Chiefs Finally Make It Official: Dorsey Is New G.M.

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 – 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.

19 Responses to “Chiefs Finally Make It Official: Dorsey Is New G.M.”

  • January 12, 2013  - Greg says:

    I’m really impressed with what Clark has accomplished since the season ended. It makes me believe he is more respected in NFL circles than I had previously thought. He got out there quick, was decisive and brought in some of the best people available. Dorsey seems like a great hire and I’m just very excited to see what he and Reid can build.

  • January 13, 2013  - j.t. collins says:

    Just… 2wks…Clark is all over this team. Now the draft…ing of a QB would make my year.

  • January 13, 2013  - Ben Armstrong says:

    It looks like AR wants to stay with the 34 defense. He hired a DC that has experience with it and a GM that has been scouting players for it the last few years. If I was a betting man I say we stick with the 34 defense.

  • January 13, 2013  - R W says:

    By all accounts, Dorsey is an excellent hire and continues to provide relief and distance from the disastrous Pioli years. At one brief moment in time, I thought Pioli was a great hire as well so we’ll have to see how Dorsey does in free agency and the all important upcoming draft.

    Then too, he’ll be jumping into the deep end of the pool on other personnel issues with existing roster veterans. Who’s a leave-in, who’s a leave-out? A full plate for Dorsey to start munching on with no time for celebration of his new job.

    That all said, welcome to the Chiefs! We need a guy like this with this kind of NFL pedigree to begin the turnaround and get the Chiefs back to mattering again.

  • January 13, 2013  - Niblick says:

    Yesterday was a great day for me. We got our new GM who seems to be highly repected in league circles. Hopefully together they can rebuild this team where it is a consistent winner and perhaps a champonship in the near future. They nned to start by identifying what they plan to do at quarterback-Draft, trade free agency or all of these.

    Also the ‘Donkeys’ lost. I was almost as happy if the Chiefs had beat them in the playoffs. I don’t care now who gets to the Super Bowl. It won’t be the Broncos.

  • January 13, 2013  - ChuckXX says:

    Iam extremely happy about this particular hire. Dorsey has a “ton of experience” at a “WINNING FRANCHISE” and can say he has been doing it for “many years”. This is what I was hoping for. The only real reservations I still continue to have is at “OC & DC”. But we’ll just have to wait and see how those guys pan out. But all in all Iam very happy.

  • January 13, 2013  - jimbo says:

    I hope all Sundays next fall and winter are as good as this one is.
    Go Chiefs.

  • January 13, 2013  - txchief says:

    It was amazing how quickly the season ticket bill arrived after Reid was hired. It is another example of Clark’s great sense of timing this offseason. He’s a smart boy, and he knows he had to make some dramatic changes to get people to pay up. I think he also knows that a substantially better product on the field will be required to keep the money flowing in the future.

    Hiring folks like Reid and Dorsey will go a long way toward that goal. The Chiefs have been hampered by poor coaching and a lack of a coherent long term plan for too many years. I’m encouraged by the the recent moves to bring in individuals who know how to build and sustain a winning franchise.

    The Chiefs wandered aimlessly for nearly two decades after Jack Steadman arrogantly send Hank Stram packing. The Peterson era started off with a bang, but King Carl scapegoated Marty and then became complacent. I think the game passed him by, and he and old Lamar were too comfortable with their old cronies to make any meaningful changes. I’m optimistic about the Reid/Dorsey era. I hope we Chiefs fans don’t get burned again, Pioli-style.

  • January 13, 2013  - el cid says:

    At least with Reid and Dorsey I will not expect a pick on the level of Jackson or a reluctance to address needs thru free agency when necessay.

    The choice of QB will be a interesting one, no matter which way they chose to go.

  • January 13, 2013  - Ernie Barney says:

    Gotta agree with the prior posts. I also heartily agree with niblick. I was pumped after Denver lost and celebrated with a nice bottle of vino! After attending the last game of the season in Mile High and hearing the Denver media loudly exclaim how great the Broncos were and “just give us the Lombardi now” attitude I couldn’t help but celebrate big time!

  • January 13, 2013  - j.t. collins says:

    To me the QB issue well define Reid/Dorsey.Just like Pioli 1st draft… of Jackson.Hit on the QB reguardless if by draft/FA/trade. Well change this teams wins/loses, more than anything else.We have to get this one player right.We got to find the next… Lenny the cool, doggone it (Reid said)

  • January 13, 2013  - cychief24 says:

    I had to chuckle when the Pamphlet with the old motto (together is powerful) arrived Friday. They must have been ready to send it out as soon as Andy was official. Good news is they didn’t raise prices for seats or parking.
    I am thrilled with the Dorsey hire. Great pedigree with Ron Wolf, Holmgren and Ted Thompson.
    I understand why most of the offensive staff is from Philly. Andy’s offense was prolific, defense was the problem after Jim Johnson died.
    The defensive staff is shaping up without Eagle flavor. Makes sense to me.
    I am NOT going to judge Andy and Dorsey on QB right away. Like he said that first pick has to be the right move, you can get into trouble by reaching. I trust our guys now!

  • January 13, 2013  - Randall Webb says:

    Gotta love the ole chicken bone in throat by Peyton manning yesterday. So tired of the media’s constant love affair with manning. How do they like tebow now… One thing that Dorsey showed he could draft with the Packers is the wide receiver position. Boy do we need that especially if Bowe leaves. I would love to see what Bowe could do here with a stud QB. Not sure Dorsey will be willing to part with 14 million a year to find out though. We really need Albert and Colquitt back though.

  • January 13, 2013  - txchief says:

    What Reid and Dorsey do about the QB problem could easily shape the direction of the franchise for the next decade, perhaps even longer. Teams reach for QBs every year, it won’t stop this year. The 2011 draft waqs a particulary heinous example of the phenomenon.

    The simple fact is that the Chiefs’ most urgent need are for a QB and more playmakers on offense. All of the so-called “best” prospects are on defense, and no defensive lineman or linebacker can change the current course of the franchise and produce more scoring.

    The smokescreens of other teams hoping to snag Geno Smith have already begun. The new Jaguars GM has expressed some degree of (false) confidence in Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. I don’t believe it for a second.

    If the Chiefs don’t pull the trigger on the top QB prospect in April, Jacksonville will pounce on him with the second pick guaranteed. The quarterback is the most important player on the field and it is the position that KC is most lacking. Michael Vick, Alex Smith, Matt Flynn or any of the other retreads and backups out there won’t address the Chiefs’ most urgent needs. I say go ahead and reach for a QB with the first pick. The Chiefs simply must do it.

  • January 13, 2013  - cychief24 says:

    txchief- If AR/JD draft Geno Smith it will be because they think he can be coached up to be better than he was at WVU. If they trade down it will mean they believe what he showed at WVU is what he is.
    They may decide they like a Tyler Wilson or someone else they can get later.
    Or they may get a free agent stop gap because the see a QB or 3 in next year’s draft they like.
    Whichever, I do trust them because of their track record.
    As far as drafting a LB not being a difference maker… uh, Derrick Thomas.

  • January 13, 2013  - el cid says:

    What we have to worry about is “how poisohed is the Pioli water” will Albert, Bowe, and others consider returning to the Chiefs or will draft picks be needed to fill the spots their departure causes?

  • January 13, 2013  - kcarrowhead says:

    There may not be sure thing QB’s available in this year draft like Luck or RGIII, but there might be a Russell Wilson. As many as 11 QB’s could be taken in the first four rounds; maybe 3 in round one, around 6 in round two, and perhaps 2 in the fourth round. So there are some talented guys there, who may need some developing. And that’s not even counting Colin Klein. Overall, as many as 20 could be drafted. I think the question for KC is two-fold; it’s if Geno Smith will be the best QB they can get their hands on, and if they believe he can be a quality stater for them. But it’s not if G.Smith is worth the No.1 overall pick. He is if the answer is yes to those two questions. If they don’t think so, they have to find the best among the Tyler Wilson’s, Glennons, L.Jones, etc. And unless they decide to keep Cassel around, they’re going to have to find a veteran type guys as well. Maybe someone like Matt Moore. I heard someone suggest they might go after Josh Freeman in a trade. I’m not sure what I think of that; I guess it would depend on what it would take to get him. Anyway, I like the combo of Reid and Dorsey, and trust they will figure out the best moves for the Chiefs.

  • January 13, 2013  - txchief says:

    Cy, Derrick Thomas was a dominant player, but Steve DeBerg, Dave Krieg, Joe Montana and even Bono and Grbac were light years ahead of what KC has at QB now. Pass rushers are at their most effective when their offense scores some points and controls the clock.

    There are numerous QB needy teams this year (like every year). I’d be a little surprised if Smith, Barkley, Wilson or Glennon make it down to the Chiefs’ pick in the second round.

    I’m not criticizing Reid and Dorsey, just reiterating the obvious: QBs are always over valued. Taking a chance on a guy who completes 71.2% of his attempts for 4205 yards and has a 163.9 QB rating is probably not a huge risk. We shall see what he shows in Indy and his pro day.

  • January 14, 2013  - Tenand6 says:

    This says it all:

    “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.”

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