The Morning Fix: John Dorsey, Free Agency, and True Detective


Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning.  Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough.

Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom today.

Welcome to The Morning Fix.

Today is the final day of the tampering period before free agency starts at 3 p.m. tomorrow. As a result The Morning Fix is full of stories, rumors, and speculation about the next week of the NFL calendar. Things are going to be crazy even if the Chiefs don’t do anything.

The man who will help lead the charge this offseason is John Dorsey, who will be on his second offseason with the team. Rotoworld did a ranking of all of the general managers in the NFL. You’ll be surprised to see where they ranked Dorsey amongst all of the league’s general managers.

"The Chiefs hired Dorsey to be coach Andy Reid’s eyes and ears. He’s turned out to be a pretty good brain. Although Reid has final authority, Dorsey was his partner in crime on several good moves his first year on the job. The oft-mocked acquisition of Alex Smith for the No. 34 overall pick proved to be one of the trades of the year, while a similarly snickered at signing, Donnie Avery, proved slick in its own right. To date, Dorsey and Reid have largely pushed play on a roster that was readymade to win. There hasn’t been a signature signing, and the duo’s first draft class appeared highly ordinary in 2013. No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher looked lost. Awakening the Chiefs’ beast within was no small feat, however, and even if Dorsey is only a co-pilot, he’s looking like he could take over the plane if need be."

Terez A. Paylor has two pieces from the weekend breaking down the Chiefs’ free agent situation. The first one you are going to read is a snippet from things Dorsey said about the Chiefs’ pending free agents.

"Safety Husain Abdullah: “Love him. I love the soul, I love how he plays the game, he plays it with his eyes. I have a lot of respect for him.”"

This one is about some of the players Paylor thinks the Chiefs could target early in free agency.

"Veteran Brandon Flowers dealt with injuries all season, and if he bounces back, you could certainly do worse than a Flowers-Sean Smith combo. But the Chiefs should seek insurance in case Marcus Cooper isn’t the answer as the third corner, and Seattle’s Walter Thurmond III could fit the bill. He is a solid cover corner with long arms who could come at a decent price because of a four-game suspension last season."

Bill Robbins of Bleacher Report thinks the Chiefs should go after Darren Sproles

Sproles also seems to be a good fit in the West Coast offense KC runs under Andy Reid, as one of Sproles’ specialties is catching short, quick passes either out of the backfield or while running a route as a wideout. If signed, the ex-Kansas State Wildcat would take over soon-to-be free agent Dexter McCluster‘s role as a situational running back and a backup receiver.

…While Laddie thinks the Chiefs should consider “going old school.

"If the Chiefs were to buy into the idea that they could blend some older crafty veterans with plenty of gas in the tank… with their young and still emerging group of stars… a championship could be just around the corner. Plus, they may be taking a journey down a path which requires following a newly mapped out course to the top of the league."

Two non-Chiefs things…

– Tony Kornheiser can change your life (for 14 years, anyway).

– The finale of “True Detective” was so anticipated the HBO Go servers crashed. Whoops.