Grading Chiefs GM John Dorsey on his First Off Season Part 2

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Jan 22, 2013; Mobile AL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey discusses with his scouts and coaches following the Senior Bowl South Squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

In case you missed my first post, I covered Chiefs general manager John Dorsey’s trades and in-house free agents here on Monday. I recommend you read that post before jumping into this one, as I’ll pick up right where I left off.

As Dorsey maneuvered his way through his first off season as a GM, he figured quickly that he would need to improve the roster through free agent signings and the waiver wire. These two tool would prove to be invaluable to adding depth to the team’s already talented roster.

As with my previous post, I will only cover major contributors to the Chiefs team. Minor role players will not be discussed or graded.

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Tags: Akeem Jordan Anthony Fasano Chase Daniel Donnie Avery Dunta Robinson Geoff Schwartz Husain Abdullah John Dorsey Kansas City Chiefs Marcus Cooper Mike DeVito Quintin Demps Ron Parker Sean McGrath Sean Smith Tyler Bray

  • toperspective

    Did I miss Avery? Agree with the grades but it’s not equally weighted. It’s hard to be too tough on any signing that costs minimum. However, the big signings of Fasano, DeVito, Avery, Robinson, Smith and Daniels would probably grade out at a D+. Overall I think Dorsey did a very good job….just not with the higher profile FA’s.

    • Jason Seibel

      Check now for Avery. I fixed it. Also I would take Devito out of the group above. I think he was good.

  • Chuck Burrell

    Good article. I agree with a lot of your findings; Abdullah, Daniel, Devito, Robinson, Schwartz, Fasano. Though I do believe Schwartz and Abdullah were great pickups, I don’t see how you can have such a little value for what Akeem Jordan meant to this 2013 squad, especially with his low cap number from last year. He was our thumper, and he thumped. He was every bit as important as McGrath, Schwartz, Sean Smith and Devito (who, IMO, along with cooper and Alex, were the best signings of the year). I like the Cooper grade for last year, but like you said we’ve got him locked up for another 3 years for chump change. He’ll probably deserve a higher grade in the future, but we’ll know that for sure in a couple years. I think you have Sean Smith a little underrated, and I’m not sure how you can justify the grades for Ron Parker, McGrath, Bray, or Demps being that high. I like Parker, but I honestly can’t recall more than one play he made all season (granted it was a huge play). McGrath was a nice fill in, but an A?? He won’t play at all next year unless we’re filled with more TE injuries. The difference between he and Schwartz is that Geoff proved he can and should be a starter in this league when he got his chance. McGrath did not. Bray never suited up once. We all hope he can be the man of the future but it’s a little early to give him an A. And lastly, you have completely overrated Demps. Yes, he lead our team in picks but every one of them were gift wrapped for him. The qbs were tossing the ball up to avoid a sack. He’s just as bad as Lewis in the defensive backfield. Heck of a returner…. but not deserving of an A grade.

    • Jason Seibel

      Honestly, the bottom of the roster guys that got higher grades (Parker, McGrath, Demps) was due to the ammount of contribution they provided to the team vs. what they cost. Demps was a huge contributor with a bargain price tag. Same with Cooper and McGrath. They did well despite making “minimum wage.” That was my thinking anyways. I agree, it was tough to grade guys who didn’t play a lot, and I tried to not grade their performance but how good the signing was. Does that makes sense?

      • Chuck Burrell

        Yep, sure does. That’s what I thought you were doing which is why I was surprised to see Akeem Jordan with a C-. He played his role admirably and for an inexpensive price. I get that cooper was exposed, But the fact is he played well enough to start several games for a cheap price. Coops special teams contributions before he was thrown into a starting role were more valuable plays than what Parker and Abdullah had all year. I’m stoked to see what’s to come with him for the next few years. Thanks for the write up

        • Jason Seibel

          Perhaps I shortchanged Jordan a bit with his grade.

  • berttheclock

    Jason, while, I understand your grading system, mine is just a bit different for 2013. I judge it as Eleven Wins, Five Losses officially, but, unofficially and more realistically, it is 12 Wins with 4 four losses. Comparing that with 2012, I give Mr Dorsey and his merry men an A for not only turning this club, but, putting some depth into the team which can be retained to build the team even better in 2014 and for several years thereafter.

  • andy

    Dorsey and Reid are great for this franchise. Pioli only added cheap body’s to fill out the roster.when pioli signed a waiver wire player, we all knew he wasn’t going to contribute. Dorsey actually acquired players we can use. The Cooper pick up was an A++. It was huge in the fact we evaluated a player while we plated against him. It was huge because it gave me confidence that this organization is looking for talent. Talent wise maybe not an A, but picking him up the way we did was an A.

  • Troy Utt

    Jason: Great write up! I believe Demps is a solid “A” when it comes to special teams, but add in his time in the secondary & it’s a B- at best. Maybe a by-product of the “mess that was,” none the less his time back there did not help!
    Abdullah, Devito, & Schwartz grade out pretty well… I actually thought Schwartz should have started last season & have high hopes we get him resigned to take over for Allen! Devito is nothing but a bring your lunch-box, cause I’m gonna be here all day kind of guy. That I can appreciate! He may not be flashy, put up big numbers, etc… But he somehow always seems to be in & around the play.
    Daniels’ contract is rather problematic! I still firmly believe that was it not for that contract Bray would have been named the #2 after his showing in the pre-season! IMO Dorsey’s wrangling to obtain Tyler as an UDFA may well prove to be his finest work, as just as you stated originally slotted being as high as a #2 in the draft he fell out after some imature behaviour… Thank goodness our youth is not still haunting many of us!