Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey has aggressively added talent to the roster as he tries to ‘wake the sleeping giant.’
In the midst of all the OBJ-induced playoff talk now floating throughout the football world, co-host Kyle Brandt reminds us all of how important it is to remember just how bad things were in Cleveland.
So bad, he admits, that the GMF hosts vowed not to make Browns jokes because they were “too easy.”
You know, the same consideration given to jokes about ugly babies and farts. Ouch.
Brandt says the Browns’ winless 2017 was their Great Depression, which makes general manager John Dorsey Cleveland’s FDR, because all he’s done since being hired by the Haslams is make bold decisions with his “spine and his brain” and saying ‘I’m here to win’.
[pause for applause break]
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Then Brandt breaks down some of Dorsey’s ballsy genius:
- Dorsey goes to the 2018 draft with the number one pick and instead of selecting the popular choice, Sam Darnold, he takes Baker Mayfield, a big-time potential bust who was short and cocky and not a team player;
- And then with the fourth pick, Dorsey takes the small corner, Denzel Ward, instead of the popular choice Bradley Chubb;
- And Dorsey somehow grabs Jarvis Landry from the Dolphins and now Odell Beckham Jr. from the Giants;
- And to that list of great snags, you can add Nick Chubb, Damarious Randall, Olivier Vernon, Kareem Hunt, Sheldon Richardson and more to come.
Brandt calls Dorsey’s moves brave and fearless and at times, even heartless…
…but it’s working.
And then the segment cuts to host Peter Schrager interviewing FDR, er, JMD, where the sweatshirt-clad John Michael Dorsey reminds us that of the eleven original teams of the NFL, five of them are from Ohio.
“That shows us the importance of football in Northeast Ohio. The fans are like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”
And then the Browns’ fearless general manager reiterates his big picture plans for the city of Cleveland by loosely quoting FDR:
“It’s our goal to wake the sleeping giant.”
And by Dorsey, the Browns’ front office is doing just that.
The Browns have gone from joke to contender thanks to Dorsey’s spine and brain. And just in case anyone begins to take that for granted, Brandt closes the GMF segment metaphorically by reminding Browns fans not to forget the “tent cities and bread lines” they’ve gone through.
No worries, Kyle, nobody in the Dawg Pound has that short a memory, but maybe a few folks hopping onto the Browns’ bandwagon these days could use a refresher course in Browns misery.
It’s going to take a lot more wins before Cleveland is considered post-depression, but wins are a lot easier to picture with players like OBJ on the roster.
We’ll know the team has finally become respectable again the second we start hearing Browns jokes on GMF.
In the meantime, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
And the Steelers, Ravens, Patriots, Chiefs and Chargers, maybe.