Browns GM: Anything short of competing for division title in 2018 ‘unacceptable’
New Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey seems to have made it a mission to shock and awe after barely a week on the job. And Dorsey is certainly to raise eyebrows by articulating an arguably unrealistic goal for the Browns heading into the 2018 NFL season: Competing for a division title.
“I’m the eternal optimistic,” Dorsey said Thursday on WKNR 850, as transcribed by Cleveland.com. “I believe we have to be competitive in the AFC North and my total objective going into the ’18 season is to win the AFC North. Anything else to me is unacceptable.”
Dorsey made several headlines with his talk Thursday. Despite assurances by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam indicating otherwise, Dorsey also made no guarantees about Hue Jackson returning as head coach in 2018.
Shockingly, his comments on Jackson’s lack of job security wasn’t the most newsworthy — not to mention controversial — thing Dorsey put on the record. Dorsey in essence threw former Browns general manager Sashi Brown — not to mention the entire roster — under the bus by stating the previous regime didn’t get “real players.”
#Browns John Dorsey doesn't hold back on his opinion of the previous regime in a radio interview today: 'The guys that were here before, they didn't get real players' https://t.co/NhvsfpVXjL
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 14, 2017
The question remains for Dorsey, though, is how he expects the Browns to compete for a division title in 2018 without any “real players” currently on the roster, not to mention a 1-28 record over the past two seasons. Talk about a lot of pressure on Dorsey to make such a dramatic turnaround in his first offseason as general manager.