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Sashi Brown to make first public appearance since Cleveland Browns firing

Former Cleveland Browns general manager Sashi Brown will appear on a panel at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.
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Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown addresses the media during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Sashi Brown is ready to break his silence.

More than a year after being fired by the Cleveland Browns, the polarizing ex-general manager will appear on a panel at the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. The panel, which will be moderated by ESPN The Magazine senior writer Mina Kimes, will also include Los Angeles Rams COO and Vice President of Football Operations Kevin Demoff, NFL analyst Warren Sharp and Pittsburgh Steeler analytics coordinator Karim Kassam.

This year's Sloan Analytics Conference will take place March 1-2.

The annual conference makes for a likely landing spot for Brown, who has not spoken publicly since being fired by the Browns on Dec. 7, 2017. Over the course of his two seasons running the roster the Harvard graduate implemented an analytics-heavy approach, focused on acquiring draft picks and undervalued players.

Brown's rebuild, however, didn't result in immediate on-field success -- perhaps by design. At the time of his firing, the Browns had recorded a 1-27 record under Brown's direction, while missing out on young franchise quarterbacks in Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson.

Nevertheless, many Cleveland fans -- and analytics-minded football followers -- credit Brown for amassing that assets that eventually led to the team's 7-8-1 record in 2018. Thanks to multiple trade downs, the Browns possessed six first-round picks from 2016-18, which resulted in Cleveland acquiring young talent such as Jabrill Peppers, David Njoku and Denzel Ward.

Since being fired by the Browns, Brown has worked as a consultant and runs his own investment firm.

How does Brown feel about his time in Cleveland and the team's turn around this past year? It appears we'll be finding out in just a few weeks.