Alec Scheiner is the new President of the Cleveland Browns, and it seems safe to assume that his powers and responsibilities will be a lot different from those of the last Browns President, Mike Holmgren. Fingers crossed, anyway.
It’s hard to say too much else given the fungibility of such front office titles in the NFL, but we do know that Scheiner spent the last 8 years in the Dallas Cowboys front office, years that he called “some of the most rewarding of [his] professional career.”
In 2008, Scheiner, “took over the Cowboys’ business operations, which included football analytics.”
Jimmy Haslam says that, “[f]or many years, the Cowboys have been a leading innovator among NFL franchises, and Alec played an integral role in this success.”
And Joe Banner adds that, “Alec brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in many facets with one of the most successful franchises in the NFL.”
One of the most successful franchises in the NFL …
It’s a definition of “success” that recalls last November, when Haslam and Banner, “were invited behind the curtain in the NFL’s Land of Oz [Dallas],” to “witness how a franchise with one playoff win in the past 16 years is virtually without peer when it comes to making money.
So Haslam and Banner came back from Dallas with notebooks full of wisdom from Jerry Jones, now they have one of Jerry’s front office guys, and we have another significant data point to tell us what “success” is to these folks.
The most apparent upside here is that Scheiner is “a staple” of the MIT Sloan Conference on sports analytics, where he must have had a chance to meet Eric Mangini, so we should get an early litmus test of what our new Prez is really worth.
If the Toronto Blue Jays can do it. No excuses.
We’ll be back tomorrow with the X’s and O’s you’ve been waiting for.