Houston Texans: Wires hard to untangle in search for GM
By Neal Sharma
Candidate No. 1: John Dorsey
John Dorsey has previous GM experience with the Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs, and one reason I wouldn’t hate this hire is because he set the platform and the foundation roster which the Browns and Chiefs are now growing on heading into the playoffs.
The Browns are now contenders, and we know how well the Chiefs are taking care of their business. Simply put, he nearly built the Browns and the Chiefs. Dorsey drafted Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb for the Browns and brought many important players to the Chiefs such as Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, and not to mention, had the confidence to trade up and draft Patrick Mahomes.
One major X-factor about Dorsey: his previous work experience with the Chiefs also means he has ties to current offensive coordinator for the Chiefs, Eric Bieniemy. Deshaun Watson has made it clear that he wants Eric Bieniemy as the next Houston Texans head coach, and Dorsey’s ties with Bieniemy could definitely give himself leverage into taking the GM role.
Another thing worth noting is that since Dorsey is a former linebacker for Green Bay, he has a strong understanding of defensive talent. That is especially important right now because Houston’s two starting corners are currently Vernon Hargreaves III and Phillip Gaines.
Is Dorsey the best guy available to the Texans? Absolutely not.
Despite the Browns’ large amount of draft capital they had under the Dorsey era, oftentimes the draft picks wouldn’t work out, while at the same time, Dorsey had a reputation of giving up quality players for draft picks.
Loss of quality player -> draft picks -> low rate on a successful draft pick is not a good chain of events to be on. It kind of feels like Bill O’Brien in reverse with a twist, if you want to think about it that way.
Though the Chiefs and Browns grew under Dorsey, many would argue that the Browns could be in a much better position without him. However, it is hard for the Chiefs to be in a much better situation than they are currently in. If you wish to read up on more cons about hiring John Dorsey, here is a link which is extremely useful in learning about his Browns tenure.