Four months ago the excitement and energy Browns fans had for the upcoming season could have been felt all over Northeast Ohio and the country.
Now on New Years Eve, the team is officially back in ‘rebuild’ mode yet again.
The final straw representing another rebuild broke on Tuesday when the team announced that the team and General Manager John Dorsey had mutually parted ways after three seasons on the job.
The announcement of the move came after Dorsey met Tuesday with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.
“While John helped greatly improve our team’s talent and we are excited about the core players on our roster, we fully recognized that our team did not meet its potential on or off the field and additional changes in leadership give us the best opportunity for success in the future,” Haslam said in the statement.
“As the role of the general manager continues to evolve in this league, we felt there were areas that needed to be reassessed. Over the last 48 hours, we’ve had discussion with John about his role but could not come to an agreement on a position that would enable him to remain with the organization.”
Dorsey released a statement released by team as well.
“When I took this job, the history of this storied franchise and the passion of our fans was an integral part of my decision. It is that same understanding and desire to see these fans enjoy the success they are so deserving of that helped me conclude, along with Jimmy and Dee [Haslam], that it was best to part ways as they embark on the search for a new head coach.
“I know how critical the relationship is between a general manager and head coach and I also know how critical it is that the Browns have a strong leader in their next coach.”
Reportedly the issues between Dorsey and Haslam came over the fact that the pair couldn’t come to an agreement on a future re-structure of the organization.
Dorsey was responsible for bringing in coach Freddie Kitchens, who was fired after one season on the job as the team slumped to a 6-10 season after going 7-8-1 in 2018.
There’s been rumors that the Haslam’s want to bring in Patriots assistant Josh McDaniels, and if that’s the case there’s reports that McDaniels wants to bring in his own General Manager.
The Browns have been the most unstable team in the league in the last decade, as pointed out by Pro Football Talk:
Since Haslam bought the team in 2012, only one coach or G.M. has lasted more than two years, and that was Hue Jackson, who had one of the worst coaching records in NFL history before he was fired midway through his third season.
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