Browns’ John Dorsey Rips Previous Regime

Paul DePodesta might not be long for Cleveland. In an interview on Thursday morning, new Browns GM John Dorsey took aim at not only his predecessor, but the people working underneath him. John Dorsey (Vertical)

You know what? You’ve got to get a guy like that (coach Hue Jackson) players,” Dorsey told WKNR 850 (transcript via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com). “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’s decision to pluralize “guys” and deride the previous “system” does not bode well for DePodesta, the team’s Chief Strategy Officer. Dorsey has used some analytics in the past, but he is more of a traditional football man and he might not see a ton of value in keeping the Moneyball pioneer on the payroll.

It’s not just DePodesta that could be shown the door. Dorsey also sidestepped a question about whether Jackson will return as coach in 2018.

I live in the present and I build for the future,” Dorsey said. “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.”

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18 comments on “Browns’ John Dorsey Rips Previous Regime

  1. Thronson5

    Hope he cleans house…for the part. I still wouldn’t understand firing Hue thought. You can’t even justify that move. You sit there and say the team hasn’t done anything and hasn’t gotten any good players and then you fire him? I don’t think so. Get the man something to work with and then see what he can do. I hear all these people constantly saying to fire Hue and I laugh and ask fire him for what!? Because he couldn’t win with a bunch of nobodies? Hell, there are some great coaches out there that lose just their QB and they can’t win, would love to see their record if they had a team like the Browns. Get the man a QB and some good players and then make that kind of judgement on him wether he should be fired or not.

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    • TheZink

      One win in two seasons.
      Sorry. He’s gotta and will go.

      PS. You could’ve had Wentz

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      • Thronson5

        And last time I checked he wasn’t the GM, the GM just got fired and everyone the coach wanted he couldn’t get because the GM was a idiot and was constantly fighting for power to make all the decisions and kept messing up over and over and missing out on good players. That’s not Hue’s fault. And yes..one win..with a absolutely terrible team! Let me tell you how important it is to have a good QB. Look at the Colts..they are a playoff team and they lose Manning and they barely win a game and then they get Luck and they are back in the playoffs that first year. Had that GM gotten a few good players and let’s say Wentz or another good QB and Hue still didn’t win then I’d be saying fire him but he shouldn’t be fired for not winning with no QB and a roster full of guys that really aren’t that good.

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      • partyatnapolis

        Hue didn’t choose to bypass Wentz. Hue didn’t build the roster. I don’t care if he’s 1-28, i’m sure a lot of people would only win 1-2 games with the young untalented roster they have. You can’t place all the blame on Jackson.

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        • Polish Hammer

          Hue took the coaching job knowing the cupboard was bare but said hire me and I’ll mold this team and gets some Ws….a whopping 1 win and 28 losses later he needs to go too.

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    • ajj091097

      As I lions fan, I watched him against us in one game this year.
      He is by far the worst head coach I have ever seen. My favorite maneuver in that game is calling a play action pass while being down 2td’s with 2 minutes left in the game at the 50 yard line. It fooled nobody and the Qb was sacked. He needs to go!!!

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    • Peterd

      Ray Handley could have won 2 games this year with this same roster. Good coaches (not Handley) find ways to win regardless of players. Gameplan better and manage the clock better

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      • Thronson5

        Lol. I love you guys who think you know everything. I pray this guy either sticks until they get him some players or finds another job with some actual talent on the roster and shows all the internet coaches and internet general managers wrong lol

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  2. justinept

    I wonder how guys like Njoku, Collins and Coleman feel about that comment.

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  3. dgk71

    I think Hue deserves at least one more year. The run defense has improved light years now let the team settle down and stay in the same system for a second year.

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    • TJECK109

      For what? To see if he can get to 2 wins? It’s going to take another 2 years based on their surplus of picks to field a competitive team. Find a coach and pick and sign players that fit together.

      I thought the sign of a good coach was adapting to your players abilities. 1 stinking win in 2 years? I mean it’s ridiculous.

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  4. chgobangbang

    Can’t wait for his gutting of coaching staff and hires his own head coach! Let the bears get the better draft choice with more loses how many times has Cleveland dropped ball with draft in last 5 years? Don’t fool yourself Jackson meddled in draft and threw others under bus to try and save his ass

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  5. chgobangbang

    Bottom line you give him all these high draft choices including high picks on QBs and u get one win so far. He’s a decent OC but crappy HC

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  6. Nebrasketball

    Honestly, I think the “Moneyball” system has worked pretty well so far. Lots of good assets, and a team ready to finally make a move in the next couple of years.

    Cleveland has been a tire-fire since this franchise was awarded to the area… They finally have future assets (picks etc) that will let them build a real team.

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    • TJECK109

      You do realize this is a team that had 2 first round picks in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 3 first round picks in 2017. They blew assets. what makes you believe they have suddenly figured it out?

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  7. dust44

    U don’t have anything in the NFL without a franchise QB and they have repeatedly been scared to pull the trigger and live with 2nd-4th round guys or guys off the street. Get it together Browns. Get a real QB to build around and c how things change.

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