Despite his club only posting one win during the 2016 season, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam confirmed today the Cleveland won’t be making any major changes to its decision-making structure, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. As such, EVP of football operations Sashi Brown, chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta, VP of player personnel Andrew Berry, and head coach Hue Jackson will all stay in their current roles.
“I think we have the right people in place,” Haslam said. “I could not be more pleased with the job that Hue and his staff are doing. You wouldn’t think this was a team that was 1-14 that was out there battling. What did we play today? 70-plus minutes of football? So really pleased with Hue and really pleased with our personnel group.
“It took us a while to get there and I’ll take all the responsibility there as I’ve said in the past,” Haslam added. “I think this time last year we said this was going to be multi-year rebuilding. It is. Has this year been harder than we thought it would be? Yes, but I promise you this: We will work hard. I think we’ve got the right people in place, and there’s really three keys going forward…Number one: we’ve got resign our key players. Number two: we’ve got to be appropriately aggressive in free agency. And number three: we’ve got to have a great draft.”
Additionally, while a report earlier today indicated that the Browns coaching staff would like to install a proven talent evaluator in the club’s front office, Haslam denied that he has any intention of hiring such an individual. However, Haslam did say the trifecta of Brown, DePodesta, and Berry will have control of personnel hires, and would be able bring in new voices if they so choose.
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