Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Browns’ coaches have “deep concerns” with the direction of the personnel department and plan to discuss them with owner Jimmy Haslam after the season.
According to La Canfora, Browns HC Hue Jackson has no plans to push for the removal of executive Sashi Brown or the team’s analytics department. However, sources tell La Canfora that there will be a “strong push” for the team to bring in a proven, old-school talent evaluator to be involved in player selection and provide some checks and balances for the current setup.
La Canfora points out that the Browns have gotten very little from their 2016 draft class, despite using several picks and some of the veteran players they let go in free agency have gone on to have big impacts for other teams. With all of this in mind, La Canfora believes the Browns should bring in a former general manager to oversee player evaluation.
Ian Rapoport also reports Haslam still believes in the team’s analytical-based approach as well as Jackson, despite the fact that the team has just one this season. Rapoport also expects the Browns to be on the lookout to bolster their scouting department next year and hire a top scout right below the general manager who would serve as the “main football voice” and be responsible for targeting the kind of players Jackson covets.
It will be interesting to see how the Browns are able to blend the two styles of talent evaluation moving forward or if one approach gains leverage over the other.
We’ll have more regarding changes for the Browns as the news is available.