The Baltimore Ravens hired Sashi Brown as the new team president. Dick Cass is stepping down after 17 years in the position, so the Ravens nabbed the one-time Browns general manager as his replacement. Brown will leave his current position with the Washington Wizards and Monumental Sports. The move will take place on April 1, when Cass officially steps down.
Brown will oversee every area of the organization, including player personnel, staff personnel, coaching, corporate sales, operations and communications and business ventures.
Brown Is More Than Qualified To Lead The Ravens In That Role: Analytics Will Help
Brown is more than qualified for the position as he’s one of a few executives to have experience on both sides of the business, executive and personnel. With the Ravens being one of the most respected franchises in the league for how the franchise handles business throughout the entire organization, adding someone with Brown’s experience is a huge plus. His strong background in analytics is something that the Ravens embrace, especially with head coach John Harbaugh and GM Eric DeCosta being into it pretty heavily.
While Brown’s track record in Cleveland may not look great with the team, as he posted a 1-31 record during his time as GM, he did oversee a franchise that was in clear tank mode. The team was looking to acquire as many high draft picks as possible, clear cap space, and basically execute a complete teardown and rebuild from the ground up. Brown was fired well before he completed his second season, so he wasn’t around for the bulk of the rebuild.
At the time of the firing, a TSL article on the matter said:
“Brown was named the team’s top executive by owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam as part of an outside-the-box and ambitious overhaul following the 2015 season. Cleveland, a franchise who has been stuck in a muck of losing seasons, shaky talent evaluations and a merry-go-round of coaches, decided to totally go against the grain when they hired Brown, a former lawyer for the Jacksonville Jaguars with no prior football experience of any kind. They also hired Hue Jackson as head coach, giving them the only all-black GM and HC combination in the NFL.