Sashi Brown released the following statement regarding the Browns’ decision to fire him on Thursday.
“I want this to be real and clear, the way I know Cleveland and Browns fans can appreciate: Our win-loss record since I became executive vice president isn’t going to cut it.
We worked hard. I am so grateful to the people I worked with throughout my four-plus years with the Browns, particularly the people I worked with the past two years. We embarked on a mission to rebuild the Browns for long-term, sustainable success. We were committed and aggressive in our approach, even if unorthodox at times. We made dramatic changes and put in place a foundation on which championships can be built.
Obviously, the Browns have not yet achieved the turnaround we wanted for a franchise and the best fans in the NFL, who deserve it more than any other in sports. I know that turnaround is coming.
I thank Dee and Jimmy and the rest of the Haslam family for taking a chance on me. And when that turnaround happens, wherever I am, I will smile – more than a little bittersweetly – and say, to myself, “Go Browns!”
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Adam Schefter and Dianna Marie Russini are reporting that the Browns have fired executive VP Sashi Brown on Thursday and will look for a new front office executive to run their personnel department.
Here’s the statement from Browns owner Jimmy Haslam:
“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. 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.”
According to Ian Rapoport, Brown knew his job was in jeopardy and recently met with owner Jimmy Haslam to discuss his situation. However, Brown was reported told no decision had been made.
Reports have been circulating for some time now that the Browns were looking to bring in a new personnel executive with prior experience at cultivating NFL talent. Beyond that, the Browns have one just a single game since hiring Brown, so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise to hear that changes are in fact coming for Cleveland.
It can’t hurt to get an early start on finding their next GM. However, there will almost certainly be questions from top executives about taking this job, considering the consistent turnover in Cleveland and the way the team is currently structured.
Brown, 41, was hired by Cleveland back in 2016 after the Browns began restructuring their front office. After working with the Jaguars, Brown was hired to replace former Browns GM Ray Farmer.
During his two years in Cleveland, Brown’s team produced a record of 1-27.