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Browns hire Ken Dorsey as offensive coordinator

Jan. 28—The Browns have hired Ken Dorsey as their new offensive coordinator, a league source told The News-Herald on Jan. 28 just as the Kansas City Chiefs were finishing off the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC championship game.

Dorsey is replacing Alex Van Pelt, who was fired after four years as the offensive coordinator under head coach Kevin Stefanski. Dorsey was the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 2022 and 2023 until he was fired on Nov. 14.

Five candidates were interviewed for the OC job. The Browns also interviewed former Chargers offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, Texans quarterbacks coach Jerrod Johnson, former Eagles offensive coordinator Brian Johnson and former Seahawks offensive lie coach Andy Dickerson. Moore was hired as Eagles' offensive coordinator on Jan. 27.

Dorsey, 42, was a backup quarterback for the Browns from 2006-2008. He broke into coaching in 2013 as quarterbacks coach for the Carolina Panthers. He held that job through 2017. He was out of football in 2018 and then in 2019 was named quarterbacks coach of the Buffalo Bills.

Dorsey helped Josh Allen develop into a premier quarterback in the NFL. Allen went from throwing 10 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions as a Bills rookie in 2018 to throwing 20 TD passes and nine picks his second season. Allen followed that by throwing 37, 36 and 35 touchdown passes in the next thee seasons.

Allen's production dipped in 2023, and Dorsey took the fall for it. Allen finished the season with 29 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions. He threw 14 of them over the last nine games after Dorsey was fired. More significantly, Allen threw 11 interceptions before the change and seven afterward.

"We need to be a confident offensive football team, and find consistent production, and that's really what it came down to," McDermott told reporters when he fired Dorsey. "I'm as frustrated as anyone out there. We're trying to win one game at a time right now, and we get a chance to right the ship."

Dorsey called plays for the Bills. It is unknown whether he will do that for the Brows or whether Stefanski will continue in that role as he has since he was named head coach in 2020.

Allen is a quarterback who likes to run, but he isn't mobile in the sense that Deshaun Watson is mobile. Watson's elusiveness could open new play designs by Dorsey. Also, it is worth noting that Dorsey was never shy about having Allen throw deep passes when he was calling plays for the Bills.

Barring any unexpected developments, this should complete the changes in Stefanski's coaching staff. Duce Staley has replaced Stump Mitchell as running backs coach, Tommy Rees has replaced T.C. McCartney as tight ends coach and Jacques Cesaire has replaced Ben Bloom as defensive line coach.