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Chiefs hope to replace John Dorsey by the start of training camp

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When the Chiefs hired coach Andy Reid and then hired G.M. John Dorsey, many assumed that Reid had the same setup he enjoyed in Philadelphia, where he ran the show. In Kansas City, that wasn’t — and isn’t — the case.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Reid and Dorsey separately reported directly to owner Clark Hunt. According to the source, it was Hunt who made the call based on a full review of the all factors to make the move now.

Of course, that won’t keep people from speculating that Reid found a way to make it known in conjunction with his willingness to sign an extension that he wanted to see a change made. The bang-bang timing of the Reid news and the Dorsey news invites that.

A search will commence immediately for a G.M. who will have the same role and authority that Dorsey possessed, reporting directly to Hunt. Internal and external candidates will be considered, with a loose goal of getting the job filled by the start of training camp.

And while it’s very late on the offseason calendar to be making such an important change (it’s the first June firing of a G.M. in a very long time), the quiet spot between the end of the offseason program and the opening of training camp is really the only time of the year when a G.M. isn’t actively working to make the roster better.

Speculation surely will center on people who have experience working with Reid or for Reid. Whether and to what extent there’s familiarity between Reid and the new G.M. will shape the impression as to whether the G.M. has true independence when it comes to shaping the roster.

One name to watch, as one league source has suggested, is co-directly or player personnel Brett Veach. (If Chris Ballard hadn’t left for the Colts, he likely would have been the leading candidate.) But there surely will be plenty of candidates for the chance to put the finishing touches on a franchise that has been knocking on the door for the last four years.

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5 Responses to “Chiefs hope to replace John Dorsey by the start of training camp”
  1. aarons444 says: Jun 22, 2017 5:57 PM

    I could see a Dorsey-for-Eliot Wolf swap here.

    I’m not convinced the Packers Executive Commitee will be too keen on handing the GM job to a 30-something-year-old (Wolf is 35)

    Dorsey has history with the Packers and may be a more natural fit to replace Ted Thompson whenever he steps away.

  2. uglydingo says: Jun 22, 2017 6:22 PM

    Pretty unusual time in the NFL calendar to undertake a GM search.
    What the hell is going on in KC?

  3. kcflake says: Jun 22, 2017 9:30 PM

    uglydingo says:
    Jun 22, 2017 6:22 PM
    Pretty unusual time in the NFL calendar to undertake a GM search.
    What the hell is going on in KC?

    Yep, very weird. Lots of weird stuff happening. Stuff we usually don’t see happening with the Chiefs. Cutting Maclin, Firing the GM. I hope the Chiefs aren’t sabotaging the 2017 season.

  4. joetoronto says: Jun 23, 2017 6:25 AM

    This team is in disarray.

  5. therealtrenches says: Jun 24, 2017 12:47 PM

    There was a pretty consistent churning of player personnel and FO guys during Reid’s time in Philly. There were also plenty of surprise moves with players, especially those approaching or over 30.

    And through it all, Reid was the one constant, though he never officially held the title of “GM,” and either Lurie, Banner, or Roseman usually stepped up to the mic to explain the moves.

    So if you’re thinking that what’s going on in KC right now is weird and you’re grasping for explanations, look no further than the solidifying of Reid’s status with the team while other pieces around him fall. He’s calling the shots, whether they say he is not.

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