"We have a great appreciation for John and all he has done with the Cleveland Browns".
Dorsey did not dispute the importance of the general manager-coach relationship in a statement released by the team.
Though Dorsey and the Browns ownership may have butted heads, he would be an intriguing addition to the Colts front office. With Dorsey calling the shots, the Browns went from 0-16 in 2017 to 7-8-1 in 2018.
He said National Football League head coaching experience is not a prerequisite, but that it is a plus as in the case of McCarthy, one of two candidates in the first wave who have head coaching experience.
He was responsible for the drafting of Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward and Nick Chubb.
Dorsey had successfully revamped the Browns during his two seasons, but his hiring of Kitchens a year ago backfired as the Browns won one fewer game in 2019 and fell way short of expectations while missing the playoffs for the 17th straight season - the NFL's longest current drought.
"Hopefully we'll learn from our past mistakes and do a much better job", Haslam said. He has also pulled off several trades and made multiple draft picks which have yet to pan out.
Here is a seven-step plan to fix the Browns after a tumultuous 2019 season that started with such high standards.
Now, they are in the midst of their head coaching search with former Packer head coach Mike McCarthy interviewing on Thursday.
The Browns now embark on a search for a new head coach and a new general manager who will both face the daunting task of turning around a perpetually underachieving franchise. "I have a great appreciation for the men and women I have worked with since being in Cleveland and my family has the same love and appreciation for this community and are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this journey".
"As we conveyed on Sunday and our players reiterated yesterday, bringing in a strong leader with our head coach is our priority", the Haslams said.
For the Browns, they are now looking for their 10th general manager since 1999.
"They want leadership", Haslam said. "We fully appreciate, understand and empathize with our fans as we work towards our ultimate goal of building a championship-level football team".