Greatest moments in Cleveland Browns history: 8. Hiring John Dorsey
Before the 2017 season officially ended, the Cleveland Browns made a move that changed their franchise for the better. In December, they let go of executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown — who served in a role very similar to that of a general manager. That same day, the Browns hired former Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey, which was met with plenty of optimism.
Dorsey’s addition brought hope that the team would finally begin to turn a corner. Under Brown’s guidance, the team had become known for stockpiling draft picks, but the moves they made with those picks rarely worked out. Understanding this as a big part of the reason they were 1-31 from 2016 through 2017, Dorsey vowed to get ‘real players‘ and turn things around.
So far, he’s made good on his words. Dorsey quickly released Kenny Britt, who was an overpriced addition in the 2017 offseason. He then quit the trend of trading around in the first round of the draft and used the No. 1 overall pick on Baker Mayfield and the No. 4 pick on Denzel Ward.
His work didn’t end there. Dorsey also pulled off a trade in which he shipped off DeShone Kizer in exchange for safety Damarious Randall, who proved to be an absolute steal for them. Later, he finally convinced owner Jimmy Haslam to part ways with Hue Jackson and his 3-36-1 record. Even more important than that, Haslam let Dorsey run the coaching search that ended with the hire of Freddie Kitchens.
Entering 2019, hopes are at an all-time high for fans of the Browns and the hiring of John Dorsey back on Dec. 7, 2019, was the catalyst for that hope.