John Dorsey on Browns Under Sashi Brown: 'They Didn't Get Real Players'

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2017

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 10: New General Manager John Dorsey of the Cleveland Browns  is seen with owner Jimmy Haslam before the game against the Green Bay Packers at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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New Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey said the organization didn't acquire "real players" under its previous front-office leadership, led by executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown before his firing last week.

On Thursday, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com passed along comments Dorsey made about the status of the roster during an appearance on WKNR Radio.

"You know what? You've got to get a guy like that (Hue Jackson) players," he said. "And you know what? I'll come straight out with it. The guys who were here before, that system, they didn't get real players."

Dorsey was hired as Cleveland's GM shortly after Brown was let go. He previously served in the same role with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013 until June, when the sides parted ways.

The 57-year-old Maryland native said he's going to spend the rest of the season evaluating the team and wouldn't directly comment on whether head coach Hue Jackson would return.

"I live in the present and I build for the future," he said on WKNR. "Right now the sun's out, the tarps are coming out, we're practicing outside, we're getting ready to play the Baltimore Ravens and that's my sole focus. And then it's also getting familiar with the whole layout and the organizational structure."

The Browns, who own the NFL's worst record at 0-13, went 1-21 with Brown serving as the de facto general manager since 2016.

In October, he expressed confidence the franchise was still moving in the right direction despite the lack of victories.

"Yeah, I think if I could tell you that, listen, we would be in great shape, but I think this, growth and development is not going to happen in this league overnight," Brown told reporters. "I think you have seen more than one team try that unsuccessfully."

While Cleveland attempted to embrace an analytics-based view in recent years, the hiring of Dorsey suggests it's going back to a more traditional roster-building approach. Dorsey will have five picks in the first two rounds of the 2018 draft to start the process.


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