More change is coming to the Cleveland Browns organization as the team general manager John Dorsey have parted ways after a two-plus year relationship. Vice President of Player Personnel Alonzo Highsmith is also leaving the organization according to reports.
The Haslams’ released the following statement through the team following the announcement
“We have a great appreciation for John and all he has done with the Cleveland Browns. He’s helped create a foundation that we need to continue to develop and build upon. While John helped greatly improve our team’s talent and we are excited about the core players on our roster, we fully recognized that our team did not meet its potential on or off the field and additional changes in leadership give us the best opportunity for success in the future.”https://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/browns-and-john-dorsey-mutually-part-ways
Dorsey’s future had been in doubt over the last 72 hours after reports surfaced that the Haslams were considering changes to the structure of their organization. The firing of head coach Freddie Kitchens on Sunday only added to the speculation when ESPN reported on Monday morning that whoever would be the next head coach would have a say in who the general manager would be.
Cleveland.com is reporting that the Browns wanted Dorsey to be strictly a talent evaluator much like Highsmith and current assistant general manager Elliot Wolf have been behind Dorsey during their tenures with the Browns.
The speculation has been that Chief Strategic Officer Paul DePodesta would be getting a larger role in football operations but that isn’t the case according to the Cleveland.com report. DePodesta will not be leading the football operations department and the team will begin the search for the leader of that department.
Philadelphia Eagles Vice President of Football Operations Andrew Berry, who left the Browns earlier this year will reportedly be a candidate for the job as he’s been drawing interest as a potential general manager across the league.
Dorsey joined the Browns late in the 2017 season replacing Sashi Brown as the top executive in football operations. Acquiring a treasure chest of cap space and draft capital, Dorsey took the team that went 1-31 over a two-year stretch and started using those assets to build the Browns and “awake the sleeping giant” as he famously said in his introductory press conference.
The list of players he acquired during his tenure with the Browns helped lay down the foundation and core for the team moving forward
- Jarvis Landry
- Baker Mayfield
- Denzel Ward
- Nick Chubb
- Greedy Williams
- Mack Wilson
- Odell Beckham Jr.
- Sheldon Richardson
There have also been the questionable moves
- Signing Chris Hubbard to a five-year, $37.5 million dollar contract. Hubbard ranked as one of the worst offensive tackles in football for 2019.
- Drafting Antonio Callaway despite his off-the-field issues
- Drafting Austin Corbett in the second round of the 2018 Draft only to trade him one year later for a fifth-round pick.
- Trading away Kevin Zeitler, Jabrill Peppers, Duke Johnson, Emmanuel Ogbah, and Genard Avery who were key to the Browns success down the stretch in 2018
- Releasing Darren Fells in exchange for Demetrius Harris
- Bringing in Jermaine Whitehead after he punched a player on national TV only to have him threaten to kill a media member following the Broncos matchup
- Signing Kareem Hunt despite his off-the-field issues
- Hiring Freddie Kitchens as head coach
Dorsey went silent during the Browns collapse during the second half of the year and it shouldn’t have been a surprise to many as there were reports coming out of Kansas City that he was a poor communicator. There’s also the poor management skills as has been evident with the lack of extension talks with linebacker Joe Schobert, who becomes a free agent in March.
This may look like another moment to laugh at the organization but once again, we should give them a chance and time to see if letting Dorsey go was the right or wrong thing.