NFL Nation: Morocco Brown

Morocco Brown got a promotion -- just not from the Redskins. A source confirmed Tuesday that Brown will become the next vice president of player personnel for the Cleveland Browns.

The possibility of his likely hiring was first reported by Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot, but the position was unclear. The source confirmed that it was for the VP job.

Thus creates a big opening that Redskins general manager Bruce Allen now must fill. They could always promote Doug Williams, hired earlier this offseason as a personnel executive. Williams was a personnel executive for five seasons in Tampa Bay under Allen and then spent two years as the coordinator of pro scouting. They also have former San Diego general manager A.J. Smith on staff, though he's not full-time at Redskins Park and his focus this past offseason was on the draft.

Brown had been in charge of advance scouting of opponents and scouting potential free-agent and trade prospects. He joined Washington in 2008 from Chicago.

Brown interviewed for general manager positions in Arizona and Tampa Bay since the end of the 2012 season. He has a good reputation as hard-working and knowledgeable.

Brown will be reunited with Cleveland offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and receivers coach Mike McDaniel.

Bucs seem intent on first-time GM

January, 10, 2014
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TAMPA, Fla. -- The common theme emerging from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' search for a general manager is that they’re looking for someone who hasn’t held that title before.

The reported candidates include Lake Dawson, Lionel Vital and Morocco Brown. All three are widely respected in league personnel circles and are viewed as up-and-comers. Those are not bad qualities to have in a general manager.

But the direction in which this search apparently is headed leaves me wondering why the Bucs aren’t even looking at some people who have been general managers before. There are experienced guys out there like Jerry Angelo, Mike Tannenbaum and Tim Ruskell.

None of their names have surfaced in connection with the Tampa Bay opening. That is a little surprising since the Bucs made it a point to get a coach with head-coaching experience in the NFL in Lovie Smith.

That the Bucs hired Smith might be the very reason they are attempting to land a first-time general manager. One of the conditions for Smith accepting the job was that he would get final say on personnel matters. That little detail could make experienced general managers lose interest in the Tampa Bay position.

Maybe that is why the Bucs are looking for a first-time general manager.

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