It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from Cleveland Browns Executive VP of Football Operations Sashi Brown, but he spoke with local reporters on Monday around 2:15 PM. The session lasted around 35 minutes, and here are the highlights, via nuggets released on Twitter:
Record Disappointing, but Sticking to the Plan
Despite Jason La Canfora’s report of possible changes in Berea, Brown made a point to mention the support that the Haslams have shown. While the front office is disappointed with the team’s record right now, they also understand that the more important factor seeing the growth of players for the long haul. They also said that continuity is part of this process, so there won’t be coaching changes.
#Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown said 0-10 record hasn't made them rethink plan b/c they knew this would be major challenge.— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) November 14, 2016
#Browns Sashi Brown: coach Hue Jackson's job is safe regardless of record. Haslams knew would be tough road, but believe in plan, people— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) November 14, 2016
Changing Culture and Identifying Core Players
The front office will not let the winless record force them to abort their plan in an effort to accelerate the rebuild. Besides continuity, the key missions include changing culture and developing a core nucleus of talent. Who is included in that nucleus? I’m sure he didn’t want to name everybody, but here is who Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 the Fan jotted down:
So who on this team is any good? Sashi Brown mentioned: Shelton, Kirksey, Coleman, Duke, Crow, Ricardo Louis, Spencer Drango #Browns— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) November 14, 2016
Path for RGIII, Thoughts on Kessler
Medically, Robert Griffin III should be ready to play this year. It’ll be up to head coach Hue Jackson regarding whether he actually plays or not. In the mean time, they’ll continue to evaluate Cody Kessler to see if he is a viable option for the future.
Brown said RG3 could be back "later this year" but no guarantee he would get starting job back, that would Jackson's decision. #Browns— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) November 14, 2016
#Browns Sashi Brown said Cody Kessler can be QB of future but gonna be developmental process. Will continue to try to upgrade position.— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) November 14, 2016
- Besides saying OLB Jamie Collins is a talented player they’d like to have in Cleveland, he didn’t comment much else on getting an actual deal done.
- Sashi has no regrets on what they did in the 2016 NFL Draft — passing on No. 2 overall to acquire more assets for the future.
- He said they’d be crazy to not second guess some of their decisions on letting last year’s free agent class walk, but it is what it is and they are fine with the decisions that were made.
- They won’t give up on C Cameron Erving and believe there is still some development they can get out of him.