First of all, what a fucking mess for the “Mistake by the Bay.”
John Dorsey was expected to help take the Cleveland Browns to the next step. Dorsey, who had a short five-year career with the Green Bay Packers – returned to the organization as a scout, and then the Director of College Scouting, Player Personnel, College Scouting, and eventually the Director of Football Operations in Green Bay. After a four-year term as the Kansas City Chiefs General Manager, where he was reunited with Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid, who he worked with in Green Bay, Dorsey was named the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns in 2017. His efforts led to the drafting of Oklahoma Sooners Heisman QB Baker Mayfield, along with cornerback Denzel Ward and running back Nick Chubb. In his first year, which brought the end of head coach Hue Jackson’s dismal time with the Browns, the Browns finished 7-8-1 and a hope of promise for 2019.
Expectations were at an ultimate high in Cleveland, most analysts around the league expected the young core of Cleveland to take that next step and bring home an AFC North Crown. A new head coach in Freddie Kitchens, the sky was the limit was these Browns. That never sufficed.
With toxic acquisitions like Odell Beckham, Jr. and even questionable moves like Kareem Hunt, the Browns on paper looked as talented as ever, but chemistry never meshed. Add a mockery of a scene with Myles Garrett bopping Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph on the head with a helmet, a lot of bad bringing was coming onto the Cleveland Browns already in a season of disaster. Garrett was suspended for the remainder of the 2019 NFL season, and the Browns ended the year on a bad note, losing at lowly Cincinnati, who, coming into Week 17 of the 2019 season, only had one win.
Cleveland is in need of another culture change – starting from the top – and it doesn’t help that there are players who are only about themselves and a total jackassery of an ownership leading the way. I don’t blame head coaching candidates declining interviews at this stop.
I’m not worried for John Dorsey — There should be some jobs that will open up and with his track record, he is sure to not be unemployed too long. But let the Cleveland Browns continue to be the “butt” of the National Football League – and the continued laughingstock of most if not all professional sports franchises out there.