Winless Browns fire VP Brown, coach staying

Winless Browns fire VP Brown, coach staying

Haslam said he informed Brown "that we were going in a new direction" and pointed to the 2018 draft, when the Browns will have two first-round picks, as "pivotal for our franchise".

The Browns promoted Sashi Brown to executive VP of football operations on January 3, 2016. John Dorsey (Chiefs), Scot McCloughan (Redskins), Trent Kirchner (Seahawks) and Eliot Wolf (Packers), all former NFL Executives, have been linked to the Browns.

Brown was at the helm for 24 draft picks, more than a dozen trades and numerous more moves involving waived, released and claimed players.

The Browns were a shockingly bad 1-27 with Brown running the personnel department, but the Boston native and Harvard Law School graduate was able to stockpile some serious assets during his brief tenure that will leave a nice present for his successor.

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Haslam also announced Jackson will remain as coach for next season. "We have begun the process of having productive conversations regarding leadership of our football operations and will provide further updates when appropriate". Needless to say, it will be interesting to find out whether Jackson makes good on his tease of hiring an offensive coordinator next season. "But whoever that person is is somebody that I'd have to work very closely with and feel very comfortable with as we move forward". "I've got to think through a lot of things first before I start talking about it".

Brown joined the organization in 2013 and was promoted to VP in 2016.

Brown's firing didn't cause any uproar among Cleveland's players, some of whom have been hardened by the constant turnover. "My job is to coach this football team, try to get this team to where it needs to be and hold this group together and hold our coaching staff accountable to be the best we can be".

"I'm just trying to digest everything", said 10-time Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas, who was lost for the season with a triceps injury. "I think Hue's a great coach and it's important to have that consistency, especially for all the young players we have".

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