By Kate Arhar aka Cleveland Kate // @ClvlndK8
Today has been full of news regarding the Cleveland Browns front office. Just as we were coming to grips with to the news that Executive VP Sashi Brown had been fired, just as we were revving up for all the great speculation talk, and just as we were making our cases to hire OUR favorite candidates, the Browns announce the new hire: John Dorsey.
Browns name John Dorsey General Manager
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 8, 2017
For those who felt the Browns needed a “Football Guy” in the front office, John Dorsey, 57, has the resume to prove that’s exactly what he is. In 1984, he was a 4th round draft pick out of Connecticut by the Green Bay Packers. He played linebacker and was used on special teams. In fact, his 35 tackles on special teams is still a Packers team record. His career ended in 1989 when he suffered a knee injury during pre-game warmups.
He stayed in Green Bay as part of the scouting department until 1999 when he went to Seattle with Mike Holmgren and became their Director of Player Personnel. After one season, he went back to Green Bay to be the Director of College Scouting where he stayed through 2011 and a Super Bowl championship. In 2012 he moved up to be their Director of Football Operations.
In 2013, he was offered the position of General Manager with the Kansas City Chiefs. While many believed that Head Coach Andy Reid would have full control over the roster, it was soon apparent that Dorsey held those controls. The two worked very well together, having spent five years together in Green Bay back in the early 90’s. He parted ways with the Chiefs in June 2017.
Mid-late rounds are meh, but did yield Pro Bowlers in Tyreek Hill & D.J. Alexander. https://t.co/XXdthU6pyV
— Dion Caputi (@nfldraftupdate) December 8, 2017
The way he and Coach Reid were able to work together, to be on the same page, had to have been a key to their success the past few years. And it’s something the Haslam’s and Browns Fans have wanted for a while – a Football Guy that can work well with the coaching staff. I’m hopeful that Dorsey can do something great with the eight million draft picks the Browns have next year. OK, so maybe it’s only 18 picks, but still, as a newly hired GM, those kinds of assets must have some value!
Obviously, only time will tell if Dorsey can turn this team around. But at last, we have someone running the draft who actually has scouting experience and has a resume that shows two different teams where they have proven their skills at finding talent and building something successful.
Now, there are folks out there complaining that the hire was too quick, that the Rooney Rule was violated, but all the experts I see are stating that they did indeed interview other candidates, that they’ve been talking to folks for the past 5-6 weeks so they should be clear on that.
4-year contract for #Browns new GM John Dorsey, have been talking to him for 5-6 weeks. Will have final say over the roster. Satisfied the Rooney Rule
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 8, 2017
Let’s see some Fan Reaction:
Give John Dorsey 2 years with Cleveland. By 3rd year (if not earlier) they will be competing with anyone. The guy is playing with house money with draft picks on deck. The Browns FINALLY did something RIGHT for their future.
— RC (@RYANCURTI5) December 8, 2017
John Dorsey is the new Browns GM and will have full control over the roster. The guy has a track record and two rings. Browns fans cannot ask for anything more than what Jimmy did in 24 hours. Maybe Hue can calm down and coach without being scared for his job.
— Clayton J. Herold (@_cjherold01) December 8, 2017
For all the hate the @Browns get. Making an upper management move in December and allowing John Dorsey to evaluate Hue & Co. for the final 4 Weeks is huge. Looking forward to the Browns going all in to build an elite D moving forward.
— Alex Whittam (@WhittamCA) December 8, 2017
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