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The team’s quiet approach to free agency hasn’t helped, with four key players walking out the door an exodus that only turned up the heat on a newfangled front office led by executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown and former MLB executive Paul DePodesta.

The DePodesta hire caused plenty of heads to turn as general managers and scouts around the league asked what the Browns were doing hiring a baseball guy. Speaking Friday at MIT’s Cheap Jerseys
Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, DePodesta said he overheard NFL team officials ripping him and the Browns at the airport after last month’s Scouting Combine.

“I was standing right in front of them in line and I could hear them in back of me and they were talking trash about me and the Cleveland Browns jersey cheap,” DePodesta said Friday at MIT’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, per Baseball America. “I said, ‘All right, this is like 17 years ago in Oakland all over again.’ That’s part of the fun.”

DePodesta’s handiwork with the Oakland Athletics, Dodgers and most recently the Mets makes him a well known face in baseball circles. Not so much in the NFL.

The pressure will only expand from here, with the Browns staring down another potentially dismal season on the field. The addition of coach Hue Jackson helps, but the key for DePodesta in Cleveland is a willingness to see this rebuilding project through. It’s likely to get worse before it gets better, but that’s something DePodesta is prepared for:

“When I was going to the Browns,” DePodesta said, “I had met with the ownership, Jimmy and Dee Haslam, and they asked me, ‘What do you want out of an owner?’ And I said, ‘Well, I’ll tell you what I don’t want.’ I said, ‘If you ever take your kids to an amusement park at Disneyland or whatever, they beg you to go on the big daddy roller coaster. They beg you. You say, ‘Are you sure?’ nfl jerseys from China
They say, ‘Absolutely, I want to go on this thing.’ So you wait in line for 45 minutes, it takes up a good chunk of your day, you finally get to the front of the line, they eyeball it, and they say, ‘Uh, I’m not getting on that thing. Not at all.’

Said DePodesta: “And that’s what happens to a lot of owners. They would say, ‘Hey, we want ‘Moneyball,’ we want this disciplined approach to what we’re doing.’ But then when it comes time to making that hard decision, they say, ‘I don TMt want any part of this.’ I said, ‘I need someone who’s going to want to get on the roller coaster with me knowing that it’s not always going to be fun. There are going to be parts of the roller coaster that are going to be scary, that are going to be uncomfortable, but hopefully at the end of the ride when we get off, you’re going to want to say, let’s do that again.’ But I think that’s how we always got through it, was having that shared vision from the beginning and giving you the conviction to actually go through with it.”

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There is plenty of blame to go around, so let’s try not to forget anyone. Let’s start with the NBA and the lockout of 2011. It cost the league 16 games and $800 million and in the end the owners caved on the one issue that mattered most: a hard salary cap that would have spread player talent more evenly around the league and given the smaller market teams a fighting chance to compete. The hard cap works brilliantly in the NFL, where parity reigns and every team has a chance (well, except the Cleveland Browns jersey cheap).

Instead, the NBA settled for a 51 49 player owner split of revenues and a luxury tax for teams that exceeded the soft cap. It seemed to be having the desired effect until revenues soared $1 billion the last three years and the NBA signed a $24 billion TV contract with ESPN and Turner. All of which jacked up the salary cap from $70 million this season to $94 million next season. And, bearing in mind that 51 49 player owner split of basketball related income that must be met, teams are offering boatloads of cash to players. Six of the seven biggest contracts in NBA history have been proffered in the last week, ranging from $127 million to Bradley Beal to a record $153 million to Mike Conley.

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few years ago. Michael Jordan didn’t run off to join the Celtics or Lakers when the Bulls failed to win a title during his first six years in the league. He won six titles the next six years of his career, all with his original team. Larry Bird (three titles) remained with the Celtics, even though he didn’t win a title his last six years in the league. Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson won five titles apiece and played for one team in their careers. Isiah Thomas didn’t win a title his first seven years in the league and then won two of them while spending his entire 13 year career with the Pistons.