There’s breaking news out of Cleveland. General Manager Sashi Brown has been fired. And if you wanted more evidence that football is a cut-throat business, that the NFL is a league where nobody’s safe, where rent is due every single day, you’ve got a GM working on a perfect season… And he’s not going to be able to see it to the end.
Brown has been the team’s GM since January of 2016. Since then, all Cleveland has done is rattle off losses in 27 of 28 games, passed on franchise quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson, and gone all-in on The Process, stock-piling nearly as many draft picks as losses, 24 picks over the last two drafts, and a 2018 Draft that includes TWO 1st rounder’s and TWO 2nd rounder’s. I legitimately don’t know what the problem was? That’s a resume that gets you a five-year extension, not a boot in the ass. Hell, it should get him a STATUE out front — and it would have — if the Browns didn’t BLOW last year’s run at perfection had JOSH LAMBO not done THIS as time expired last Christmas Eve:
That’s haunting. THAT’s a tragedy. THAT’s a fireable offense. Not skipping over a couple quarterbacks that look like future Pro Bowlers for a decade. Or failing to get a trade finished in time to get A.J. McCarron, or getting scooped on Jimmy Garoppolo because someone from inside the building leaked you were already home for the night playing with your kids.
Jimmy Haslam released a statement thanking Brown for his commitment and leadership, but said the team believes “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.”
Haslam also announced that head coach Hue Jackson isn’t going anywhere. Jackson, who is 1 and 27 through his first 28 games — is staying — not just through the season, but NEXT season as well.
Candidates to replace Brown are already starting to emerge, with the biggest name former Chiefs GM John Dorsey. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that the Browns have been vetting Dorsey privately for weeks. And whoever gets the gig better know that they have a critical offseason ahead. Again, this quote is from Haslam’s release:
“The 2018 draft and offseason 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.”
As much as I want to spin this thing forward, and wonder what it all means for the franchise, I can’t stop but think about what could’ve been. What could’ve been if Josh Freaking Lambo didn’t get in the way of back-to-back perfect seasons. The chance to go DOUBLE ORLOVSKY.
To think that all the magic we experienced that year in The D — when Orlovsky, Charlie Batch and John Kitna teamed up for that dream run — all of that awesomeness could’ve been DOUBLE had it not been for two missed 4th quarter Chargers field goals.
And GM or no GM, C-town, let’s be real: Don’t do this to me again: FINISH THE JOB.