Sashi Brown on 'State of the Browns"

Sashi Brown met with the media and addressed the current state of the Browns

BEREA, Ohio--Browns executive vice president Sashi Brown met with the media on Monday and covered a variety of topics. He addressed the current state of the Browns and his vision going forward.

He also said he and the front office own the winless record. 

"We're not going to shy away from the disappointment in our start from a wins and losses perspective," Brown said. "But there are some real positives signs of what we are seeing in the building. We are disappointed but we don't take that as being deterred by any stretch. I give a lot of credit to the coaches and players in our building who are working their tails off.

"We are disappointed," he said. "We are not going to shy away from that in terms of record. We want to win. That's an obvious desire for our ownership, for our staff (and the entire organization) but we also know the process as well."

Brown was asked what the plan was and he said the plan was three-fold. They want to "change the culture", "focus on developing a core nucleus of talent" and keep "continuity."

Brown was asked if he would change the plan, given what has transpired so far in the 2016 season.

"I don't want to come across as stubborn, as we always want want to learn from every decision that we have ," Brown said. "We always knew this was going to be a major challenge where we sat with our roster, our cap situation and where we were standing with our quarterback situation. We knew what we were undertaking. We always want to win but we are steadfast in our plan and  feel we are on the right path."

Brown was asked how he would convince Browns fans that the plan will work as the team is 0-10.

 “I can appreciate the fans and yours, if it’s yours," he said. "It’s hard to look at this other than wins and losses. I can certainly appreciate that. I’m disappointed for our fans and the folks here working in the office. We don’t want to be here. But we also think we’re on the way to a much brighter future.”

Brown was asked what he thinks would happen if the Browns were to finish 0-16 or 1-15. He did say that Hue Jackson's job as head coach was safe.

“We are not focused on 0-16," Brown said. "Hue is going to be here as our head coach. We talked about continuity being one of the corps premises of what we wanted accomplished going out in January. We know that we have a head coach that can be successful here and lead us to a lot of victories and a lot of winning.”

Brown was asked if he was allowed a 'do over' if he would've still traded the No. 2 overall draft pick or stayed and drafted Carson Wentz or Ezekiel Elliott.

"We really do like the players we were able to acquire and we like the positioning of ourselves going into 2017," Brown said. "That trade hasn't borne all of its fruit."

Brown said "we tip our hat to Carson Wentz and what he has been able to do".

He said despite missing out on Wentz and Dak Prescott, he's confident in the system the Browns have in place for all players, including the quarterback position.

“We like the systems and processes we have in place," he said. "Our process in terms of building this roster, whether it’s quarterback or any position, isn’t going to be one that’s born out in a single year. For us, I think, as we look at what we were able to accomplish in terms of the players we were able to add to the roster this year, we like it.

"Quarterback is always a position we’re going to value and continue to take shots at whether or not we have an established guy. I would answer it that way.”

Brown said as difficult as this season has been, he has been able to maintain his resolve.

“It is difficult in the sense that you want to win," Brown said. "You want to win now, and I wish we had a magic wand that we could wave and change our fate, but you can’t do that. The most important thing, I think, about my job is not to take those short cuts and to put this franchise on the path towards sustaining winning for a long period of time. That is really my job and my duty. More than anything else, I want that to happen as soon as possible, but I can’t get caught up in my personal emotions because when you do that, I think you end up making those short emotional decisions.

"I empathize certainly with the fan base," he said. "We want to win for them as soon as possible. We will have a plan in place and we do have a plan in place that is going to lead to a lot of success over a long period of time. We look forward to those days where the Dawg Pound is full and we are playing on Monday night.”



The OBR Top Stories