The unconventional setup, with former baseball executive Paul DePodesta as the chief strategy officer, resulted in the team stockpiling a bunch of draft picks, and getting criticized for how it used its assets. If he also fails to find a quarterback, he'll meet a similar fate to Brown - and one head coach Hue Jackson could be facing soon.
Brown had no experience in evaluating players as he primarily handled the team's salary cap before he was promoted by the Haslams.
With Brown's departure, the franchise will be searching for a general manager for the ninth time since it returned to Cleveland in 1999. "Today we informed Sashi that we were going in a new direction". If that GM likes Jackson, fine, but Haslam is making a mistake if he is already eliminating general manager candidates by declaring Jackson will be back for the 2018 season regardless how the 2017 season ends, even if the current mess was Sashi Brown's responsibility. The team now holds 10 picks for 2018.
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"Hue Jackson will remain our coach and will return for the 2018 season but we feel it is necessary to take significant steps to strengthen our personnel department". The team didn't submit the required paperwork to the league in time to complete the deal before the deadline on October 31, and the clumsy misstep may have been the final straw for Brown.
The Browns have stockpiled picks for future drafts, with six additional picks in April's draft.
The Browns have three second-round picks in 2018 - theirs, and picks from the Eagles and Texans.
However, the team's decision to pass up on drafting quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson in the past two drafts may have hastened Brown's demise and Cleveland has shown little sign of improvement since Brown took over. A year later, the Texans selected Watson at No. 12, after the Browns yet again traded down in Round 1.