New Cleveland Browns GM John Dorsey had his introductory press conference with the team last week, but it was his interview Thursday morning on ESPN Cleveland that made headlines, particularly when talking about the previous regime’s failure in acquiring “real football players.” The quote came up while Dorsey was giving a response about head coach Hue Jackson’s disappointing tenure so far:
“You know what? You gotta get a guy like [Hue] players. And you know what, I'll come straight out with it, the guys who were here before and that system, they didn't get real players. I think as Bill Parcells would always say, ‘you are your record.’ That's the truth-teller in this whole thing. I'm going to do my darndest to get Hue players. And that's all I can ask for, and that's all I can do. I like the man.”
There are multiple layers to the quote. For one, it’s a shot at the departed Sashi Brown — although one could argue that he was speaking in general about multiple regimes, dating back to the Joe Banner and Ray Farmer days. Second, it can’t be the most pleasant thing for the 53 players in the locker room to hear. You can see where that might cause a divide, especially when egos believe they are on the side of a real football player as opposed to some of their teammates, like RB Isaiah Crowell:
#Browns RB Isaiah Crowell on GM John Dorsey's comments that previous regime didn't get "real players:" I don’t feel like he said anything wrong. I feel like he said the truth.— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) December 14, 2017
Some guys he might consider “real football players” would probably be the players he listed off the other day on Cleveland Browns Daily, regarding players he liked in previous draft classes while he was the Chiefs’ GM.
“I liked Duke Johnson. I thought for a situational third-down, second back, I really liked him. I liked (Joel) Bitonio. I liked Danny Shelton. That's a given. I like 58, (Christian) Kirksey. I love Myles Garrett. He's a freak. Now, with him, I would love to put some pressure on it. He's got every gift in the world. He could be like super special.”
It’s possible that Dorsey’s comments are heavily-loaded toward certain problematic positions, such as the lack of a veteran quarterback, poor receivers (before the return of Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon), the lack of big contributions at tight end, and some of the issues still present in the secondary. One guy who there was no lost love for was wide receiver Kenny Britt, and cutting him was an easy decision, per Dorsey:
“I have no problem making that decision. From a cultural standpoint, I don't think he fits in the prototypical character point of what I'm looking for, in terms of a leader," Dorsey said. "He did not live up to his expectations as a player. He may have a higher opinion of himself than I have of him as a player. I thought that was easy.”
If he keeps this up, the local media will adore him, says Lane Adkins of The OBR:
The local media is going to love John Dorsey, that is until he stops giving them the insight and quotes --- all of which are very self-serving at the moment— LA (@TheRealLA__) December 14, 2017
What do you think, Browns fans? Do you like the fact that Dorsey didn’t really have a filter when speaking out on the subject?