3. Haslam is sticking with analytics
This is crazy, and if it is true, attendance will continue to shrink with Brown in charge of assembling the roster.
But remember, when Paul DePodesta took this job, he told Haslam “five years.”
That means this analytically driven front office isn’t even halfway into the time they sold Haslam on.
When you factor in Jimmy Haslam is bothered by the national perception that he has a quick trigger finger, there’s the chance he may keep Brown in place just because he doesn’t want to get beat up nationally again for ending things too quickly.
However, locally, he’d be wise to cut ties with Brown and DePodesta because the people who actually buy the tickets seem to be more apathetic than ever. Giving up an entire Sunday to watch the Browns get embarrassed every week just isn’t a feasible way to use a day of the week.
Giving Brown another year would be crazy, but remember that whole place holder argument, and then consider Haslam may want to see this through, no matter how bad its going.