1. DePodesta Wins
The rumors spilled out before the end of the season: Paul DePodesta wanted a larger voice within the organization. He got it.
Hours after losing the season finale to the Cincinnati Bengals, Freddie Kitchens was fired. When John Dorsey‘s scheduled press conference was cancelled, it became clear the Browns’ general manager would no longer with the organization, as well.
Even as the Browns’ general manager searched lingered into Super Bowl week, sports talk radio was filled with concern over the lack of GM. I never understood the worry. The Browns have a boss. Whether the Dawg Pound supports it or not, it’s DePodesta, the team’s chief strategy officer.
It’s DePodesta’s vision that will pave the path for the Browns, as the team seeks to recapture the magic of the second half of the 2018 season.
DePodesta cemented his grip on the shape of the team by hiring two young, inexperienced people to for the coach and general manager roles.
At 37, Kevin Stefanski has won over a good sect of the fan base, but he’s still unproven. Meanwhile, Andrew Berry carries the stench of 1-31 back to Berea. He may turn out to be a good GM, we’ll just have to wait.
Either way, by employing two newbies, it’s clear who calls the shots and that’s the Moneyball Man, Paul DePodesta.