From the time he took the job as Browns General Manager, Ray Farmer acknowledged his lack of experience.
By hiring former Chiefs boss Bill Kuharich as an adviser (and later giving him the title executive chief of staff, which makes this sound like The West Wing), Farmer showed a willingness to surround himself with veteran voices. He’s continuing that now.
Per Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com, the Browns have revamped their personnel staff, with many of his old Chiefs co-workers and older voices.
Among the hires were Ron Hill (who gave Farmer his first scouting job in Atlanta), Charles Bailey (who Kuharich hired in New Orleans) and Mike Hagen (Farmer’s supervisor in Atlanta).
He also hired longtime scout Bobby DePaul, and added two young scouts he worked with previously.
Hiring guys you know is common practice in the NFL, and in the inter-connected world of personnel men, it’s inevitable.
But the degree to which Farmer is surrounding himself with old pals is impressive, as he puts his own stamp on a franchise that changes directions like most of us change socks.