Sashi Brown has another job — in another sport

AP

The Browns thought they were being outside-the-box when they put Sashi Brown in charge of their football operation.

When it didn’t work, his next job came from outside the sport.

The NBA’s Washington Wizards announced this morning that Brown was hired as chief planning and operations officer He joins new General Manager Tommy Sheppard in the rebuilt front office for the Wizards — who have some Brown-ish tendencies in their own sport.

“We have formed a new leadership team with a forward-thinking structure to adapt to the ‘new NBA’ that requires every possible strategic advantage to compete and win,” Wizards chairman and CEO Ted Leonsis said in a statement that’s pumped as full of buzzwords as the Browns were in bad draft picks during Brown’s leadership. “We are building a leadership brain trust with deep Wizards/NBA experience and with sports professionals from inside and outside the NBA to challenge our thinking and adapt to an ever-increasing competitive environment.”

The team’s release said Brown would “manage efforts relating to technology, finance, communications, security, research and player engagement,” which means he’s not making basketball decisions.

Brown’s background is in law, and he worked as counsel for the Jaguars and Browns before being given the reins in one of Jimmy Haslam’s many shakeups.

And while you can’t put all the blame for his tenure in Cleveland on him (Hue Jackson was there too), another leadership role in football was probably unlikely.

8 responses to “Sashi Brown has another job — in another sport

  1. I don’t care about the Browns, but it was OBVIOUS what Sashi was doing was replicating “THE PROCESS” with Cleveland by tanking 2-3 years to amass draft picks and clean up the team salary cap.

    Let’s be clear – Cleveland & Dorsey WOULD NOT have the players they have now without the treasure trove of picks that Sashi built up, AS THAT WAS HIS PLAN.

  2. Nothing like dumping on the “bad draft picks” of a guy who barely even had time to get a process going. The team’s 2016 draft was bad, but Brown was only in place starting January 3rd, and everyone knows that draft scouting is a full-year process. As a non-football guy, he was relying on the “football people” in place in Cleveland for that first draft. It didn’t help that Dorsey dumped high picks such as Nassib after only two years, only to see him go on and have more of an impact on another team. 4 out of the top 5 picks from 2017 have been so far, so good with only two years of evaluation so far, and the pick that didn’t work (Kizer) was a known gamble to see whether the team could “hit” on a QB late in the second round.

    The entire point of hiring a guy like Brown was to allow him to create a different kind of front office architecture, one that would that delegate authority to the right “experts” and seek out (and even create) the latest best practices for FO work. That kind of thing takes some years to fully develop, and not only was Brown dumped after less than two calendar years but also his authority was undermined consistently by ownership allowing the “traditional football guy” head coach (Jackson) to interfere. There have been some excellent articles written that have shown that, almost immediately, Browns ownership jerked Brown around…so is it any surprise that the franchise’s long-running issues continued?

    P.S. Part of Brown’s plan was to trade down or out of the current year to add greater amounts of future draft pick value. Dorsey was handed the #4 overall pick (CB Ward) and #35 pick (RB Chubb) in 2018 thanks to Brown sacrificing the present for a future he wouldn’t even get to benefit from. The value those picks provide belongs primarily to Brown, not Dorsey.

  3. Ouch. To think they were so close to nabbing Tim Connelly too.

    Wizards about to look like the 2000’s Browns of the NBA.

  4. “AS THAT WAS HIS PLAN.”
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    Not only did Brown never have a plan he didn’t even have a plan to get a plan. “The process” has become the “plan for guys who never had a plan”. Just be spectacularly inept for a long period of time then any improvement–even if it comes years later with totally different people in charge–becomes something you can take credit for. It’s like saying “Remember the idiot who burned down the old apartment building? Well, without him you wouldn’t have this brand new apartment building, would you?”

  5. So this dude went from MLB (Mets) to NFL (Browns) to NBA (Wizards)???? Just goes to show that if you have a fancy degree, when poorly-ran franchises are desperate (which is always), they’ll keep throwing opportunities at you in spite of your inept track record. Or perhaps because of it. It fits their culture of loserdom.

  6. It was Podesta not Brown who was the Mastermind in trading down and amassing draft picks. Brown was in on the tanking, but that doesn’t make him a good GM as any of us here could do that. Drafting GOOD players is the hard part, something Brown didn’t do.

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