2. Switching to John Dorsey as general manager
Many of the above-mentioned moves are tied back to one guy, general manager John Dorsey. The Browns brought him in December of 2017, almost immediately after firing Sashi Brown. While Brown became a bit of a punching bag, he did get a lot of ammunition for Dorsey to work with as he tries to finish up this current rebuild.
That’s not to say they shouldn’t have moved on from Brown because he wasn’t as equipped to get the work done Dorsey has. That’s a compliment to the kind of front office presence Dorsey is as he’s had success everywhere he’s gone.
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He was with the Green Bay Packers from 1984-1989 as a player and then moved through the ranks from scout to director of football operations during a span that covered 1991 through 2012. He then went to the Kansas City Chiefs to be their general manager. There he again found success before a mutual parting following the 2016 season.
Now in Cleveland, he gives them a shot caller who knows how to build a team. He takes chances in free agency and the draft and isn’t afraid to move on from players that don’t fit his vision. That’s the kind of guy they needed and Dorsey is making all the right moves so far.