Chiefs’ Draft 2013: Dorsey and Reid Press Conference
By Jason Seibel
Jan 14, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey (left), chairman Clark Hunt (middle) and coach Andy Reid pose for photos during the press conference at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
The 2013 NFL Draft has come and gone and now it appears that the undrafted free agent frenzy that immediately followed the pick of Mr. Irrelevant is winding down as well. Having completed their first drafts as the Kansas City Chiefs, general manager, John Dorsey and head coach, Andy Reid gave a press conference to the media at One Arrowhead Drive.
The main theme of both press conferences were focused on the draft. When asked about how the teams stands, Dorsey had this to say:
"I feel we’ve upgraded our roster at certain positions I feel were weak. We’ve added some depth to them, we’ve added competition. We’ve done that through pro-free agency, we’ve done that through the draft and I think we’ve done that through college free agency."
When asked about the roster and whether or not the Chiefs were ready to go to camp, Dorsey replied:
"We’re about 95 percent there."
Dorsey then touched on the team stature and where it stands.
"This team had a hard year last year. I think the moves we make are to improve and get better. We’re not done yet, by any means."
When asked about the transition from Scott Pioli to John Dorsey, Dorsey gave this answer:
"I don’t have all the answers. I took some things I thought were good, I took some things from those guys so I could make the transition easy for them and easy for me. I met everybody in the middle and we moved forward and this is the end result."
John Dorsey on what he thinks about the 2013 Chiefs draft class:
"I’m very happy with this draft class. I think we got all of the players we targeted. And that’s all you can ask for."
Dorsey had some high words of praise for Nico Johnson.
"I like Nico Johnson. I think he’s played a level and caliber of football. He’s demonstrated a very unique ability against the run. I don’t think the speed of the national football league will make him flinch at all. He’s a perfect fit for us and we’re lucky to have him."
Andy Reid on Nico Johnson:
"I had a chance to speak with [Alabama Head Coach] Nick Saban this morning, before we picked him, and he said he’s one of the tougher guys on his football team. He was one of the leaders on his football team. And we’re talking about a National Championship football team."
In talking about the state of the roster moving forward into camp, Reid had this to say:
"You’re not going to fill whatever you consider every hole with all-star players. I don’t think you need to do that. I think you need guys that are willing."
Overall, I was pretty happy with what the Chiefs leadership had to say about the draft and the state of the roster. They both seemed to make it very clear that they didn’t feel they reached for any players nor did they take anyone they didn’t think held value with where they drafted them. They both seemed to work together well and compliment each other. This was quite the departure from the Pioli/Haley era. It would have never gone down like this.
As the off-season marches on, we’ll see how well the duo of Reid and Dorsey continue to work and bring in players on this roster.
If you want to check out both interviews, they’re posted now on KC Chiefs.com.
What do you think, Addicts? Did Dorsey and Reid win the draft?