[UPDATE 10:32 P.M. ET: Scratch John Dorsey as a candidate for the Giants’ GM job. He has taken that post with the Cleveland Browns.]
The New York Giants officially have competition in their search for a new general manager.
It was announced Thursday morning that the Cleveland Browns are firing general manager Sashi Brown. Brown was hired in 2016 as the Browns adopted a radical analytics-driven, “Moneyball” approach to NFL roster construction.
Since he was hired, the Browns have failed to turn their franchise around, going 1-27 over the last two seasons.
If the Giants thought that they would have a window in which they were the only franchise in the market for a general manager, that window has now closed, and there is already a name ibeing connected to the Cleveland job.
For a month, a search firm has been vetting former #Chiefs GM John Dorsey, a rare accomplished GM who is available. #Browns are open now.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 7, 2017
Dorsey’s name has been brought up as a possibility for the Giants’ open GM position.
It might also not be much of a coincidence that Brown was fired just days after Jerry Reese.
We know that the Giants wanted to interview Hue Jackson for their head coaching job in 2016, before Jackson went to Cleveland and the Giants hired Ben McAdoo. If Reese preferred Jackson over McAdoo that would make Reese a name to keep an eye on in relation to the Browns’ position.
The comparisons between the two openings are intriguing.
The Giants’ GM position will be seen as a much more prestigious and secure job — with stability and patience on the part of ownership and a strong foundation in place.
The Browns, on the other hand, have far more resources with which to construct a roster. Not only are they almost a lock for the first overall pick in the draft, but a total of eight picks in the first four rounds, and could have more than $100 milion in cap space
The Giants should be expected to be the big fish in both the coaching and GM searches, but the Browns’ move to fire Sashi Brown certainly presents some competition.