Sashi Brown may not have done enough to keep his job as Cleveland Browns executive vice president of football operations, but he believes the team is on the right track.

Since he took over as de facto general manager before last season, Cleveland's gone 1-27, and Brown was officially removed from his post Thursday. He then released a statement via the team in which he took responsibility for the lack of success, and gave his former staff members a vote of confidence.

I want this to be real and clear, the way I know Cleveland and Browns fans can appreciate: Our win-loss record since I became executive vice president isn’t going to cut it. ...

Obviously, the Browns have not yet achieved the turnaround we wanted for a franchise and the best fans in the NFL, who deserve it more than any other in sports. I know that turnaround is coming. ...

And when that turnaround happens, wherever I am, I will smile - more than a little bittersweetly - and say, to myself, "Go Browns!"

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Brown joined the team in 2013 and was promoted to oversee the personnel department following the 2015 season. Cleveland put up a 15-77 record during his overall tenure.

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