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When the Cleveland Browns fired Sashi Brown in 2017, it seemed that they were giving up on using analytics for talent evaluations.
The hiring of John Dorsey as general manager reaffirmed that thought since Dorsey is old-school when it comes to evaluating talent. After his playing days ended, Dorsey became a scout.
However, Dorsey did not completely clean house when he was hired and kept some of the analytics department together. Most notably, Paul DePodesta and Andrew Berry.
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It was somewhat surprising, but it may not have been Dorsey’s choice. In today’s featured article, owner Jimmy Haslam likely forced Dorsey to keep the analytics department. Dorsey did not believe he needed the analytics department, using descriptive language about how he initially felt about the department.
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"The inability to Browns owner Jimmy Haslam to completely commit to a new approach over the long haul coupled with his affinity for half measures when making changes has resulted in a recent string of forced marriages that have created tension between the “football guys” and those who dabble in analytics."
Although Dorsey has an old-school approach in evaluating talent, it makes a lot of sense to have an analytics department to help in the process of finding players. It may not be something that Dorsey initially agreed to, but having more data on players will only help the process.
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"During Kitchens’ introductory press conference at FirstEnergy Stadium, Jimmy and Dee Haslam sat in the front row instead of Haslam appearing on the dais with Dorsey and Kitchens. It was Dorsey’s hire, and Haslam wanted to stay out of the spotlight himself."
By hiring Dorsey, it seems Haslam has somebody that he can trust so that he no longer has to be as involved with the football side of the business. After making mistake-after-mistake in his first several years as the owner, Haslam appears to have finally taken a step back.
After hiring Dorsey, the Browns built one of the best front offices in all of football. However, it seemed like they would only be together for a short time, as some members would likely be poached for other jobs. But that did not happen this off-season, and that is important for the Browns success.