Last Sunday night as the Baltimore Ravens were eliminated from the NFL playoffs by the Kansas City Chiefs, news broke that the Cleveland Browns found their new offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey. The former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator brings NFL experience to the Browns.
After winning a National Championship at the University of Miami as quarterback, Dorsey played quarterback for the Cleveland Browns from 2006-2008. Prior to that, he was a 2003 seventh-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers. He finished his playing career in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts in 2010. From there he started coaching.
Dorsey’s first coaching job was at the High School level in 2011. He coached quarterbacks for the Lakewood Ranch Mustangs in Lakewood Ranch Florida. And was the offensive coordinator at Riverview High School in Sarasota Florida. Later that year then Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera gave Ken Dorsey the opportunity to be the quarterback coach for the number one overall draft pick Cam Newton. He was with the Panthers for five seasons.
After a stint with Florida International University, Dorsey became the Buffalo Bills quarterback coach in 2019. He then worked his way up to being the team’s offensive coordinator in 2022. Last November he was fired by the Bills and that brought him back to Cleveland.
In the 2022 season, the Buffalo Bills offense was second in the NFL in points and yards gained. Buffalo started last season with a 5-5 record and Dorsey was relieved of his duties on November 14, 2023. The question Browns fans may have been asking is will it be Dorsey or Stefanski calling the plays on offense in 2024?
I would think that Stefanski will still call the offensive plays during the game. Dorsey’s role will probably be the same as Dorsey’s predecessor Alex Van Pelt. He will collaborate with the offensive staff and put the offensive game plan together and the play call sheet along with probable scripted plays to start the game. This may come to the frustration of some Browns fans who feel Stefanski should give up the play calling on gamedays. Stefanski might do that at some point and time. I just don’t see that happening. The reason is that play calling was not the reason for the coaching staff changes. The reason was to get fresh and new perspectives to game plan on offense. And please don’t misunderstand me, play calling is important. But that is only a part of what we see on game day. Most importantly the changes were made because we need to see success from our franchise quarterback.