The Chiefs introduced John Dorsey as the sixth general manager in franchise history Monday afternoon at a news conference at their Truman Sports Complex practice facility.
Dorsey, 52, spent last season as the director of football operations for the Green Bay Packers. In fact, he has spent more than half of his life working for the Packers: He was a linebacker and special teams player for Green Bay in the 1980s and returned as a college scout in 1991.
He became their director of college scouting in 1998 and except for one season as Seattle’s personnel director in 1999, has been with the Packers ever since.
Married to a Kansas grad, Dorsey said he has wanted this job for a long time.
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“This is my dream job,” Dorsey said. “Ever since I met my wife in 1993 … I’ve always dreamt about being the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs one day.”
The Chiefs hired Dorsey largely on the strength of the Packers’ drafts. Green Bay has been one of the best teams in the league when it comes to evaluating talent. The Packers have in recent years found many skilled players in the lower rounds of the draft.
“He is widely regarded around the league for his abilities as a talent evaluator,” said Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt.
Dorsey also has a familiarity with new Chiefs coach Andy Reid. Reid, brought to Green Bay by former coach Mike Holmgren, was an assistant coach for the Packers from 1992 through 1998.
Hunt said he called around the league to check into Dorsey’s background, and each person he spoke to praised Dorsey’s talents not just as an evaluator of football skills, but as someone who excels at building consensus in the front office.
Dorsey spoke of his six-hour interview with Hunt, Donovan and others last Tuesday, recalling how, “I said I consider this franchise one of crown jewels of the National Football League.”
Hunt, Dorsey said, then asked why; the new GM answered that the Chiefs have an owner who is willing to win, a passionate fan base, a hard-working support staff and the “deep history” of the organization under its late founder — and Clark’s father — Lamar Hunt.
Dorsey spoke of how his views on team-building closely parallel those of Reid.
“The draft philosophy,” he said, “Andy and I feel the same way. In free agency, turn over every stone you can to find good players.”
He also talked about the role models he had in Green Bay.
“I had the pleasure of working with Ted Thompson and Ron Wolf (in Green Bay),” Dorsey said, “and I always admired the one (thing) they could do, and that’s work alongside the general manager and head coach.”
Dorsey made this promise to Chiefs fans:
“I’m going to do everything within my God-given ability,” he said, “to have as competitive a team as anybody in the NFL.”