Cleveland Browns Fire VP of Football Operations Sashi Brown

FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Browns vice president of football operations, Sashi Brown, watches before an NFL football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Browns in Cleveland. A person familiar with the decisions says the Cleveland Browns have fired Sashi Brown. Brown, who was named the team’s top executive by owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam during an overhaul following the 2015 season, was relieved of his duties on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the move. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File) ORG XMIT: NY190

The Cleveland Browns fired Sashi Brown, their executive vice president of football operations, on Thursday. Brown headed the personnel department for the past two years.

“Hue Jackson will remain our coach and will return for the 2018 season,” owner Jimmy Haslam said in a statement, “but we feel it is necessary to take significant steps to strengthen our personnel department.”

“I appreciate Jimmy saying that. My focus of coming here to the Cleveland Browns is to coach the football team and help get this organization turned around and I haven’t been able to do that yet,” Jackson said Thursday.

The Browns, 0-12 this season, are 1-27 with Brown in control of personnel and Jackson as coach.

“You look at it and I’m just as big a part of it as Sashi is,” Jackson said.

Brown said in a statement: “I want this to be real and clear, the way I know Cleveland and Browns fans can appreciate: Our win-loss record since I became executive vice president isn’t going to cut it.”

Other front-office members also are expected to be let go as the team reshapes its front office again, sources told ESPN.

Cleveland immediately will begin its official search for a new general manager, its ninth since the franchise returned to the city in 1999, though it quietly has been inquiring about others around the league for weeks now, per sources.

Former Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey is expected to emerge as a leading contender, sources told ESPN.

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SOURCE: ESPN, Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini