On Saturday evening while the team he helped build was working in the NFC playoffs, John Dorsey was named the new general manager of the Chiefs.
The 52-year old Dorsey is leaving his position as director of football operations for the Green Bay Packers to become the sixth G.M. in Chiefs history.
Dorsey will return to Kansas City and the Chiefs facility on Monday afternoon for an introductory press conference. Dorsey was in the building just this past week for an interview with team chairman Clark Hunt and new head coach Andy Reid. During his time at the team’s offices he made the effort to walk around the building and introduce himself to everyone working there. Some of those same employees are still waiting to meet now-fired G.M. Scott Pioli in a genial one-on-one situation.
As part of the duo that will now run the football side of the Hunt Family franchise, Dorsey will work hand-in-hand with Reid in the most important matters of the game β the players wearing the Chiefs red and gold uniforms.
He arrives with an extensive background in all areas of player personnel, beginning as a college scout after six-year career as an NFL linebacker ended (1984-89). He later advanced to the role of director of college scouting for the Packers and then joined former Green Bay head coach Mike Holmgren with Seattle. With the Seahawks, Dorsey held the title of player personnel director.
The University of Connecticut graduate returned to the Packers in May 2000 and spent the last 13 seasons working on player personnel. He was in charge of the college scouting operations for Green Bay G.M. Ted Thompson and was also involved on the pro personnel side.
Hunt and Reid have both said that Dorsey will have the final say-so on player personnel matters. That may have been a necessary requirement to get him out of his contract with Green Bay. He’ll have to get up and running quickly, since the annual Senior Bowl all-star game for draft eligible players begins next Sunday in Mobile, Alabama.