In John Dorsey, the Cleveland Browns trust
The Cleveland Browns are in an interesting spot this off-season, but general manager John Dorsey has already earned the fans trust.
Lots of end-of-the-season Cleveland Browns questions floating around the web-o-sphere this week.
- Next Browns head coach? Gregg Williams? Freddie Kitchens? Josh McDaniels? Mike McCarthy?
- Do the Browns need an offensive tackle? Or a defensive one? Or a run-stopping linebacker?
- Lose/trade Tyrod Taylor? Breshad Perriman? E.J. Gaines?
- Snag Le’Veon Bell? Antonio Brown? Ndamukong Suh?
Understandable questions, all legitimate concerns, but anyone notice what must-haves are missing on that list?
Quarterback. Running back. Shutdown cornerback.
This time last year, all three of those positions were on the need-it list, but the reason none is a gotta-have-it anymore because of one man.
John Michael Dorsey, the Browns general manager, aka Buddy Boy, aka The Sweatshirt, aka The Draft Whisperer.
Okay, it was one man and his entire talent hunting team – Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta, assistant general manager Eliot Wolf and V.P. of Player Personnel Alonzo Highsmith to name a few – who found the best way to use the 2018 draft picks and salary cap space gifted to them by the men they succeeded.
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If the Browns are the infamous A-Team, Dorsey is Colonel Hannibal Smith, whose catch phrase, “I love it when a plan comes together,” fits perfectly in this case.
The January 2018 Browns had major needs and Dorsey’s team went out and filled them. Period.
Quarterback? Check – against all logic they ignored the ‘popular boys’ and took Baker Mayfield, the “too short, too wild, nonathletic” quarterback who just got done setting the NFL rookie touchdown pass record and is currently enjoying his seventh Rookie of the Week award and being nominated for Rookie of the Year.
Running back? Check – against all logic they passed on Saquon Barkley in the first round and took Nick Chubb in the second round instead, a play-extending beast who ended up setting a franchise record for longest touchdown run and who won two Rookie of the Week awards (one more than Barkley) and is also nominated for Rookie of the Year.
Shutdown cornerback? Check – against all logic they passed on Bradley Chubb and took “little” Denzel Ward instead, who made it to the Pro Bowl and was Rookie of the Week twice.
Eleven rookie-of-the-week awards in one season, tied for the most with the 2012 Washington Redskins and the 2017 New Orleans Saints.
That’s called a plan coming together, buddy boy.
And now, because of that, the January 2019 Browns will be facing an upcoming draft and free agency with something that two-decade’s worth of Browns teams never had the luxury of experiencing – their major needs fulfilled.
Talk about a situation that allows for some above-the-net tweaking.
If the Browns are the A-Team, we already have our Face, our Howling Mad Murdock, our B.A. Baracus.
Now it’s about trusting Dorsey’s crew to start tweaking the details and adding some more recurring characters.
Who can help the Browns improve against the run, the pass, the 40+ yard field goals?
Plenty of possibilities out there when you don’t need a franchise quarterback most of all.
Lots of end-of-the-season Cleveland Browns questions to be answered this off-season before the A-Team is ready for action again, but (dare I say it?) the Browns front office is on it.
Wow, for the first time in a long time saying that doesn’t cause Browns fans to doubt. Or laugh. Pity the fool who does.
By Dorsey, I love it when a plan comes together.