Intriguing news today as we learn that the Cleveland Browns have lured away Paul DePodesta from the Mets to be the team’s new chief strategy officer. It is expected he will report directly to owner Jimmy Haslam.
DePodesta you may recall got his big claim to fame working alongside Oakland GM Billy Beane and helped form the “Moneyball” strategies. He was portrayed by Jonah Hill in the film of the same name. DePodesta was also the Dodgers GM from 2004-2005 and was most recently the Met’s vice president of player development and amateur scouting and was largely credited with helping return the Mets to their current playoff standing. Additionally, he has worked for the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians, and has won a division title with all five teams he’s worked for.
“Cleveland and football have always held a special place in my heart,” said DePodesta. “It was 20 years ago this month, after pursing my first love of football and looking at every possible job in the NFL, that I got the biggest break I could imagine — a job offer from the AL champion Cleveland Indians. As excited as I was then, I am even more excited now to return to Cleveland and to try to help the Browns.
“My focus is to bring whatever experience and perspective I can to collaborate with the team, with the intent of helping us make more informed and successful decisions. Admittedly, there will be an awful lot for me to learn, but I want nothing more than to help bring consistent, championship caliber football back to Cleveland.”