New GM John Dorsey: We’re going to “reawaken this sleeping giant, the Cleveland Browns”

BEREA, Ohio –There is a new sheriff in town, his name is John Dorsey.  Browns owner Jimmy Haslam introduced the team’s new General Manager Friday morning at the team’s facility in Berea.

“Let’s reawake this sleeping giant, the Cleveland Browns,” Dorsey said.

Dorsey comes to Cleveland with plenty of football IQ.  He played in the league, was a scout with the Green Bay Packers and served as General Manager in Kansas City.  During his tenure with the Chiefs, the team recorded a 43-21 record.  He said the reason for the turnaround in Kansas City is that they had a plan, they identified their quarterback and traded for Alex Smith.

Dorsey’s contract was not extended with the Chiefs past 2017 and so the two sides decided to part ways.

Haslam acknowledged that he and Sashi Brown met about 5-6 weeks ago to discuss getting a more experienced individual in the personnel department.  It was right around the time the Browns botched a trade for Cincinnati Bengals back-up quarterback A.J. McCarron.  Haslam said that mistake had nothing to do with moving on from Sashi Brown.

Dorsey admits that he liked DeShone Kizer entering this year’s draft but went on to say that this is a quarterback driven league, to succeed he said, you need one of those guys.

FOX 8 asked Jimmy Haslam about bringing future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, who has a Tennessee connection, to Cleveland to help with the turnaround.

Haslam said he and Manning had dinner on Monday night but he doesn’t believe Manning knows what he wants to do yet with his future.

Other news and notes from the press conference:

  • -Jimmy Haslam expects Hue Jackson to be the coach of the Browns for a very long time.
  • -Haslam said Paul Depodesta will remain with the team and he and John will watch Sunday’s game together, they have not met yet.
  • -Haslam is confident that Hue Jackson and John Dorsey will work well together given their style and skillsets.
  • -John Dorsey’s recommendations were outstanding according to Jimmy Haslam
  • -John Dorsey’s number one priority will be to find a quarterback per Jimmy Haslam
  • -Haslam is still confident that they will get this franchise turned around.

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Haslam: Very excited about Hue Jackson remaining in Cleveland as the Browns’ coach. “The NFL is a long season…we have not always played well…but we’ve played hard. I’m really excited to see what John and Hue can do together.”

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Haslam: Hue and John are “football lifers” and line up almost identically, both extroverted. “They’ll form a great team and turn this franchise around.”

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Haslam: “We’re fortunate to have someone like John Dorsey at this time.” He’s already spent time with the team. 

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Haslam introduces Dorsey

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Dorsey: Thanks Dee and Jimmy Haslam for allowing him to “reawake this sleeping giant, the Cleveland Browns.”

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Dorsey: “I look forward to working with Hue Jackson.”

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Dorsey: Going to meet with personnel staff to assess plans after the press conference.

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Dorsey: “This (team) to me, has one of the most unique fan bases in all of the National Football League.”

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Dorsey:  “I can’t wait to try and build and establish this thing and move this thing forward.”

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Haslam says the team is planning on Hue Jackson being coach for “a long time.”

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Dorsey: I think Sashi did a good job of getting good draft picks…this is an opportunity not many personnel guys in my position would pass up. 

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Haslam, when asked what went wrong with the relationship with Sashi: “I try to learn from the experiences and move forward. I can’t tell you for sure that these two guys will work well together, but I’m highly optimistic given their backgrounds and skill sets.”

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Haslam: “We’re moving to a more traditional model.”

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When asked about reports of derogatory comments made in court, Haslam said: “First those individuals don’t work for us any more…that’s not how we act and do things and those kind of remarks are intolerable.”

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Haslam: I had nothing to do with the coaching search at Tennessee. 

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Haslam: The entire investigation has … been painful to go through.

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Dorsey re. quarterback decision: Says they’ll sit down as a group at the end of a season and begin to build a plan moving forward, and identify — “this is a quarterback-driven team,” so it’s an evaluation period and it will take some time to put a plan together. 

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Dorsey on why he was let go from his last position: “I don’t know. I’ve tried to figure it out, but again, every organization is different and every one moves forward at some times.”

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On if this will be the extent of the big changes with the Browns, Haslam said John will have the opportunity to come in and analyze the personnel group. “Do I expect a tremendous amount of change? No.” 

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On if he wants more changes with the team, Dorsey said: “You don’t want to be the guy who comes in and blows everything up.” He said “let’s do what’s right for the Browns” and see what the current staff can do.

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