The Browns, as expected, announced the hiring of Ron Wolf as a personnel consultant this morning.
Wolf retired from the Packers in 2001, after over-seeing a resurgence of the franchise that resulted in six consecutive playoff appearances. Wolf was awarded the NFL Executive of the Year honor in 1992, and has been highly sought-after by NFL teams in the two years since his retirement. Wolf recently passed on an opportunity to serve a lead role in the Miami Dolphins organization.
The hiring of Wolf, even in a part-time capacity, brings another successful executive to the Browns organization. Team President Carmen Policy was part of the highly successful San Francisco 49er organizations in the 80s and 90s, and Butch Davis led the Miami Hurricanes to a national championship in 2002.
Despite the impressive resumes of the Browns leadership, however, the team has struggled to become competitive in the expansion era. Particularly vexing has been underperformance of the team's draft picks since 1999, many of whom are no longer in the NFL. Wolf, on the other hand, had a string of drafts which resulted in 75% of his players remaining in the NFL after a seven-year period (1992-9).
The Browns noted in today's press release Wolf's success in locating quarterbacks with latter-round draft choices. In addition to his trade for Brett Favre while with the Packers, Wolf found Mark Brunnell, Aaron Brooks, Matt Hasselbeck, and Ty Detmer - all of whom were selected in the fourth round or higher.