Chiefs introduce John Dorsey as new GM
John Dorsey has a combined 20 years of NFL experience both as a player and NFL executive. He was the Green Bay Packers’ director of football operations for the 2012 season. John Dorsey takes over as Kansas City Chiefs general manager from Scott Pioli, who was fired after four disappointing seasons.
"This is my dream job. It always has been," said John Dorsey at his introductory news conference on Monday. "I've always wanted to, and I've always dreamed of being the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs one day."
"The Chiefs are a remarkable franchise with a great fan base, and I'm excited to join the team and community," continued John Dorsey. "I want to thank (team owner) Clark (Hunt) and the entire Hunt family for the chance to help lead this franchise.”
The 52-year-old John Dorsey was a top candidate for the general manager job considering his old ties with the Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who was hired only 10 days ago. John Dorsey worked as director of scouting with Andy Reid while he was an assistant on the Green Bay Packers’ coaching staff. Although John Dorsey left for Seattle for a year, he returned to the Green Bay Packers and was eventually promoted to director of football operations.
"Andy Reid's resume speaks for itself. I've known Andy for 20 years and I think he's one of the finest men in all of the NFL,” said John Dorsey. “I'm excited to be aligned with him as we work to rebuild this organization."
The Kansas City Chiefs had a tumultuous season, dropping to the worst record in franchise history and facing the murder/suicide incident involving linebacker Jovan Belcher. The Kansas City Chiefs hope to put all that behind as John Dorsey teams up with Andy Reid to build them back to a “proud” franchise.
The Kansas City Chiefs have won the AFC West only twice since 1997, but they’ve failed to win a single playoffs game since 1993.
John Dorsey’ previous job and experience will be crucial in reassessing the roster. Although John Dorsey noted the current roster produced seven Pro Bowlers, the Kansas City Chiefs had entered a rebuilding phase. For the first time in franchise history, the Kansas City Chiefs hold the No.1 pick in April’s draft.
"We're here to win, and we're going to do our job," said John Dorsey. "Please be patient. This is not a sprint. It is a marathon."
One of the top priorities for the Kansas City Chiefs is the need to upgrade at quarterback as Matt Cassel (who is on a six-year, $63 million contract) failed to make an impact and permanently earn back his starting job after being benched in last season. Brady Quinn seemed equally lost staring half of the season, while third-string quarterback Ricky Stanzi never appeared in a single game this season.
John Dorsey looked forward to evaluating personnel with Andy Reid, and has a busy schedule with the upcoming NFL combines and draft day in April. The Kansas City Cheifs have said John Dorsey will hold the final say over draft picks.