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Chiefs Hire John Dorsey To Be New GM (Update)

The Kansas City Chiefs have hired John Dorsey to be their new general manager, er Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.


Dorsey has been rumored to be the #1 candidate for this position for a while now. He was the Director of Football Operations for the Green Bay Packers.

Here is a bit on him from the Packers’ website:

John Dorsey, now in his 22nd year in NFL player personnel, was promoted to director — football operations in May 2012, his fourth tenure in Green Bay. He previously served 12 years as the Packers’ director of college scouting.

An effective player for the Packers during the 1980s, Dorsey oversees the college side of Green Bay’s scouting operations, and also is actively involved in the area of pro personnel.

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.

The Chiefs will introduce Dorsey during a Monday press conference, which is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. CT.

UPDATE: The Chiefs have made it official, via Twitter:

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    Minutes AFTER Denver completes a one-and-done campaign? My head’s gonna explode!!! #winning

    • Patrick Allen

      I know. I made a joke tweet that Denver’s season was worthless and KC’s had value because they got the #1 pick. But when you think about it, it is kind of true. Players get some playoff experience but otherwise you come away with nothing. So might as well get the high draft pick and hope for a one-season turnaround.

      • Chief Hokie

        True, but at least they don’t have to turn around, as much as continue to move forward.

        • Patrick Allen

          Eh I am not so sure. I know we don’t have much to back this up now but I still think the Chiefs have loads of talent and have been sunk by poor coaching/QB play. I think Reid can turn it around quickly. I hope so.

          • ladner morse


          • jimfromkcj

            Well hope is better than despair. but you folks that think the Chief’s have all this talent are going to be disappointed if Reid has to get rid of Chief’s wholesale in order to build a cohesive winning team.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          End of the day, that team is right where Kansas City is now.

      • sidibeke

        It seems petty, and yet I am so happy Den lost. And here’s hoping next year KC makes Manning regret his choice.

        • Brandon Mecham

          Yea it’s pretty bad that Tebow has a better playoff record than Manning in Denver.

          • Erika Groth

            That’s exactly what I thought of

          • sidibeke

            Hadn’t thought of that.

            I live near Den, and funny to hear fans complain about a wasted season. I know I was p.o.’ed when Manning beat KC (with help of the bs PI call on Tony G), but I never thought of that season as a waste. It was a hell of a fun season.

  • Patrick Allen

    Love this hire. This guy has loads of experience and the Packers have drafted pretty dang well. Other than Reid, this could turn out be a really underrated group of coaches and front office folks.

  • Danny W

    Hopefully Dorsey comes in right away and either gets Bowe Albert and Colquitt done or is already talking to Wallace, Jennings, Jake Long, and Shane Lechler. I also wouldn’t mind seeing DRC opposite of Flowers.

    • Daniel Mayfield

      Better keep Colquitt! It would be hard to find a punter like him. Hope he can keep Bowe too. Albert, I’ll miss but not for long.

      • Danny W

        I like Colquitt but Lechler is the better punter.

        • Michael Shaw

          Totally disagree. Colquitt should have been in the Pro Bowl for the last 4 years. He has been an asset to us more than lechler has been to the Faiders.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    This is the best move all off-season. Dorsey, along with Gamble and Ross were the A league of hires.

    • ladner morse


    • jimfromkcj

      Merlin, Why do you think this guy is great when he has not operated at a GM’s level and we have nothing concrete to judge him by. He has never drafted anyone on his own that I have read about. He may have done the same job as Pioli and did some scouting, but never had the responsibility of making the picks with his butt on the line for all mistakes. Heckert has a track record that you can look at and judge whether he has made good decisions for a fair percentage of the time. With him you know what you are going to get and with Dorsey, we are going to be in the same boat as we were with Pioli, hoping for the best.

  • Lyle Graversen


    I feel really good about the Reid/Dorsey combo. Before these offseason changes started I said that I hoped KC went with a big time coach and a GM that was more of a behind the scenes football nerd guy. Looks like I may have got my wish.

  • Doc

    Best news so far this off season!

  • superman_25_58

    I approve of this hire and think we now have a ligetimate shot to hit a lil more often on our draft picks……. Still though I’m not going to get too excited until I see some change in the on field play.

    • Daniel Mayfield

      That’s the best way. Don’t get your hopes up to high until you are completely sure it’s gonna work.

      Don’t wanna have a party about it and then a few days later find out it’s all a waste of time. Or as my grandma said, “don’t get your hopes up to high and then get shot in the foot”

    • jimfromkcj

      I am sure the chief’s are going to be better coached and managed than we have been, but the bar is so low that mediocre would be better than terrible.

      • superman_25_58


  • jimfromkcj

    Well first Clark wants to go the Patriot way and now he is going to go the Eagles way. What will it be next. I will reserve judgment on these hires till we get a chance to see the results, but it seems to me that it is kinda like someone who doesn’t have a clue floundering around hoping to find that hidden acorn.

    • Daniel Mayfield

      Better then the Cleveland Browns way! Keep your chin up. He got rid of Pioli and Crennel, like 99% of the fans wanted

      • jimfromkcj

        What would lead you to believe it is better than the Brown’s way? the Browns won 5 games this last season to our 2 and they already have a possible franchise QB. they also have a genuine franchise LT and a top center and aRT and RB who played very well as rookies. They also have Taylor who most of us wanted the chief’s to draft instead of Baldwin, and a full sized CB in Joe Hayden. So I would be pretty satisfied with the Brown’s way. It remains to be seen how it works out, but I see the main competition for them in their division is the Bengals. The steelers and the Ravens have got a lot of age that they are going to have to deal with.

    • Lyle Graversen

      I guess I don’t see what else Clark could have done. He hired arguably the best coach available (with Cowher/Gruden looking like they won’t coach this year) and a GM that was considered one of the best available and comes from an organization that has built their Super Bowl winning team through the draft with him as the head of college scouting. What could he have done in your eyes to not be “floundering”? As far as the “Eagles way”, I think Green Bay way is probably more accurate since Reid came into the NFL there and that is where Dorsey is from.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Hunt’s as human as every other GM who makes the wrong decision from time-to-time. He admitted he made a mistake when he fired Pioli. He’s gone out and snared two of the most qualified and decorated people he could find to lead his franchise. That’s all anyone can ask for. There are no guarantees in the NFL.

  • Truman Yeary

    I’m thinking Matt Flynn will be the Chiefs next QB. Dorsey scouted him and knows him. They may have a relationship in which Dorsey brings him to KC. Your thoughts?

    • Trent Taylor

      Pioli/Cassel all over again. No thanks.