It seems as if the new regime in Berea is complete.
After bringing aboard Sashi Brown as the team's Executive VP of Football Operations, Paul DePodesta as the team's Chief Strategy Officer and Hue Jackson as the team's head coach, the Browns have hired Andrew Berry as the team's Vice President of Player Personnel.
Brown welcomed him aboard with a statement in a team press release.
“We are fortunate to add someone of Andrew's caliber to the Cleveland Browns,” said Brown. “Andrew has been part of a strong foundation in Indianapolis and possesses a tremendous understanding of what is needed to lead a successful, high functioning and comprehensive personnel group. He has been trained by some very experienced and highly successful personnel executives in the National Football League. Andrew understands what it takes to build a winning team and the individual traits that are essential in looking at each player that make up that team. Andrew's strategic and relentless approach to improving his craft and this team will positively impact our short and long-term opportunities. We are excited to welcome him to Cleveland.”
While Brown was excited, Berry too expressed his enthusiasm in having a new position and joining a new organization
“I am truly excited about the opportunity to work with the Cleveland Browns,” said Berry. “I look forward to collaborating with Hue, Sashi, Paul (DePodesta) and the personnel staff to make the most informed decisions to benefit our organization. Hue is an outstanding coach with a diversity of expertise and proven track record of success, while I think Sashi and Paul are two of the brightest minds in all of professional sports. Jimmy and Dee (Haslam) have made it clear that they are committed to providing a winning team to the most passionate fan base in the NFL and this is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to building the perennial contender that Browns fans deserve."
Berry, 28, spent the last four seasons as the Pro Scouting Coordinator for the Indianpolis Colts and spent the three years before that as a scout and scouting assistant with the organization.
While with the Colts, Berry worked under Hall of Fame executive, Bill Polian, who endorsed him glowingly.
“Andrew Berry is one of the brightest young men we ever had the pleasure of working with. He came to us very early in his career and very soon we realized he was on a fast track," Polian said. "I am not surprised the Browns hired him for this very important position. I assure you he has both the capacity and the will to do an outstanding job. The Browns have made, in my humble opinion, a great hire.”
Prior to his seven years in Indianapolis, Berry graduated from Harvard University, where he was a four-year starter on the Crimson football team and graduated Cum Laude.
Amidst his four years of football, Berry was thrice a First-Team All Ivy League selection and twice an All-American at cornerback.
Berry is now the third Harvard graduate to join Cleveland's front office this offseason, as both Brown and DePodesta spent time at the prestigious university in Cambridge, Massachussettes.
Brown said last week that the Browns wouldn't hire a General Manager, as he has control of the 53-man roster, but that the VP of Player Personnel-- now Berry-- will be responsible for talent evaluation.
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