Earlier today, the news broke that Sashi Brown, the Executive VP of Football Operations for the Cleveland Browns, had been fired by owner Jimmy Haslam. Brown has always been a very smooth person when he talked to the media, and his statement upon departing the club was no different:
“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!”
While I will miss Brown, the one thing I won’t miss as a writer is constantly having to type his long title out every time I introduced him in an article. “General manager” or GM will be a breath of fresh air to write, and that seems to be the direction the team is headed.