In an instant, the hope of the Cleveland Browns fans has been ignited with the hiring of new GM John Dorsey yesterday evening. The hire came on the heels of letting go of Sashi Brown. Dorsey represents the exact opposite of Harvard educated Brown. He is a football guy and lives for the game. He has an undoubtedly long resume with many accolades to his credit.
Dorsey served as the general manager for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013-2016. In this time the Chiefs had a 43-21record and the fourth highest winning percentage in the NFL during that time period. Dorsey was a player for the Green Bay Packers for 6 years and spent 21 years involved in the scouting department. He has been involved in the acquisition of Travis Kelce, trading for Alex Smith and Mitchell Schwartz. Also to his credit is locating Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews.
“Football is what I know, it is what I love, it is what I have worked my whole career at and I thrive on every element that goes into building a winning football team,” Dorsey said in a statement. “I have spent a majority of my football life with two franchises that also have storied history [sic], and I think I have a feel for the mentality of the fans in Cleveland and what it would mean to recreate the success this franchise once had. I also have quickly realized how passionate Jimmy and Dee are about bringing a winning team to the city and would not have taken the job if I didn’t think the right ownership was in place. I am eager to work with [coach] Hue [Jackson], his staff and our personnel department and help bring us the success these fans so deserve.”
This move was one that had been in the minds of the Haslam’s for weeks. Recognizing the need for an NFL mind as the head of this organization was one The Haslam’s came to after racking up 27 losses and only 1 win in 2 seasons.
“We are thrilled to have John Dorsey lead our football operations,” team owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement on Thursday. “John has been immersed in the NFL for 26 years, won two Super Bowls, built sustainable winning football teams and is highly respected for his football acumen. We know we have a critical and very positive opportunity ahead of us to profoundly impact the foundation of this football team. Bringing in someone of John Dorsey’s caliber, his track record of success and his experience significantly strengthens our opportunities to build a winning football team and that has been, and continues to be, what we want for our fans.”
The season is still underway but this new breath of football air gives life to what has been a dying fan base. The next draft is crucial and who better to be at the helm than Dorsey?