Chiefs rumors: Kevin Hogan helped get John Dorsey fired?

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 10: Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley
BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 10: Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley /

A new report by Albert Breer at Monday Morning Quarterback says that a few key decisions came into play for firing John Dorsey.

The truth comes out over time, which means we’re likely to continue to hear bits and pieces of the real story behind John Dorsey’s firing from the Kansas City Chiefs as days go by. The latest report comes from Albert Breer of Monday Morning Quarterback, who says that Dorsey made a string of questionable decisions apart from any accountability that likely caused Clark Hunt to make the call that he did.

What’s interesting is what exactly those decisions were. Breer doesn’t mention the crazy contract given to Dwayne Bowe, the release of cornerback KeiVarae Russell just weeks after drafting him or even recent overly large contracts to Derrick Johnson and/or Tamba Hali. There’s also no mention of Jamaal Charles’ release without an offer to restructure or the same with Jeremy Maclin or, for that matter, the recent release of Jaye Howard. Instead, the first name mentioned is… Kevin Hogan?

Some of you might not even remember Hogan who was only a Chief for a few months. He was the fifth round choice of the team in 2016 before being released. He’s now a member of the Cleveland Browns. Breer writes:

"That move stunned scouts and coaches, based on the evaluation and meetings leading up to the draft. Hogan didn’t wind up making the team four months later, and started last season on the Browns’ practice squad."

Breer goes on to note the early (and quite expensive) extensions for Eric Fisher and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif as two other points of note. Certainly these other issues also come into play.

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But let’s get one thing clear: even with Hogan and even Russell as evidence in one corner, the reality is that the scales aren’t even remotely balanced when applying evidence for Dorsey’s incredible eye for talent. It’s an impossible exercise to find a front office who has hit on more choices since Dorsey first arrived in 2013, and if the trend continues through 2017, then Dorsey was fired in the same offseason he also set them up for the next 5 years.

Kevin Hogan didn’t cause Dorsey to be fired. Neither did signing his offensive line to contracts that would keep them together for several years. While pricey, they’re certainly not outrageous and the continuity and chemistry enjoyed should make things easier for the offense moving forward.

What Breer is pointing out, and likely rightfully so, is that Dorsey’s methods and communication style created friction with Clark Hunt. Sometimes personalities just don’t click; no one says a GM and owner have to trade heart lockets or pose for selfies while vacationing together. However, Hunt’s inability to deal with Dorsey’s issues, whatever they were, are depriving the team of one of the best talent evaluators in the NFL.