The team didn't submit the required paperwork to the league in time to complete the deal before the deadline on October 31, and the clumsy misstep may have been the final straw for Brown.
The football and personnel departments have clashed over roster decisions and the growing tensions - along with the abysmal record - gave Haslam the impetus to make more changes despite promising continuity when the season began.
The unknown now is how attractive National Football League people view this job.
"I think consistency within the coaching staff's a good thing", Browns All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas, now on injured reserve with a triceps injury, said. At the same time, I don't think it all should go toward him. "I stand behind that wholeheartedly, grateful for the opportunity to still be here and grateful for the opportunity to coach this team and that is what I'm going to do". This is a performance-based business, and I get it. I do understand that that arrow is pointing directly at myself.
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While this move may not sit well with some Sixers fans, they must take a moment and familiarize themselves with Booker. Stauskas, who joined the Sixers in 2015 in a trade from Sacramento, is averaging less than 1 point per game.
On Thursday, Cleveland decided it was best to move on from the long-time lawyer. Cleveland has a huge amount of draft capital thanks to Brown, but 24 selections in the last two cycles haven't resulted in a major talent influx. They are owner Dee Haslam, vice president of player personnel Andrew Berry, and chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta. Now the Browns can cross off that route knowing Brown tried a different approach and can move on to something else. "I do", Jackson said. "I know that turnaround is coming".
"I've been here through a lot of hirings and firings and it wasn't always because people didn't like the plan", Thomas said. "Some of them have definitely been more of a personal issue".
Brown was able to build a nice nest egg for any future general manager or front office. The team passed up a chance to draft quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson in the past two drafts and Cleveland has shown little sign of improvement since Brown took over.
Brown was named the team's top executive by the Haslams during an overhaul following the 2015 season.