Cleveland Browns

John Dorsey makes sense as the next Browns GM

The Browns are looking for a new general manager after the dismissal of Sashi Brown on Thursday morning.

It seems as though the search has already begun with reports from national writers all over the football world naming the next potential GM of the Browns.

There’s been rumors about the Browns bringing people in for an interview including Mike Singletary who we’re still unsure what he was interviewing for although he may have been fulfilling the Rooney Rule which is required when hiring an executive or coach.

We’ve seen guys like Dwight Clark and Sashi Brown who had no experience in the football operations get the top football executive position, guys like Phil Savage and Tom Heckert who were right hand men for Ozzie Newsome and Andy Reid and then Ray Farmer who was promoted from within.

It’s time to go with an experienced football executive and talent evaluator and I think the man pegged as the favorite to be the Browns general manager is a great fit.

John Dorsey, who was formerly the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs has been named by multiple media members that he is the favorite and why the Browns made the decision to fire Brown on Thursday makes complete sense.

Dorsey was mentioned as a top candidate for the New York Giants general manager position after they fired longtime executive Jerry Reese on Monday.

Multiple reports say the Browns hired a search firm within the last month and they recommended Dorsey as the guy to pursue to lead the football operations.

Dorsey is a former NFL player, playing for the Green Bay Packers from 1984 to 1989.

He then became a scout from 1991 to 1996 and was then promoted to Director of College Scouting which he held the position for two seasons. Dorsey followed former Packers head coach and Browns team president Mike Holmgren to Seattle for a season before returning to Green Bay in 2000 and stayed there until the end of the 2012 season.

Notable players that were drafted by the Packers during Dorsey’s run there include AJ Hawk, Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Greg Jennings who all played a part in the Packers winning a Super Bowl in 2011.

He reunited with former Green Bay assistant Andy Reid when he took the general manager position with the Chiefs when Reid was named head coach in 2013. A power struggle between Dorsey and Reid led to Dorsey’s departure in June.

Notable players that the Chiefs drafted during the time include #1 overall pick Eric Fisher, Cleveland native Travis Kelce, Marcus Peters, Tyreek Hill, Patrick Mahomes who while he hasn’t played yet has a ton of upside and another Cleveland native in Kareem Hunt who are all major contributors except for Mahomes in the Chiefs despite a 6-6 record after a 5-0 start.

Dorsey also played a huge role in the contract extensions of Eric Berry, Justin Houston and Alex Smith who have been big parts in the Chiefs success since 2013.

If the Browns are serious about bringing Dorsey in, they need to get it done quickly especially with the Giants looming. He’s the best candidate available and they don’t have to wait until the end of the season to interview or hire him.

There’s been some questionable picks like Dee Ford in 2014 but teams don’t hit on every draft pick

I’m intrigued by Dorsey also because of the scouting of the quarterback position. The Chiefs identified Mahomes as a quarterback of the future and jumped 17 spots in April’s draft to get him. Alex Smith’s tenure is winding down there and Mahomes will become the quarterback as early as next season.

The Browns are embarking on another crucial offseason with a lot of cap space and six of the first 65 selections in the NFL Draft. They need an experienced executive who can come in and nail those top picks and find that franchise quarterback to turn the organization around.

I just hope that if they do hire a guy like Dorsey, they let him decide the fate of Hue Jackson. I know owner Jimmy Haslam said Hue Jackson will be back next season but other reports have said that the new general manager will have say on the coach’s future.

If they try to force Hue Jackson on the new general manager unless he wants to keep him as head coach, then it’s the same mess all over again.

 

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