Cleveland's executive VP of football operations, Sashi Brown, acknowledged Wednesday that bypassing quality players is one cost of the team's desire to collect draft picks and build the roster from scratch with homegrown talent.
Cleveland owns a bushel of picks in next year's draft -- nobody else comes close -- but the team-building process will continue to draw suspicion until the Browns, at long last, unearth a quarterback and show traces of might against real-time opponents.
Other items of note from Sashi's meet-and-greet with the press:
- Wideout Kenny Britt -- inked to four-year, $32.5 million contract in March -- has drawn fair criticism for a rash of ugly drops this season. After coach Hue Jackson publicly critiqued the 29-year-old wideout, Brown was asked if the signing looms as a disappointment. "I wouldn't say that," Brown said. "[We're] relying on him to bring consistency, stability," adding that he "knows [Britt] can perform better [and] believes he'll turn it around."
- Brown shot down rumors of discord between the front office and Jackson's coaching staff following a 1-19 record over two seasons, noting that he's "working well" with Jackson, while adding that both sides understand where they came from and are aiming to go, per The Plain Dealer.
- The Browns have come under fire from a frustrated fan base that has lived through an endless night since the team's return to the league in 1999, but Sashi made it clear on Wednesday that the front office isn't about to jump ship on its master plan to turn things around: