In this week’s column for Pro Football Weekly, I consider general manager Tom Heckert’s future with the Cleveland Browns. Now that Jimmy Haslam III and Joe Banner are in the organization, one wonders if they will retain Heckert or simply clean house to start fresh. Judging by the last three drafts, though, it would be in their best interest to keep Heckert around.
Here is an excerpt:
Haslam has talked about building a model of consistency, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone if he and Banner clean house after the season ends.
Should they, though? The Browns are sitting at a painful 1-5 record, but it would be hard to find many people who think the roster is hopeless. In fact, the general consensus has shifted toward actual optimism.
Much of this turnaround can be attributed to Heckert. In his three years as general manager, he has taken one of the oldest rosters in the league, gutted it, and infused it with young talent on both sides of the ball.”
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