s better odds, Packers getting a third HOF quarterback soon or Browns turning it around?

  • JNeids

    Sashi? More like SasBYE, amiright?!?

    I would love to see some Texts From Ray(TM) on this matter.

  • tigersbrowns2
  • Chris

    You chose this?

  • tigersbrowns2
  • tigersbrowns2

    hi SCRIPTY … Browns turning it around.

  • scripty

    This needs some Sashimetrics to really know

  • tigersbrowns2
  • tigersbrowns2

    hi SAGGY … i still watch every play of every game … that’s just what i do.

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi JPF … and he had a 43-21 record !!!! must be nice to be that inefficient.

  • tigersbrowns2

    … until the new GM that Haslam covets says he wants to hire his own HC. I guess we’ll find out eventually.

  • jpftribe

    Um, that’s basically 10+ wins a year, which would be galactic improvement. I was referring more to the random firing of people without telling anyone and the rift with the coaching staff.

  • Harv

    yeah, read a few of those stories. Seems like an accomplished talent evaluator without the requisite skills to administer an org. But as a GM under a team president? Yes, please.

  • CBI

    Use the ‘Flag as Inappropriate’ option.

  • tigersbrowns2

    i picked-up on what you were layin’ down , my brother …

  • CBI

    The water burns… vodka?

  • Steve

    “What would that accomplish for you?”

    Peaceful Sundays from here on. Sure, you don’t get the lost ones back, but, sunk costs and all.

  • rtpinfla

    Well that Roy Horton thing…. oh yeah.

  • Steve

    *Turns on ESPN to see the national opinions of this, and sees Herm Edwards at the desk, and not out recruiting for his new team, and thinks that maybe this isnt the worst run football team out there*

  • jpftribe

    Just making sure you weren’t still dreamin of Jeanie.

  • Nathan Stacey

    So Brown missed two potential HoF QBs. Given the history of Cleveland QBs, give me one reason either would be a HoF QB in Cleveland? Who knows, maybe Kizer would have been a HoF as well had he landed.. anywhere else

  • tigersbrowns2

    you know , there more i’ve read , it’s seems the timing of Sashi’s firing might coincide with what the Giants just did … the Browns must likely covet Dorsey & want to beat the Giants to-the-punch … not that Dorsey will want to come here , but it seems to fit.

  • KFunk

    Doesn’t seem like a team prez is in the works, if a GM is hired first. Because obviously a prez would want to hire the GM