The Kansas City Chiefs must have figured if the Packers were playing in the NFC playoffs on Saturday night, they were making a wise choice for their next General Manager.
The Kansas City Chiefs told in the first half of the Packers’ game against the 49ers that they had hired longtime Green Bay personnel man John Dorsey to replace Scott Pioli, who was fired after 4 tumultuous years and a 2-14 finish this past season.
Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt did describe his ideal General Manager candidate in an interview earlier in the week: ”First of all, somebody who’s a sharp talent evaluator,” he said. ”I’d like someone who’s been part of a successful program from a talent standpoint, someone who’s a good communicator, a good boss, and last but really not least, someone who will work well with Andy.”
Hunt may as well have been describing Dorsey, a linebacker for the Packers in the 1980s.
Dorsey was instrumental in helping build Green Bay into a perennial contender, first as a college scout from 1991-97 and then as director of school scouting from 1997-98 – a period that roughly coincided with Reid’s time as a Packers assistant coach.
Dorsey spent one season with the Seattle Seahawks before going back to Green Bay Packers, where he was director of college scouting from 2000-12 and director of football operations this season.
During that time, the Packers have won 6 division titles, a conference championship and the 2010 Super Bowl. They’ve also made 9 playoff appearances in the past 12 seasons.
Dorsey helped to select QB Aaron Rodgers with the 24th overall pick in the 2005 draft, and has been a part of a number of other solid draft selections: linebacker Nick Barnett in 2003, wide receiver Greg Jennings and linebacker A.J. Hawk in 2006, wide receiver Jordy Nelson and tight end Jermichael Finley in 2008, and defensive tackle B.J. Raji in 2010.
All that success in the NFL draft should come in handy. The Chiefs, with the league’s worst record, will have the No. One pick for the first time in franchise history. NFL lines
Reid said he’s going to examine the players on the roster, and then consult with the General Manager – whoever it ended up being – on what other options are available.
That may include selecting a quarterback with the 1st pick in the draft.
”You don’t build your team in free agency. That is not how you go about it,” Reid claimed. ”I’ve experienced that. I have seen it first-hand. You are able to afford to bring a guy in here or there, but you better have that nucleus of guys that you kind of raised up, and then what’s important about that is you better make sure you have the right guy. And that’s the general manager’s responsibility. You have to identify the right guy.”
Hunt and Reid both insisted that the coach won’t have final say on personnel decisions, and that the GM will be responsible for building a winning roster.