Well this was unexpected.
On Wednesday, the Cleveland Browns announced the hiring of former Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson under the position of “Senior Personnel Executive.” With respect to the chain of command, the team’s press release clearly stated that Grigson will report to Andrew Berry, who is the team’s VP of Player Personnel.
Grigson was the Colts’ general manager from 2012-2016, a stretch in which Berry used to work for Grigson. Grigson was initially praised for his work in Indianapolis, helping to turn the team around after Peyton Manning’s time in Indy was finished. However, he made a huge blunder when he traded a first-round pick to the Browns for RB Trent Richardson in 2014. We all know how that worked out.
The Grigson move should serve to strengthen the team’s experience and culture, but given the team’s reporting structure, fans shouldn’t have to worry about him having a significant say in changing the path the front office has already been taking.
Statement from Sashi Brown
“Ryan brings valuable experience to our personnel group. He was raised as a road-scout and has been evaluating talent in this league for almost 20 years. We place a premium on that experience and on his passion for football. Ryan has much to offer to any personnel department and we are pleased that he chose to join our staff.”
Statement from Andrew Berry
“We are excited to add Ryan to our personnel department. Having worked with him for four years with the Colts, I know Ryan is an individual with a palpable passion for scouting, a tireless work ethic and an insatiable competitive drive. His experiences as an NFL player and executive will prove valuable to the mission of our group, while his team-orientation and personal integrity will continue to strengthen our department’s culture.”
@IanKenyonNFL I've been on the road with Grigson several times over the years. He is a VG scout, thorough, just wasn't a good GM— Greg Gabriel (@greggabe) May 25, 2017
I hope Ryan Grigson advises the Browns to draft Andrew Luck but not pay him because it will prevent you from building a defense— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) May 24, 2017
Any "take" on Grigson hire with the Browns has to take into account his role. He was a horrible GM in Indy, he is not the GM for the Browns— Jared Mueller (@JaredKMueller) May 24, 2017
Grigson was clearly a good scout. That is how he worked his way up the ranks to become a GM. Failure as decision maker doesn’t = bad scout.— Brendan Leister (@BrendanLeister) May 25, 2017
You can also read some insight that punter Pat McAfee had after Grigson was fired, including why he didn’t care for him at all as a GM.