Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Browns hire Eliot Wolf as assistant general manager

Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey talks with owner Jimmy Haslam before an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Cleveland Browns Sunday Dec. 10 2017 in Cleveland Cleveland Browns Team Page at NFL.com
Eugene Bates | 11 January, 2018, 09:33

He was scheduled to meet with the Oakland Raiders for a position in their front office, but the Browns were able to seal the deal before that could occur.

Dorsey's hiring of Wolf and Highsmith is a return to a more "traditional" football model for Cleveland's front office, which emphasized analytics in two failed seasons under fired vice president of football operations Sashi Brown. Cleveland's new assistant GM under John Dorsey has quite an impressive resumé and reputation for a 35-year-old.

According to the Browns, Ken Kovash, who has previously held Highsmith's title, will transition to a role in the team's strategy department.

"We're lucky to add Alonzo and Eliot to our personnel staff", said Dorsey, who was hired last month by owner Jimmy Haslam.

"Alonzo and I share the same passion for this great game of football. We are going to set out to find talented football players that possess that same passion for the game".

Wolf has worked for the Packers personnel department since 2004.

New general manager Brian Gutekunst and the Green Bay Packers believe they have a strong stable of scouts ready for promotions, but it's still fair to question how all the departures and changes will impact the team's personnel department in the present and future.

"Eliot has been a fine executive in this league for some time now".

Since I was old enough to mumble the words "Green Bay Packers", a lifelong dream to mold the ideal Packers roster was at hand. "He's been a big reason for the consistent success the Packers have experienced over the last decade".

With longtime Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson moving into a more ceremonial role, and Wolf departing the organization, there'll be a lot of pressure on Gutenkunst. Dorsey, Wolf and Highsmith bring a history of winning to an organization that went 0-16 in 2017 and 1-31 over the last two seasons, the worst stretch in National Football League history. With four picks in the top-40 of this year's draft, including two picks inside the top five, the Browns could be setup for a very bright future.

"This is going to be an exciting challenge", Highsmith said. He's never worked for any organization outside of Green Bay, though he did have internships with the Atlanta Falcons.

Still, a part of me will always wonder what might have been.

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