Top ex­ec­u­tive Brown is first to pay price in Cleve­land

Waterloo Region Record - - SPORTS - Tom Withers

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

Win­less with four weeks left in an­other dis­mal Na­tional Foot­ball League sea­son, Cleve­land 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.

Brown was named the team’s top ex­ec­u­tive by the Haslams dur­ing an over­haul fol­low­ing the ’15 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.

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.

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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