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Less saying the ‘right things,’ more ‘winning football games’

Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta held a press conference with the media Thursday and appeared on various local shows to espouse their philosophies and goals. They spoke of leadership and consensus and organization and strategy and being intellectual. They spoke about getting existing players to buy in and how much they like their new head coach and support from ownership and the great...
Via Waiting For Next Year
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Brains amid brawn: Browns introduce front-office thinkers

BEREA, Ohio (AP) One's a Harvard educated lawyer, the other a baseball statistics guru. Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta seem oddly misplaced in the NFL's macho world, like a couple of high school nerds who accidentally walked into the football team's weight room on their way to the chemistry class. And while both have diverse and decorated backgrounds in professional sports, neither...
Via Associated Press
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Home DePo: A non-interview with Paul DePodesta

There have been many people weighing in on what the Cleveland Browns hiring of Paul DePodesta means. What could a guy who spent the majority of his career in baseball actually contribute to a football team? SI’s Tom Verducci had some fantastic insights into how Browns owner Jimmy Haslam went about the process of finding him and some of what it might mean. But how much of it...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Top Executive Paul DePodesta Leaves For The NFL

    Just when you thought sports couldn’t get any more interesting, the NFL’s Cleveland Browns brought in baseball executive Paul DePodesta into the mix as the new strategic officer. He’ll most likely being charge of overarching philosophy matters for the Browns, bringing his background of analytics to the table to help see what steps the new regime needs to take. The...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Tommy Tanous Will Likely Replace DePodesta

Following Paul DePodesta’s departure, John Harper of the NY Post says that Tommy Tanous will likely take over his role as the head of player development. Tanous originally joined the organization as a professional scout in 2010, and he was named the Director of Amateur Scouting the following year. This decision seems to make the most sense as he was heavily involved in the draft...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Thoughts after the Cleveland Browns hiring of Paul DePodesta

You know that look a dog gives you when it ***** its head to the side? There was a lot of that in the Dawg Pound yesterday when the Cleveland Browns confirmed the reports that they’d hired Moneyball baseball guy Paul DePodesta to join their front office. As of this typing our readers had commented on that post 234 times, which is something of a modern record, I think. It’s hard...
Via Waiting For Next Year
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

All in on Paul DePodesta: While We’re Waiting…

Happy Wednesday, Blawg Pound. I’m all in on the recently hired Paul DePodesta. Much of my all-in-itude can be derived from two words: Why not? Anyone with eyes or ears, regardless of whether or not they could tell a pigskin from a pork rind, could tell you that none of the Cleveland Browns’ approaches over the past 15-plus years have worked. That’s a reductive thing to say...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Paul DePodesta leaves Mets for job in the NFL

“Paul completely reorganized the Mets; scouting and player-development functions and had an extraordinary impact in both areas, but he was also very directly involved in our trade and free-agent acquisitions,” Mets GM Sandy Alderson said. “His commitment to excellence and his passion for innovation will be missed by the Mets and all of baseball. I wish him well with the Browns...
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Browns Hire ‘Moneyball’ Executive Paul DePodesta As Chief Strategy Officer

The Cleveland Browns made the surprise personnel move of the young offseason Tuesday. The Browns announced they’ve hired Paul DePodesta as their chief strategy officer. That name should sound familiar, especially to baseball fans as DePodesta had been serving as the New York Mets’ vice president of player development and amateur scouting. DePodesta, an analytics expert, will...
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Browns hire Mets executive Paul DePodesta as chief strategy officer

The Cleveland Browns are at it again, doing another potentially silly thing that will likely earn them scorn for one reason or another. On Tuesday, the Browns announced that they had hired Paul DePodesta as their new chief strategy officer. While this may not seem like much of a thing on the surface, keep in mind that DePodesta isn’t exactly a football guy. In fact, he’s worked...
Via The Comeback
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

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