Cleveland Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam’s track record of hiring coaches for the team hasn’t been exactly — well, how should this be phrased?
Good. That’s the word. They haven’t been good at it.
With their latest hire Hugh Jackson fired seven games into the season and 23 games too late, the Haslams are reportedly handing their coaching search over entirely to general manager John Dorsey.
Report: John Dorsey to run Browns’ coaching search
Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reports that Dorsey will have cart blanche in deciding who leads the Browns into the future with quarterback Baker Mayfield and a defense with a pair of young stars in Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward. It would be Dorsey’s first career coaching hire.
Haslams have tried and failed
Since the Haslams bought the Browns in 2012, they have fire Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski, Mike Pettine and Jackson. Gregg Williams is currently the interim head coach after Jackson’s departure.
The franchise has taken criticism over the years for being too quick to pull the trigger on coaches, one of the myriad reasons the job is not an attractive one. The Haslams gave Jackson more rope after an 0-16 season, and that didn’t work out either.
Cabot speculates that the move to put Dorsey in charge was in part an effort to make the opening more attractive.
Dorsey’s reputation is rock solid
Dorsey has developed goodwill around the league as an effective executive and talent evaluator since 1991 with teams that include the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs. He’s had input on consistent winners throughout his career including being a part of a pair of Super Bowl winners in Green Bay.
Dorsey took the Browns general manager position in 2017 and oversaw selecting Mayfield and Ward in April. Now the Browns are reportedly giving him the keys to the franchise, trusting that his eye for talent and connections throughout football will finally reap a successful coaching hire.
No word if coach will report to Dorsey
Cabot reports that it hasn’t been determined if the new hire will report directly to Dorsey or ownership, but the move seems a step in the right direction.
Jimmy Haslam has a track record of ineptitude that includes admitting that a homeless man helped convince him to draft Johnny Manziel in 2014.
It’s past time to let somebody who knows what they’re doing make the big decisions. The Haslams appeared to have gotten the general manager hire right in bringing Dorsey on board. Their next good decision is allowing him to do his job.
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