Fired Browns executive VP Sashi Brown says ‘turnaround is coming’

BEREA, Ohio-- The Cleveland Browns fired executive vice president Sashi Brown, ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported Thursday morning.

Owner Jimmy Haslam also announced head coach Hue Jackson will remain with the team and will return for the 2018 season.

Brown joined the organization in 2013 and has been in charge of personnel since January 2016. Before that, he spent eight years with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“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," Haslam said in a statement.

Brown was part of the team that hired Jackson as head coach. The team is 1-27 during their tenure.

"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," Haslam said.

Later in the day, Brown released the following statement through the team:

"I want this to be real and clear, the way I know Cleveland and Browns fans can appreciate: Our win-loss record since I became executive vice president isn’t going to cut it.

"We worked hard. I am so grateful to the people I worked with throughout my four-plus years with the Browns, particularly the people I worked with the past two years. We embarked on a mission to rebuild the Browns for long-term, sustainable success. We were committed and aggressive in our approach, even if unorthodox at times. We made dramatic changes and put in place a foundation on which championships can be built.

"Obviously, the Browns have not yet achieved the turnaround we wanted for a franchise and the best fans in the NFL, who deserve it more than any other in sports. I know that turnaround is coming.

"I thank Dee and Jimmy and the rest of the Haslam family for taking a chance on me. And when that turnaround happens, wherever I am, I will smile – more than a little bittersweetly – and say, to myself, 'Go Browns!'"

Prior to his career as a football executive, Brown from an attorney for a private firm in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 2002.

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“Sashi is a good person and a heck of a worker,” Hue Jackson says.

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Jackson says his focus is coaching the team and turning it around. He says he appreciates Jimmy and Dee Haslam. 

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“I’m just a big a part of it as Sashi,” Jackson says. “I take my responsibility too.”

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Jackson says he doesn’t necessarily want to be the person making personnel decision, but wants to work closely with that person.

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“Sashi is a good person and I’ve enjoyed my time working with him,” Jackson says. “This is a performance-based business.”

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“He really, truly wants a collaboration,” Jackson says about Jimmy Haslam. “We want people to be here and do it for a long time.”

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“Analytics only played a part. Am I a football traditionalist? Yes I am,” Jackson says.

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Jackson says the bottom line is Jimmy made a change. “I have not gotten this football team where it needs to be.”

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Jackson does not like a reporter referring to it as a “power struggle” between him and Sashi Brown. 

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On the subject of an offensive coordinator, Jackson says he didn’t think it would be fair to bring in another guy to take the blame.