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Brwons GM John Dorsey to lead search for next coach

11/8/2018 7:02:32 AM
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Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam have officially turned their fourth coaching search over to general manager John Dorsey, a league source told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Contrary to conflicting information about Dorsey’s role, he’ll lead the charge and will have full authority to conduct it any way he wants -- and make his first career coaching hire.

It remains to be seen if he’ll enlist the services of a search firm, but he has a strong team around him that includes Assistant General Manager Eliot Wolf and Vice President of Player Personnel Alonzo Highsmith, who both worked with Dorsey in Green Bay. He’ll also receive input from others in the organization, including Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta and Vice President of Player Personnel Andrew Berry.

The Haslams will have input in the collaborative process, but Dorsey will drive the decision. 

The Haslams, who used the search firm of Korn Ferry to hire Hue Jackson, selected Dorsey to conduct the search because of his array of contacts at the college and NFL level throughout his 26 years' experience in the NFL. As a longtime NFL scout with the Packers, he developed strong relationships not only with college coaches and assistants, but with athletic directors and other team officials that can help him with due diligence on candidates.

During his 21 years with the Packers, one year with the Seahawks and four years as GM of the Chiefs, Dorsey has gotten to know most of the other NFL head coaches and assistants in the NFL over the years, and has earned a reputation as a premiere talent evaluator and team executive.

The fact that Dorsey is conducting the search makes the job more attractive to some candidates leery of a job in which the last five head coaches have lasted 2 1/2 years or less, with one, Rob Chudzinski, getting only a year, one NFL coach told In his 26 seasons, Dorsey has been involved in 19 playoff teams, 11 divisional titles, three conference championships and two Super Bowl victories.

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