Dorsey will head search for new coach

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - SPORTS - By Jeff Schudel jschudel@news-her­ald.com @JSProIn­sider on Twit­ter

Gen­eral Man­ager John Dorsey is head­ing the search for the Browns next head coach, Browns Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Peter John-Bap­tiste con­firmed Nov. 7.

Dorsey and Browns owner Jimmy Haslam fired Hue Jack­son and named de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Gregg Wil­liams in­terim head coach Oct. 29.

On the sur­face, it might seem ob­vi­ous the gen­eral man­ager would lead the coach­ing hunt for a team that hasn’t had a win­ning sea­son in 11 years.

But Haslam’s de­ci­sion to give the re­spon­si­bil­ity to Dorsey means the Browns won’t be go­ing through an out­side firm to con­duct the search as they did in 2016 when they went through the firm of Korn/Ferry, headed by for­mer NFL as­sis­tant coach Jed Hughes – and came up with Jack­son.

Hir­ing Jack­son was viewed fa­vor­ably at the time, but for­mer direc­tor of foot­ball op­er­a­tions Sashi

Brown traded away the team’s as­sets in 2016 and 2017 and passed on highly re­garded quar­ter­backs Car­son Wentz and De­shaun Wat­son. The Browns were 3-36-1 un­der Jack­son.

In fair­ness to Hughes and Korn/Ferry, they also sug­gested the com­bi­na­tion of Gen­eral Man­ager John Sch­nei­der and Coach Pete Car­roll to the Seat­tle Sea­hawks and Coach Andy Reid to the Chiefs.

Korn/Ferry also linked Haslam and Dorsey in 2017, and so far that has worked fa­vor­ably – so fa­vor­ably that Dorsey will lead the search

to re­place Wil­liams with­out out­side help.

This will be Dorsey’s first coach­ing search. He was hired as Chiefs gen­eral man­ager in 2013 – the same year Kansas City hired Reid. Dorsey worked in the per­son­nel depart­ment of the Green Bay Pack­ers prior to tak­ing the Kansas City job, so he has never been in a po­si­tion to hire a head coach un­til now. He will work in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Jimmy and coowner Dee Haslam, Jimmy Haslam’s wife, to make the fi­nal de­ci­sion on the next coach.

Dorsey can go sev­eral routes to hir­ing the Browns’ ninth head coach since they re­turned to the NFL as an ex­pan­sion team in 1999. He can reach for an en­er­getic, of­fen­sive-minded col­lege coach, go af­ter a cur­rent NFL as­sis­tant or hire a coach with NFL head­coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mike McCarthy, cur­rent head coach of the Pack­ers, could be on Dorsey’s short list if McCarthy is fired at the end of the sea­son. Dorsey is very fa­mil­iar with McCarthy from their years to­gether (2006-12) in Green Bay.

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