The Cleveland Browns soon discovered their next front-runner in the main office.
The team called John Dorsey their new general manager on Thursday night. Dorsey's contract with the Browns is for four years, an informed source of the deal told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
Dorsey will control the Browns roster and direct the team's draft and free agency efforts, sources told Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.
The move comes hours after the Browns fired executive vice president of soccer operations Sashi Brown after only two years at work.
"Football is what I know, it's what I love, it's what I've worked on throughout my career and I thrive on every element that goes into building a winning soccer team," Dorsey said in a statement. for the team. "I have spent most of my football life with two franchises that have also told the story and I think I have an idea of the mindset of fans in Cleveland and what it would mean to recreate the success that this franchise once had.
"I've also quickly realized how passionate [Jimmy] and Dee [Haslam] are about to bring a winning team to the city and would not have accepted the job if they did not believe the right property was in place. I look forward to working with Hue [Jackson] his staff and our personnel department and help bring us the success that these fans deserve. "
Dorsey spent the past four seasons as Chiefs general manager before Kansas City surprisingly shot the experienced gamer in June.
Dorsey was nominated as a candidate for the post immediately after Brown's ouster, and Rapoport reported that Browns recently hired a search firm to quietly examine the candidates. Dorsey as a potential contractor.
A spokesman for the Browns told Steve Wyche of the NFL Network that the team met the requirements of the Rooney Rule, interviewing "multiple quality candidates" before hiring Dorsey.
The Chiefs accumulated 43 -21 record under Dorsey and coach Andy Reid, a respected scouting talent, Dorsey supervised the draft is that they added Travis Kelce, Dee Ford, Marcus Peters, Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt and Patrick Mahomes, but were also lost in the first place – the global coach Eric Fisher and the surprised explorers within the organization through the use of a selection of fifth round Kevin Kogan.
The Browns have clearly broken the tune with their philosophy based on the analysis in favor of a scout at Dorsey that represents a more traditional approach to player assessment and team building.
"We are delighted that John Dorsey is leading our football operations," Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement issued by the team. "John has been immersed in the NFL for 26 years, won two Super Bowls, built sustainable winning soccer teams and is highly respected for his keenness to football." We know we have a critical and very positive opportunity ahead of us to deeply impact. The basis of this soccer team: Bringing someone of John Dorsey's caliber, his track record of success and his experience, significantly strengthens our chances to form a winning soccer team and that has been, and still is, what we want for our fanatics. " 19659002] If Brown inherited a wardrobe disaster in 2016, Dorsey is ready to make rapid progress. Cleveland has more salary cap space than a handful of small nations to go with a bushel of draft picks in 2018, including five selections in the first two rounds and additional selections obtained from a flock of exchanges made by the Sashi regime. Take a look at the 2018 section:
Round 1: Cleveland, Houston
Round 2: Cleveland, Houston, Philadelphia
Round 3: Cleveland
Round 4: Cleveland, Carolina
Round 5: Cleveland, Kansas City
Round 6: Cleveland
Round 7: Cleveland
Brown was fired for a Variety of reasons. It begins with the unforgivable record of 1-27 during two seasons, an ugly mark that also falls to Jackson. Even more unforgivable, Cleveland passed up the opportunity to recruit a pair of innovative quarterbacks in Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson, and opted to work with Robert Griffin III, Cody Kessler, the former selection of Dorsey Hogan and DeShone Kizer.
Sitting at 0-12, the Browns are blocked and loaded for the first general pick, except for some unexpected streak of victories in the last four weeks.
The pressure on Dorsey will be intense to pin down and get a franchise quarterback, something the team has not done since the days of Bernie Kosar many decades ago. Prepare for speculation about Dorsey chasing Alex Smith, who probably has finished with the Chiefs after this season. That would represent a safe option for the Browns, but it can not be achieved at the expense of finding a superior call sign in the draft.
Moving to the next Big Ben – or Watson or Wentz – is exactly what made Sashi Brown start badly with the fans in Cleveland, and by not signing a handful of his own free agents.
To chart a better course, Dorsey must decipher the plan in the center and assess whether he and Jackson can work as a cohesive, peace-loving combination. Endless incarnations of Browns front-office types have clashed openly with waves of hired trainers. Dorsey should have the opportunity to choose his coach, maybe it's Jackson, maybe it's not like that, and forge a reliable and viable relationship.
This is what has been lost in Cleveland for a thousand moons, and nothing will change until this happens. the organization is put on the same page, chooses the right field marshal and deviates from the dark waters towards a better future.