Now that we know Scott Pioli is out as the GM of the Kansas City Chiefs, we need to turn our attention to his potential replacement.
Many names have been floated in recent days, including former Cleveland Browns GM Tom Heckert but it appears, according to multiple reports, that the leading candidate is John Dorsey, director of football operations for the Green Bay Packers.
Here is a bit on Dorsey from the Packers’ website:
Has served four tenures in Green Bay: first as a player (1984-89); second as a college scout (1991-1997) and director of college scouting (1997-98); third as director of college scouting (2000-2012); and fourth as the current director – football operations (2012-present).
Brought back to the team as director of college scouting on May 8, 2000, by then-Executive Vice President/General Manager Ron Wolf, the 52-year old Dorsey earlier had been a key component in Green Bay’s personnel operations for nine highly successful years. First hired as a college scout in May 1991 with a focus on linebackers, he was retained by Wolf the following year and, ultimately, was promoted to head up the Packers’ college scouting department on Feb. 27, 1997, succeeding John Math, who retired.
Hired as director of player personnel for the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 26, 1999, as he followed former Packers coach Mike Holmgren to the West Coast, Dorsey resigned that position just over a year later, leaving shortly after the 2000 NFL Draft.
Dorsey has reportedly also interviewed for the GM position with the New York Jets, but most believe he will end up in KC. He has ties to Andy Reid (who still hasn’t officially been announced as head coach) and his wife is partner in a Kansas City-based law firm.
We also got this from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
Again, Green Bay’s John Dorsey well positioned to join KC’s front office. expect other hires beyond him there. need a contract guy, etc.
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 4, 2013
And this, from Adam Caplan:
Unless Dorsey doesn’t interview well or Reid has a change of heart, Dorsey is expected to join Chiefs personnel staff in coming days.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) January 4, 2013
It looks like the pieces are coming together. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Chiefs were having a big meeting with their coaches this morning. This was probably to give them some info on their future now that Reid is expected to take over. There have been reports that Reid was assembling a coaching staff well ahead of his interviews, so it is likely we’ll be hearing about his staff relatively quickly.
Somehow I don’t think offensive coordinator Brian Daboll will return.