“We all know there is some pressure involved in (selecting No. 1),” Dorsey said on Monday, via the Kansas City Star. “You make the right pick by choosing the best player available. I know of no other philosophy.”
With no Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III-type surefire top-end quarterback in the 2013 draft, many draft experts have debated whether the Chiefs should take the highest rated quarterback — at this point, widely viewed as West Virginia’s Geno Smith — or bypass the position hoping to find value in later rounds.
“I was like, `If this could possibly work out, would we be at peace with this whole thing?” Dorsey said. “Once Trish was at peace with it, and I was at peace with it, that was a good thing. And then we had to make sure Clark Hunt said yes. And my gosh, when he said yes, I looked right at her, and I said, `You would not believe what that phone call just was.”
It was the culmination of more than two decades of work in Green Bay, where Dorsey was instrumental in putting together drafts that helped the Packers win nine division championships, three conference titles and Super Bowls in 1996 and 2010.
At the time of the autopsy, Belcher’s BAC was 0.17, more than twice the limit of 0.08 percent for Missouri drivers, and it was likely higher when he shot girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, 22, at the couple’s Kansas City home.
A police report released previously said Belcher had gone out the night before with a woman he was dating on the side while Perkins attended a concert with her friends.
Dorsey enters his first season as an NFL general manager and his 23rd year as a player personnel member. He is responsible for overseeing all player personnel matters and reports directly to Hunt.
“This is a terrific opportunity for me and my family,” Dorsey said. “The Chiefs are a remarkable franchise with a great fan base, and I’m excited to join the team and community. I want to thank Clark and the entire Hunt family for the chance to help lead this franchise. I’m looking forward to working with Coach Reid to put together a product that Chiefs fans can be proud of for years to come.”
“You have a lot of friends in the business,” Reid said. “But when it comes down to working with somebody, you want somebody who is good at what they do. You have to be able to separate the friendship from that. I respect John for what he does as a personnel director. Clark told me what he was looking for. He had actually done his homework on John and a couple of the other guys. I told him he would fit the things he was looking for.
“There’s been time invested in the 3-4 here,” Reid said. “The 3-4 gives you some flexibility. I’ve run both (defensive systems). I’ve been involved in both so I understand how they were. The 4-3 is good if you have the right coaches in place and the team is invested in it. But this team here is invested in the 3-4, so let’s continue to build it and get better at it.”
The Chiefs have drafted players, including end Tyson Jackson and outside linebacker Justin Houston, specifically with the 3-4 in mind. Linebackers Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali and safety Eric Berry are Pro Bowlers this season in the 3-4 and Houston and cornerback Brandon Flowers are first alternates.