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Browns make right hire with John Dorsey

On Thursday morning, the Cleveland Browns did something they are very used to doing. They fired somebody. General manager Sashi Brown was removed from his post. 12 hours later, they replaced him with John Dorsey, who was fired by the Kansas City Chiefs in June.

John Dorsey worked four years with Kansas City, taking over a 2-14 franchise that had sunk to new lows. The Chiefs were coming off a disastrous campaign. As well as the harrowing murder-suicide episode with Jovan Belcher. Dorsey worked with head coach Andy Reid to bring the Chiefs three playoff appearances over four seasons. This included a playoff win for the first time since 1993.

In other words, Dorsey did a damn good job for the Chiefs, making this a slam-dunk hire for the Browns. Cleveland has been an unstable wreck since coming backing the league as an expansion team in 1999. Owner Jimmy Haslam has rifled through coaches and front office personnel, but this should be a hire that sticks moving forward.

Dorsey is known as a football junkie, someone who pours over film of both college players and prospective free agents. During his time with the Chiefs, Dorsey engineered a trade for quarterback Alex Smith before drafting a bevy of Pro Bowlers and All-Pros including Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Marcus Peters and others. Dorsey also drafted Kareem Hunt, who is well on his way to a Pro Bowl season as a rookie.

With so much draft ammunition, Dorsey stands to turn Cleveland around in short order. The draft should be rife with quarterback prospects this season, ranging from Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson to Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Josh Allen. Considering the Browns are going to have the top-overall pick, Dorsey will have his pick of the litter. Furthermore, Cleveland also has the first-round choice of the Houston Texans, another chip Dorsey will have to add a quality piece.

Turning around the Browns won’t happen overnight, even if John Dorsey hits on the dozen picks he has in the first six rounds of the upcoming draft. Cleveland has a bad roster. Save for a few young bright spots such as Myles Garrett, Jamie Collins and Kevin Zeitler. Nothing and nobody is going to fix that in a single offseason, but after years of spinning their proverbial wheels, the Browns finally have a man in charge who can see a plan through.

Cleveland has seen some very dark years over the past two decades, but with the hiring of Dorsey, the Browns are finally on the right track.


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