Unable to produce more than one win over two seasons, Brown was sacked on Thursday by the Haslams, who jettisoned their lead football executive but chose to keep coach Hue Jackson around for another season despite a 1-27 record.
Brown was originally hired to be the Browns executive vice president/general counsel in 2013 and was promoted to executive vice president of football operations three years later in January 2016.
Sashi Brown brought analytics, a bevy of draft picks and some stability to the Cleveland Browns. And more disturbing for ownership: The on-field results were as bad as ever. Jackson called Brown "a good person and a heck of a worker" as he looked ahead to a four-game stretch, in which Cleveland looks to pick up its first win of the season, and beyond to a 2018 season, when Jackson and the Browns hope to be much, much better than they've been en route to a 1-27 mark since Brown and Jackson took over in their respective roles in 2016. Brown, who headed the Browns personnel department for the past two years, was the Browns eighth general manager since the team returned to Cleveland in 1999.
"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", Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said in a statement. On Monday, we saw the New York Giants fire their Head Coach, Ben McAdoo and GM, Jerry Reese.
Haslam said he informed Brown "that we were going in a new direction" and pointed to the 2018 draft, when the Browns will have two first-round picks, as "pivotal for our franchise". "We have begun the process of having productive conversations regarding leadership of our football operations and will provide further updates when appropriate". "We thank Sashi for all his hard work and dedication to the Cleveland Browns".
Haslam saying that Jackson will return in 2018 is probably the most surprising development.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns have "eyes on" former Chiefs GM John Dorsey.
The Cleveland Browns are the lowest of the low in the NFL. So, if they do not beat the Packers this weekend, they could become only the second team to go 0-16.
"The plan" to accumulate draft picks for the future came at the expense of passing on quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson.