While the Cleveland Browns have gotten off to the worst start in franchise history, there is no need to make any drastic changes this offseason.
It is no secret to anyone that the Cleveland Browns are a disaster. Year after year we seem to sit down in December and realize just how bad the team is, resulting in calls for change in personnel even if the group in charge is brand new.
The latest suggestion came from Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com, who said the Browns need to hire a “football GM” to come in and get full control over the roster.
She casually throws some shade at the analytics process, although the guys in charge aren’t blind and don’t solely rely on analytics. If an Andrew Luck was in the draft earlier this year, they likely would have taken him.
Hiring this “football GM” would take away the decision-making abilities of Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta, who have had less than a year to prove what they can do. And while the current group could still stay with the team, it would be no different that what he have seen in the past.
Bringing in another individual to make roster decisions would disrupt the plans in place by the current group. We must remember that we were warned 2016 would be a tough season. A rebuild was promised, and that’s what we are seeing on the field.
It is a tough process to watch as a fan, but it is something Jimmy Haslam bought into when bringing Brown and DePodesta into their new roles. Giving up on the plan after one season would show that Haslam lacks confidence in his own decisions.
It would also continue this destructive trend of constant turnover, allowing for no consistency. And yes, while consistency for the sake of consistency may not always be the best strategy, that rule does not apply as it has only been one season. If the Browns are 0-10 in 2018, then there clearly needs to be changes made.
So we all need to relax and let the process continue, for now. This group has a chance to select a franchise-changing talent with the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. If they blow the pick, it may be time to go, but there is no reason to believe a “football GM” would have any better luck. The Browns had those before and we all know how that turned out.