SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Lindsay H. Jones breaks down the matchups that every NFL fan should make sure to watch this weekend.
USA TODAY Sports
The Cleveland Browns fired executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown on Thursday while announcing that coach Hue Jackson will return in 2018.
“Hue Jackson will remain our coach and will return for the 2018 season, but we feel it is necessary to take significant steps to strengthen our personnel department,” owner Jimmy Haslam said in a statement.
“We have begun the process of having productive conversations regarding leadership of our football operations and will provide further updates when appropriate.”
Brown, who assumed his role in 2016, was in charge of Cleveland’s personnel and oversaw the construction of its 53-man roster.
“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 pressident isn’t going to cut it,” Brown said in a statement.
“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.”
The Browns become the second NFL team this week to make a change in the front office. The New York Giants fired general manager Jerry Reese, in…