The change in Cleveland has begun.
The Cleveland Browns have fired Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown according to Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini of ESPN.
No other details have been revealed as of now and it hasn’t been confirmed by the team but given Schefter’s credibility, this is for real.
Brown took over the football operations in January 2016 with no prior experience in building a roster or selecting draft picks but owner Jimmy Haslam tabbed him the guy to lead the new regime.
A 1-27 record which is the worst start in NFL history as well as passing up on franchise quarterbacks sealed Brown’s fate in the end.
That’s not to say Brown didn’t do a good job in Cleveland because he did add some talent here.
Players like Myles Garrett, Emmanuel Ogbah, Jabrill Peppers, David Njoku, Derrick Kindred, Joe Schobert, Larry Ogunjobi and Shon Coleman were acquired in the draft.
Trading a third round pick for Jamie Collins and then re-signing him long term as well as re-signing Joel Bitonio and Christian Kirksey long term which previous regimes didn’t do with homegrown talent.
FInding undrafted players like Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Trevon Coley who have been contributors.
But at the end of the day, passing on Carson Wentz was the downfall and what Sashi Brown will be known for.
As for Hue Jackson’s fate, Schefter reported that he’s safe and ownership is keeping him through at least the 2018 season although the new football executive will have a say in that decision.
The fate of Chief Strategy Office Paul DePodesta and player personnel executives Andrew Berry and Ken Kovach are also unknown but I’m sure they also won’t be here beyond next season.
One name that has already appeared as a potential new executive is former Chiefs general manager John Dorsey. Dorsey was general manager from 2013 to 2016 and has been a longtime NFL executive dating back to his days in Green Bay alongside former Browns president Mike Holmgren.