Boys and Girls -
I know no one has started a thread directly in appreciation of Mr. Dorsey's efforts. I think enough time has passed since John became our GM, and enough positive moves have been made that the time is right. So here goes.
I have never been a big fan of the "big splashy" signings. Previous regimes tried it that way for 18 years and look where it got us. Whether it was the unfortunate injury to LeCharles Bentley or the flat out arrogance to fail to live up to your contract of Dwayne Bowe - those splashy signings have not worked.
Enter John Dorsey on 12/7/17.
Dorsey's M.O. aligned much more with my own values. One thing as sure as death and taxes about the NFL is that your shortcomings as a player will be exposed right quick and in a hurry. If you, as a general manager, have opted for the easy and quick splash signing without doing the proper evaluations and background checks - that will show up on the field on Sunday sooner rather than later. And the fans will hang you by your gonads for it.
But, thank goodness Dorsey operates as a meat and potatoes general manager. I still remember one of his statements in his introductory press conference. He stated "Wouldn't it be cool if we could wake up a sleeping giant - one of the iconic franchises of the NFL?" To me, that statement screamed from the rooftops that he gets it. He knows what the task ahead entails. He was not going to shortcut the process out of respect for the most patient fans in the NFL. He RESPECTS US, and his job. How refreshing is that?
Want to know what the best move that John made immediately upon taking the Browns' job? It was no move at all. John knew that he would respect the players currently on that roster. He would use those final 4 games to properly evaluate them. And he knew he was strong enough to tell some of them, at the conclusion of the season, that they simply were not in the team's future plans.
He then bolstered the Browns front office with colleagues that he felt comfortable with, that he could trust to help him carry out his vision to make the Browns successful. In earnest, they began to shift assets of the team to make it better.
But the single most event that sold me on John Dorsey talent, and handling of men working for him was the process going into the selection of Baker. Dorsey has always said "Trust your eyes, trust what they are telling your brain." And Dorsey did just that. Once he saw Baker in person, he knew he was "the guy" for the Browns.
But in true Dorsey fashion, he told no one about his opinions. He still wanted all his lieutenants to form their own opinions and then argue for their guy. John knew that this was he was getting their honest opinion, what they had been hired to do. I am sure that there was a meeting of the minds and Baker became a Brown.
The hiring of Freddie Kitchens as head coach surprises me none. He is John Dorsey's mini-me in all the right attitude areas. If you don't wear brown and orange, YOU DON'T MATTER. He got his man.
There has been a process to every personnel move that Dorsey has made. Yes, I remember the tinhorns from Kansas City shaming us because Dorsey could not manage the cap while with the Chiefs. In Berea, Dorsey has an excellent right hand man for salary cap management in Paul DePodesta. Plus the fact that he may have learned from his past mistakes. Of course, no self respecting snarky "journalist" would give him the credit that he could learn from his mistakes.
Will every move he makes work? Of course not. But his track record is impressive. Each and every move has set up his next move. And he has kept us out of salary cap jail for the foreseeable future.
Quite frankly I think he is the most accomplished GM in this franchise's history.