Browns add Eliot Wolf to the rebuilt front office
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns continue to rebuild their front office as the club has now hired Eliot Wolf to be the assistant general manger.
The rebuilding of the Cleveland Browns front office rolled along Wednesday as the team hired Eliot Wolf as assistant general manager.
The Browns also confirmed the hiring of Alonzo Highsmith as vice president of football operations.
The moves were announced on the team’s website.
Wolf was in high demand after being passed over for the general manager’s job with the Green Bay Packers. He was scheduled to meet with the Oakland Raiders for a position in their front office, but the Browns were able to seal the deal before that could occur.
Of course, the last time the Browns got their man before another team could swoop in was when they convinced head coach Hue Jackson to skip his interview with the New York Giants, and we all know how well that has turned out.
This should be a different, however, as Wolf and Highsmith join a front office run by a familiar face in general manager John Dorsey, as all three men worked together in various roles in Green Bay.
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Wolf spent 14 years with the Packers, the last two as the team’s director of football operations. He has considerable experience as he also worked in the roles of director of player personnel, director of pro personnel, assistant director of player personnel, and assistant director of pro personnel.
In Green Bay, Wolf’s main duties included coordinating the pro and college football departments; evaluating players in the NFL and college via film study; and managing the team’s involvement in visits with college players, attendance at pro days, the annual NFL Scouting Combine, and the various college all-star games, including the Senior Bowl.
In just a short amount of time on the job Dorsey has transformed the front office, filling it with people he is familiar with and has had success with. That should go a very long way toward making sure that everyone is working toward the same goal.
It also continues to limit Jackson’s options for placing blame when things go wrong. With everyone in the front office bringing successful experience and a unified message into the building, Jackson will need to get on board and quick. (It’s unfortunate that Jackson still has a direct line to owner Jimmy Haslam, however, as that keeps open a pipeline for Jackson to fill Haslam’s ear with sweet nothings, but one problem at a time here.)
While Wolf and Highsmith are the big talking points, the Browns also announced some other moves within the front office. The team is bringing on Jimmy Noel as assistant director of pro scouting, Matt Donahoe as a scout and Dan Zegers as a personnel coordinator. All three have experience working in the personnel department from their time together with Dorsey in Kansas City with the Chiefs.
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Finally, Ken Kovash will move into a vice president position in the strategy department after spending the past two years as vice president of player personnel.