Jimmy Haslam is easily swayed
After pushing all his chips to the center of the table on an analytically oriented model, Haslam pulled the plug–not even after two seasons of historically bad football.
The Athletic’s Zac Jackson wrote about Haslam being easily swayed, and that the voices raising concern over his business model especially hit home during the last few weeks.
Jackson wrote (subscription required)
"“Overmatched in the football business and known to be easily swayed by outside voices, Haslam had been hearing more and more from those voices in recent weeks that he needed to make sweeping changes, that analytics-driven personnel decisions wouldn’t work and that this supposed rebuild wasn’t actually building much of anything.”"
The Browns’ scribe also wrote that the upheaval within the New York Giants organization may have influenced Haslam to act. Talk radio was abuzz as the Browns appeared to sit silently doing nothing while New York hired former GM Ernie Acrosi to lead its GM search.
John Dorsey‘s name is being floated around as a hot GM candidate, and the people Haslam listens too, hight endorse for the former Chiefs’ boss as a credible football leader, according to ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi.
If what was written is true, Haslam was convinced the analytics experiment was a mess and his top football man was there for the taking.