CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam formally introduced John Dorsey as the team's new general manager.
"This is one of the most iconic fan bases," said Dorsey during Friday's press conference. "We want to be competitive every year."
Dorsey, a former NFL linebacker with the Green Bay Packers, has worked for 26 years in NFL player personnel positions. Most recently, Dorsey served as the General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs.
"I can do my job with the best of my peers in the National Football League," says Dorsey. "I know I'm going to sit here and work and I'm going to do everything that my god-given ability has given me and try to do it."
The lack of a talented quarterback has been the Browns problem for over a decade. Since 1999, the Browns have started more than two dozen quarterbacks.
"The Cleveland Browns are not going to be successful until we get a quarterback" said Haslam.
"That will be John's No. 1 priority," said Haslam.
Dorsey was named to the position Thursday night, hours after former Executive VP of Football Operations Sashi Brown was fired.
Haslam was asked if Brown's departure was related to the trade deadline debacle and botched swap with the Cincinnati Bengals for backup quarterback A.J. McCarron, but the owner said that had nothing to do with it.
"I will place that way more on me than on Sashi," said Haslam. "I think we decided to push the go button later than we should."
In a statement released Thursday after the hiring, Dorsey said:
Dee and Jimmy Haslam also released a prepared statement on Thursday after Dorsey was hired:
On Thursday, the Browns also announced that head coach Hue Jackson will be returning to coach the team in 2018.