Shortly after the Kansas City Chiefs announced the unsurprising news that head coach Andy Reid had received a contract extension, the team announced some legitimately shocking news: general manager John Dorsey and the team are parting ways.
In a statement, Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt revealed that he had informed Dorsey that the team would not extend the GM’s contract past the 2017 season, and the sides decided to part ways. Colts fans are very familiar with the difficulties of a coach/executive entering a lame duck year, and it seems the Chiefs and Dorsey felt that it was best to just part ways now. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, however, it was the Chiefs decision and Dorsey was in fact fired.
Dorsey spent the last four seasons as the GM of the Chiefs and did a very good job of building up the team into one of the best all-around franchises in the AFC, as the team has had a very good defense, a very good special teams unit, and a more than capable offense. Prior to joining the Chiefs, Dorsey spent 13 seasons with the Green Bay Packers - the first 12 of which were as the Director of College Scouting and then in 2012 as the Director of Player Personnel. He was the Director of Player Personnel for the Seattle Seahawks for a year before that, but he got his start in scouting with the Packers, spending the first eight seasons of his career with them after wrapping up a six-year playing career for Green Bay.
Because of his ties to Green Bay (he’s spent 27 years with them combined as a player/scout/executive), he’s long been thought of as a potential replacement for Packers GM Ted Thompson whenever he retires. That’s why Chris Ballard was so key in Kansas City, as Ballard was thought of as the eventual replacement for Dorsey should he ever leave for the Packers. Now, the Chiefs won’t have either of them. I think this speaks to the unexpected nature of the move even for the Chiefs and Dorsey, as they probably would have done all they could to keep Ballard had they known Dorsey wouldn’t be around much longer.
While Dorsey might wind up back with the Packers, it’s also fair to wonder whether he might join Chris Ballard with the Colts, at least for one year (and then, next year, he’d be able to explore GM openings if he wished). Ballard learned a ton from Dorsey and thinks very highly of him, and I’m sure that Ballard would be willing to bring on his former boss to help him in Indy, if in fact that’s something that Dorsey would want to do.
Regardless of where he winds up, this news qualifies as a stunner.