Cleveland Browns have reason to be concerned about Andrew Berry
By Randy Gurzi
The Cleveland Browns have the youngest general manager in the NFL in Andrew Berry and Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal says it’s fair to be concerned about him in this role
Andrew Berry is set to be introduced on Wednesday as the new general manager of the Cleveland Browns, making him the youngest in the NFL at just 32-years of age. There’s not much known about him as an executive which is a stark contrast from the boisterous John Dorsey who was there the previous two seasons.
Ahead of that press conference, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal joined Chico after Dark, on 92.3 The Fan, to talk about many different Browns topics. One of the more interesting things the two discussed was their opinion on Berry and how he would do in his new position.
When asked if there was one burning question he wants to see answered, Ulrich said he wanted to know what Berry’s philosophies were on positional importance. He was also curious as to his opinion on Kevin Stefanski and the overly-discussed alignment of the powers that be in Berea — and why he came back when he has seen first-hand how quickly Jimmy Haslam fires everyone.
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From there, he was interested in his plans for the core players such as Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham, Jr. — as well as what his thoughts on retaining Kareem Hunt might be.
All that was interesting and brought up good questions, but he real topic Ulrich hit on was whether or not there should be some concern about Berry due to his age, lack of experience and the fact that they got rid of a lot of their experience in the front office as Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith were both let go as Berry came in.
Ulrich said it’s fair to have concerns and he’s absolutely right. Right now, the Browns are putting their faith in the hands of two young people with no experience in their current roles. Kevin Stefanski has been in the NFL for a long time but has never been a head coach. He also had roughly half a season more of play-calling than Freddie Kitchens before taking on this role.
As for Berry, he has never even been an assistant general manager in the NFL. Clearly, that means he will be leaning on those around him, but with Wolf and Highsmith gone, there aren’t many voices who have been there in the past.
That’s a lot of faith being placed on a guy who will be making the calls for the team that owns the No. 10 overall pick in the upcoming draft.
This isn’t to say that he won’t be succesful, but we should temper expectations — something none of us could do with Kitchens and Dorsey running the show in 2018.
Berry could end up being a great general manager. And he and Stefanski could be a great duo that finally builds a winner in Cleveland. But right now, we are only predicting whether or not that could happen because we simply don’t know enough about either of them.