This morning in Tony Grossi's article at ESPN Cleveland, he makes an interesting point. With today being the trade deadline, he mentions that team President Alec Scheiner may be gaining more power within the football operations, according to a source.
Scheiner was named team President in late 2012 just a few months after Jimmy Haslam bought the club. Scheiner came over from the Dallas Cowboys to run all business operations for the team, however it appears he's gaining more traction on the football side of the team as well.
In regards to the rumors floating around that the Browns are looking to potentially move (future Hall of Fame) left tackle Joe Thomas, and/or center Alex Mack, Grossi cites that the one driving that strategy is none other than Scheiner.
The source said the person pushing this strategy is President Alec Scheiner, who appears to have gained inroads in football operations.
Furthermore, Scheiner has apparently become "the loudest voice in the ear of owner Jimmy Haslam," according to Grossi's source.
Read into this what you will, but it appears that the Browns' front office may be even more chaotic than previously thought. Scheiner seems like he can run the business very well (as evident by the team's increase in value over the last three years), but it remains to be seen what he can do on the football side of things.
Between Scheiner, General Manager Ray Farmer, and Head Coach Mike Pettine, I believe Jimmy Haslam has assembled some smart football minds. The problem I see, though, is that none of these minds have clear lines in which to operate. I obviously don't know the ins and outs of the entire front office, but on the surface it appears that there is far too much ambiguity in their roles. Whether that is each man grasping for power, or the owner meddling within their responsibilites remains to be seen.
What do you all make of Alec Scheiner potentially gaining more power? Does that spell the end of Ray Farmer's run as GM?