The dismissal of Sbady Brown by the Cleveland Browns and the hiring of John Dorsey on Thursday was one of the fastest response times in league history. At his introductory press conference on Friday, Dorsey made it clear that the Cleveland franchise change will not be as fast. At least not until they find a field marshal.
"Let's sit down as a group [at the end of the season]," Dorsey said of Cleveland's QB quagmire. "This is a league driven by quarterbacks, we all know that and we all know that to be successful and move forward a little bit more, one of those guys is needed, so I think it's an evaluation period that will take a bit to put together a plan
"The draft is four and a half months away. Free agency is three months away. We have enough time to make a plan here. "
The Browns quarterback room is the youngest in the league with DeShone Kizer (21), Kevin Hogan (25) and Cody Kessler (24) all beginnings in the last two For the past four years, nine quarterbacks have started games for the Browns, including Cleveland Kizer, Kessler and Johnny Manziel and veterans Josh McCown and Robert Griffin, who have not clicked.
luck for Dorsey, he inherits a ton of salary cap space, paved by the previous administration, and five draft picks in the first and second rounds, including the highest possible draft pick for the second year in a row, a draft that is full of QB talent. "For Cleveland, who goes through quarterbacks like no other, acquiring the signal of the future is key.
As the owner of the Browns, Jimmy Haslam explained it, how Dorsey's staff day with the situation in the center will define its mandate and the future of the franchise.
"Let me tell you this way: the Cleveland Browns are not going to succeed until we have a quarterback," Haslam said bluntly. "And obviously we have DeShone and two other quarterbacks on the list, we're going to see free agency and the draft, as mentioned above, we have a substantial amount of capital, we're going to do whatever it takes to find the quarterback field we need to be successful.
"That will be John's number one priority. We're going to do whatever it takes to get a quarterback. "
Dorsey has a story with two quarterbacks on the list, the former Chief of Chiefs explained on Friday that Kizer was one of the five marshals who visited Kansas City during the draft The Chiefs finally selected Patrick Mahomes in the first round, while Kizer fell to Cleveland in the second, and in his rookie season, Kizer has been near the end of the league in most of the statistics: with a percentage of completions of 52.5, 11 total touchdowns and 15 interceptions for a Browns team without victories.
While the GM Chiefs, Dorsey also selected reserve quarterback of the Browns, Kevin Hogan in the fifth round of the 2016 draft. Hogan did not make the Chiefs list, and Cleveland snatched it when he left.
However, Dorsey and Haslam sounded Friday as if they were not married to the QB options. on your list. The change comes in Cleveland, in the office and probably in the center.
Here are some other things from Dorsey and Haslam:
» Haslam doubled his support for Jackson. Regarding Hue's 1-2 record as coach of the Browns, Haslam said: "I would not call the Hue record that way, I think that record is in all of us, including ownership." Haslam also said that Jackson's future in Cleveland is badured even beyond 2018: "We plan for Hue Jackson to be our coach for a long time."
» In his opening speech, Dorsey expressed enthusiasm for the fact that he was suddenly in charge of such a historic franchise. "You know what, let's wake up the sleeping giant, the Cleveland Browns," he said with a smile. "… This is one of those iconic franchises, for me it has one of the most exclusive fan bases in the entire National Football League, and for me that's exciting, I've always liked the history of the game. football and then when you mention the Cleveland Browns to me, it brings back great memories, and I can not wait to try to build and establish this and just keep going with this. "
» Haslam confirmed that, in their pursuit of GM, the Browns were" absolutely satisfied "with the Rooney Rule, ensuring that minority candidates are interviewed for head coach and senior vacancies operations
» Haslam illuminated the reporters about some details behind Sashi's departure. The owner said he had a conversation with Brown five or six weeks ago, during which Haslam told the executive that the Browns needed a "more experienced person" in their personnel department.
In addition, Haslam confirmed that Paul DePodesta, an employee of Sashi Brown, will continue with the franchise in the future. Dorsey supported the decision and said he hopes to evaluate how Analytics, DePodesta's department, can fit in with the organization. "I am a sufficiently advanced thinker in current technology, I believe that in today's football, you have to have a certain degree of technology, otherwise you are living in the stone ages, these things will help you move forward. " » Former Colts and Broncos quarterback and former Tennessee alum Peyton Manning met with Haslam in the days leading up to Dorsey's hiring, but the owner says the two talked mostly about volunteer football from Tennessee, no conversations related to Manning's potential place in the Browns organization. "I do not think Ke knows exactly what he wants to do with his future," said Haslam.