CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - There’s no denying the star power in Berea these days. It was on full display on Monday, during Odell Beckham Jr.'s introductory press conference. Lot of star power.
And to me, the most interesting person in that building continues to be...
No, not Freddie Kitchens, although he is the most personable. And likable.
The most interesting person is John Dorsey, who’s as “all in” on the build-up as his predecessor was in the tear-down. Dorsey made headlines when he took at shot at Sashi’s roster, saying it’s time to bring in “real players”, and while the new G.M. almost immediately tried to rephrase that statement, it’s clear that he meant it.
It’s hard to believe that this team, with this talent, and this potential, is only two seasons removed from NFL infamy. That’s how quickly Dorsey moved, once he took over, and he hasn’t slowed down since. Only one starter, Christian Kirksey, remains from the one-win 2016 team, and that winless 2017 run? A handful of guys. I mean, Myles Garrett isn’t going anywhere, and Joel Bitonio is a Pro Bowler. But even Emmanual Ogbah and Derrick Kindred weren’t safe, as they found out yesterday.
Duke Johnson will be next, and if this upsets you, because you still envision him as a playmaker, well, just go by the numbers. Even when Hue and Haley were long-gone and Freddie was in control, Duke’s rushing attempts didn’t go up...they went down. He averaged 2.5 carries per game for the season. And just under 3 catches per game. Whether it’s ability, or attitude, the Browns just don’t consider Johnson a good fit.
The bottom line, there’s no reason to question Dorsey’s moves. He drafted the right quarterback. And the right running back. Even traded a guy to make sure his former coaches would play the right running back. Added the right receiver...not just once, but now, twice.
He also improved the defensive line. You think he might be able to find a safety?
This must feel pretty good for someone who lived through 0-16.
“Everything looks good and everything looks tight on offense and on defense, but until we go out there and prove it, until we go out and win each and every day, it is just words right now, just thoughts", Myles Garrett said.
Thanks to the most aggressive G.M.'s in the NFL.