The Kansas City Chiefs and general manager John Dorsey have parted ways, the team announced on Thursday. The news came shortly after coach Andy Reid received a contract extension.
Whether Reid will assume the duties normally assigned to a general manager is not yet known, although a new hire is expected.
Dorsey was the Chiefs’ general manager for the last four seasons. He’s been a personnel man in the NFL for 27 years. Needless to say, this is a big deal.
It’s an especially big deal for the NFL Draft landscape. It’s assumed a new general manager will be calling the shots, potentially with Reid, in next year’s draft, one in which the Chiefs are without a first round pick after dealing it to the Buffalo Bills to move up for QB Patrick Mahomes.
Dorsey’s history of draft success is up for debate. His four first-round picks as Kansas City’s decision-maker have been solid, including tackle Eric Fisher, edge defender Dee Ford, cornerback Marcus Peters and Mahomes.
The now unemployed Dorsey inherited a 2-14 football team that he flipped into a consistent winner. Since 2013, the Chiefs’ worst record was 9-7 (2014); It’s the only year Kansas City didn’t qualify for the playoffs under Dorsey’s watch.
The reason for Dorsey’s departure hasn’t been made entirely clear. Over time, the facts are likely to leak out. For now, the Chiefs are in need of a new general manager capable of maintaining the winning product that Dorsey was so critical in constructing.