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Let's Be Clear: Cleveland Browns GM John Dorsey talks expectations, fans and Playhouse Square

Dorsey has rave reviews for Cleveland fans and high expectations for Baker Mayfield.

BEREA, Ohio — You want your local newsmakers to be open and honest with you, right? Let's be clear, then.

"Let's Be Clear" is all about transparency. WKYC has a clear, mobile newsroom that we're taking across the state over the next few weeks to talk to those making headlines in Ohio. Whether you agree with the guest, disagree, or are a fan of them, we know you have questions.

We continued Season 2 Friday from Berea with a trio of interviews with the Cleveland Browns, including General Manager John Dorsey.

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You can re-watch the full interview below:

Just one week removed from the 2019 draft, Dorsey first discussed the current state of the Browns, which he called a marquee NFL team.

"What stage are we at right now? We're at the second year. Last year, we finished third in the AFC North. That's not good enough," Dorsey said.

Following the conclusion of the 2018 season, Dorsey said his staff crafted a plan to fill holes, add veterans and make improvements. That plan included the addition of receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. via trade and a draft class highlighted by corner Greedy Williams.

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"When you have a young quarterback like Baker Mayfield, you want to surround him with some offensive weapons. I think we've accomplished that," Dorsey said. "I think we've helped on the defensive front. I think that will help Myles Garrett, make him a better player, because now you have legitimate four pass rushers, so I'm excited to see how this thing unfolds."

Dorsey has lofty and rightful expectations for Mayfield, whose rookie year launched the Browns from the sting of a winless season to an exciting and hopeful future. 

"I think rookies make exponential strides in their second year," Dorsey explained. "The quarterback system is so hard to master and Baker's the first one in the building everyday. ...He's working diligently trying to improve himself and I would like to see 20% improvement in year two."

Dorsey also revealed his favorite attraction in Cleveland, which comes as no surprise to anyone: FirstEnergy Stadium. But he had rave reviews for another Cleveland landmark, known for performances of a different kind. 

Dorsey said he and his wife spent at evening at Playhouse Square to see Hamilton while the hit show was in town.

"Awesome," Dorsey said. "I'm just saying, those playhouses are as nice as any playhouses I've been in the country."

Dorsey also had rave reviews for the fans in Cleveland. The former linebacker played for the Green Bay Packers for five years before beginning his front office career with the team as a scout in 1991. Cheeseheads are considered some of the NFL's most devout fans, but Dorsey gave the Dawg Pound a higher grade.

"I will say the fan base for the Cleveland Browns are more passionate than Green Bay Packer fans," he said. "That means a lot, but there are a lot of similarities for the Green Bay Packers and the Cleveland Browns because of those iconic years early on. That's why I'm so ecstatic to be here, because this is the Cleveland Browns."

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