Jimmy Haslam's move to fire Sashi Brown all about the 2018 draft

From ESPN - December 7, 2017

BEREA, Ohio -- Jimmy Haslam clearly agreed with one key point that Sashi Brown conceded in early November: The Cleveland Browns do not have a roster capable of winning in the NFL.

Thats the evident reason Haslam decided that now is the time to get rid of the structure he personally built and sold after the 2016 season.

One win in two seasons, missing on the drafting of Carson Wentz and DeShaun Watson and the botched trade for A.J. McCarron do not paint a good picture for a winless teams front office.

The owner saw what was taking place, then had to ponder the notion of the same people making five picks in the first two rounds of the 2018 draft.

He clearly didnt like it.

The ultimate irony, though, is that the man who said before the season that 2018 would be the time to measure the success of the rebuild fired the guy who set the team up in the draft for success in 2018 and beyond.

At this point, it appears that coach Hue Jackson has won the power struggle. Though the structure of the team has yet to be determined, Jackson seems to have carried the argument that the personnel decisions made it impossible for him to win.

Haslam now has fired four general managers/front-office leaders since he took ownership of the team on Oct. 25, 2012. The next hire will be the fifth front-office leader in five years.

The signs of fissure were readily apparent in Berea, though, and they went beyond the selection and non-selections of quarterbacks.

Hue Jackson started the conversation in London, where he said his team as built had to be perfect to win a game and perfection is impossible in a human game.


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