Browns' hire of John Dorsey as GM returns team to reliance on traditional scouting

From ESPN - December 7, 2017

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns have returned to the days of hardcore football scouting and analysis.

The hiring of John Dorsey to be the teams general manager brings in a longtime scout and former GM to run the organization. How and if analytics -- espoused by predecessor Sashi Brown -- fit will be determined, but a guy who spent much of his career as a scout figures to spend his future relying on scouting.

Dorsey, 57, is considered at his best in evaluating talent. He would work closely with head coach Hue Jackson, who said he does not need or want final say over personnel because its too much to both coach and have those duties. But Jackson said whats most important is that he and the GM work in concert.

The hiring of Dorsey will give Jackson clearer input into the kind of players he needs to make his system work. Brown, who was fired as executive vice president Thursday, worked more with a long-term vision, and Jackson had to carry the weight of a 1-27 record on his rsum while coaching a less than stocked roster.

Dorsey and Chiefs head coach Andy Reid worked closely in Kansas City, joining the team as general manager in 2013 until Dorseys contract was not renewed in a surprising decision in June. The Chiefs went 43-21 during his tenure; when he was not renewed, there was speculation about his management style and skills.

Dorsey was one of the main names on the market when it comes to experienced candidates. He is liked and respected throughout the league and would bring credibility to a winless team.


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