Sports Winless Browns fire VP of football operations

22:36  07 december  2017
22:36  07 december  2017 Source:

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CLEVELAND (AP) — AP source: Winless Cleveland Browns fire Sashi Brown , executive VP of football operations , with 4 games left in season. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Newswires.

One win in two seasons cost Sashi Brown his job with the Browns. Coach Hue Jackson is keeping his — for now.

Winless with four weeks left in another dismal season, the Cleveland Browns fired Brown on Thursday, jettisoning their top football executive who was unable to improve the franchise enough to satisfy owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam.

Jackson, though, is safe and will return for the 2018 season despite a 1-27 record.

"We have great appreciation and gratitude for Sashi's commitment and leadership to our organization but believe transitioning to someone with strong experience and success in drafting and building consistently winning football teams is critical to the future of the Cleveland Browns," Jimmy Haslam said in a statement. "Today we informed Sashi that we were going in a new direction. The 2018 draft and off-season is pivotal for our franchise, we need to ensure that we maximize our opportunity for success; with our picks, free agency and building our roster.

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The winless Cleveland Browns on Thursday relieved their executive vice - president of football operations of his duties, according to a statement released by the team. A person familiar with the decisions says the Cleveland Browns have fired Sashi Brown .

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Brown was named the team's top executive by the Haslams during an overhaul following the 2015 season. His firing is not unexpected since the Browns are 0-12 for the second straight season with Brown in charge. He gutted Cleveland's roster, electing not to re-sign some of the team's own free agents in favour of signing younger players and acquiring future draft picks.

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Disappointing drafts

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. Brown had no experience in evaluating players as he served as the team's general counsel before handling the salary cap and contracts.

ESPN was first to report Brown's dismissal.

Brown and Jackson appeared to be at odds over several roster decisions and Haslam figured his best course of action was to end the relationship rather than attempting to repair it.

The Browns host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

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