Report: Dorsey decision fueled by concerns over communication, management style

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Typically, the reasons for the firing of a G.M. are clear, either because the team has stunk or the organization has clumsily leaked the reasons in advance of the move. In Kansas City, it’s still not clear why the General Manager of a team that has made it to the playoffs three times in four years was dumped on the same day the head coach was extended.

According to Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star, concerns about communication and management styles contributed at least in part to the seemingly abrupt decision to part ways with G.M. John Dorsey.

John does stuff and doesn’t tell people why,” an unnamed source told Paylor regarding the decision to move on from a pair of executives, Trip MacCracken and Will Lewis, without much internal explanation. Another unnamed source told Paylor that Dorsey’s management style “could wear on people.”

“He’s not a big disciplinarian or big on chain of command, so people did what they wanted,” an unnamed source told Paylor.

“It’s more about his management skills,” another unnamed source told Paylor.

It’s unclear what was done to remedy the situation before taking the drastic step of firing a G.M. who had been getting the job done, or whether Dorsey had been put on notice of his deficiencies before termination became the right move for the Chiefs. The circumstances invite speculation that coach Andy Reid, who received an extension on the same day Dorsey got a pink slip, at a minimum approved of the move and at maximum wanted it. It’s also possible, however, that owner Clark Hunt simultaneously evaluated both men and decided that one should get extra additional years with the team and the other should get none.

Regardless, the termination happened so swiftly and surprisingly to people outside and inside the organization that it’s easy to wonder whether a man now accused of having a subpar management style was also the victim of substandard management practices.

20 responses to “Report: Dorsey decision fueled by concerns over communication, management style

  1. Clark Hunt made the right call. Soon he will announce a new GM that will be much better, and everyone will forget about Dorsey.
    Time to move on, accept Clark’s decision and prepare for a Super Bowl run.
    As an extended member of the Chiefs “family”, that is all I will share on this matter.

  2. It’s a mistake to fire John Dorsey. He wasn’t perfect, but he brought in good players and built a solid roster. I wish Clark hunt had found a way to make thing work. I think Andy Reid had a hand in the firing.

  3. The Chiefs last won a Super Bowl in 1970 (1969 season). Some commentators want to give the Hunt family a blind belief that they made a decision that all fans should support. Are you kidding me? The Jets won the Super Bowl in 1969 and no one believes in Woody Johnson. Until the real reason for firing a highly respected and successful GM is known the fans will be left to either blind faith belief in Andy Reid or speculation about personal interactions neither of which is a satisfactory explanation. This has the distinct odor of a personal dispute – not a managerial style or professional failure. I fear KC will rue this decision and the turmoil that will combine with the surprise drafting of Mahomes (which I believe is the root cause of the dismissal). The Chiefs may have forfeited the 2017 season – and lost much credibility.

  4. As a Raider fan my hope is KC lets the horizontally challenged Andy Reid handle being both HC and GM. It worked out great in Phil when he did it there. What can go wrong??….

  5. Doesn’t seem hard to conceive that it’s not a coincidence that they just made a major trade for a QB, Mahomes that will force Coach Reid to play him sooner rather than later and lose valuable picks for the future.

    If the Coach was against that trade… there’s your smoking gun.

  6. Anytime I see the name Terez Paylor I think they got the first initials backwards and the name is actually Perez Taylor….

  7. Don’t know, I’m not in the organization. Maybe the guy knelt during the anthem? I do know Clark Hunt isn’t a knee jerk reaction type guy and VERY much wants a stable franchise. This isn’t the Browns flipping HC’s and GM’s once or twice a year. My guess is that for whatever reason they knew they either didn’t want him on another extension or he didn’t want it and they decided to cut ties now before a lame duck type year. F/A for the most part is over, draft is over

  8. “He’s not a big disciplinarian or big on chain of command, so people did what they wanted,” an unnamed source told Paylor.

    He might as well be talking about Andy Reid.

  9. ratbastardshanahandjob says:
    Jun 25, 2017 11:09 PM
    As a Raider fan my hope is KC lets the horizontally challenged Andy Reid handle being both HC and GM. It worked out great in Phil when he did it there. What can go

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    Whatever happens, it’ll be enough to stomp the faiders twice a year.

  10. ratbastardshanahandjob says:
    Jun 25, 2017 11:09 PM

    As a Raider fan my hope is KC lets the horizontally challenged Andy Reid handle being both HC and GM. It worked out great in Phil when he did it there. What can go wrong??….
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    Yet Carr has one of the lower YPA with one of the better lines in the league.

  11. If you are going to fire someone in the GM role, this the time of the year to do so. Major moves rarely happen right now, the draft is over, and Andy Reid has final say on the roster.

    Was it smart? I don’t know. But this was the time for it.

  12. Part of being the boss is not ALWAYS having to explain your decisions. You get paid to make decisions, not shop them around the building to get everyone’s ok.

  13. teal379 says:
    Jun 26, 2017 7:29 AM

    Part of being the boss is not ALWAYS having to explain your decisions. You get paid to make decisions, not shop them around the building to get everyone’s ok.

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    perhaps dorsey forgot that the only real boss (regardless of what the organization chart says) was the head coach.

  14. I would love to read an article that doesn’t cite disparaging remarks from an ‘anonymous’ or ‘unnamed’ source.

  15. Eagles fan here. I’ve seen this movie before. It’s Andy. You’ll be fine for 2-3 years…after that, well…let’s just say you’ll be looking for a new HC/GM. (Just don’t hire Chip Kelly and you should be fine)

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