Jimmy Haslam asked Paul DePodesta to bring his MLB analytics game to the Cleveland Browns in 2016. The team owner introduced his new employee as the Browns' "Chief Strategy Officer." That innocuous title acknowledges what DePodesta said was his biggest initial challenge. “I didn’t know the NFL at all,” he told reporters after Kevin Stefanski's introductory … [Read more...] about Paul DePodesta Was Right About Kevin Stefanski
Humans are programmed to resist change. The more ingrained a belief, process, or pattern is, the more difficult it is to adapt. Anyone who watched the movie, "Moneyball" remembers the scene where "Pete" meets the scouting department. Paul DePodesta would have approached the moment differently than Oakland's general manager Billy Beane did. But the scene … [Read more...] about Genius Or Not? 2020 Will Tell Us A Lot About Paul DePodesta
There have been plenty of conversations about Paul DePodesta from the moment he was hired by Jimmy Haslam. Sashi Brown was already in place and projected to bring the Cleveland Browns into the Analytic Age. So why did Haslam reach out to add a baseball guy? And how was it the baseball guy was the football guy´s … [Read more...] about What Happens If Paul DePodesta Is Right On Kevin Stefanski?
Having a top-10 draft pick in the NFL is an exciting, yet challenging, opportunity. The expectation is that general managers will draft a franchise-changing player within those first 10 selections, and that’s the challenge 10 front office teams face in the next week. On a conference call on Thursday, Cleveland Browns Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta … [Read more...] about Paul DePodesta Expects ‘A Very Good Player’ At No. 10, Open To Trading
Jimmy Haslam has his dream team of aligned, single-visioned, analytics mavens set up in Berea. Paul DePodesta, Andrew Berry, and Kevin Stefanski seem legitimately enthusiastic about their team. Each of them boasts an Ivy League background in economics. Berry tacked on a Masters Degree in computer science. There is little doubt Haslam has … [Read more...] about Should Browns Fans Believe In The Ivy League Front Office?