Cleveland Browns: 5 takeaways from bombshell ESPN article

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It’s mostly pre-Dorsey

Old names are a key part of the story. Joe Banner, Rob Chudzinski, Ray Farmer.

And that’s fine. That’s when the Browns were their most dysfunctional. It makes for a great read, which Wickersham’s story was. I couldn’t put it down.

But Seth didn’t tell anyone who follows the Browns anything they didn’t already know.

The undoing of the Banner-Mike Lombardi partnership. Ray Farmer being promoted before he was ready. The 20 minutes of porn on the wall at the team’s Berea headquarters. Haslam going against his strategy team to hire Hue Jackson.

It was all done before  Dorsey.

The only piece remaining after Dorsey’s hire was coach Hue Jackson. It still is baffling as to how Haslam had such a quick trigger with everyone else he’s fired, that he didn’t pull the plug on Jackson after 1-31.

That was settled halfway through the season though and Dorsey has his coach. For the first time in a long time, the Browns have a marriage of a coach and general manager. You’d have to go back to the Banner-Lombardi-Chudzinski trio to find that scenario, and even then, there wasn’t a powerful GM in place as there is now.

Some of the details to emerge from the story that were shocking

But the details in the story are so intriguing because such an unflattering picture was painted.