SBD/January 15, 2013/Franchises

New Chiefs GM Dorsey's Focus To Be On Personnel; Calls Role His "Dream Job"

Dorsey will have final say on the draft, free agency and trades
Chiefs GM John Dorsey yesterday during his introductory press conference called the position his “dream job,” according to Adam Teicher of the K.C. STAR. Dorsey said that he had “turned down employment overtures from other teams in part because he was hoping someday he could work” for Chiefs Chair & CEO Clark Hunt. Teicher writes everything was “tied together” by Dorsey’s relationship with Chiefs coach Andy Reid, as the two worked together with the Packers from ’92-98. Dorsey said, “I’ve always thought it (paramount) for success that the head coach and general manager be on the same page. Collectively, this thing is going to work.” Reid said of Dorsey, “There were times I tried to hire him throughout my career in Philadelphia. It just wasn’t right. He firmly believed (the Chiefs) was his dream job.” Teicher reports Dorsey will have “final say on all roster decisions, including the draft, free agency and trades,” but Reid will have “considerable input.” Dorsey’s focus will be “building and maintaining the roster.” While former GM Scott Pioli was “charged with managing other matters as well, Dorsey won’t be so burdened.” Hunt said, “John is going to be very focused on personnel. It’s what he grew up with the last 20 years with the Green Bay Packers. That’s where his expertise is. ... (Pioli) was managing the head coach and the peripheral things associated with head coaching like the trainer, films, equipment, etc. With Andy on board, John doesn’t have to spend time thinking about those things” (K.C. STAR, 1/15). In K.C., Sam Mellinger notes there is “no public record of Dorsey calling the Chiefs his ‘dream job’ before this week.” But in separate conversations yesterday, both Dorsey’s wife Patricia and Reid said that they have “known Dorsey felt that way for years” (K.C. STAR, 1/15).

SEARCH PARTIES: CBSSPORTS.com’s Jason La Canfora writes of the Jets’ and Browns’ GM vacancies, “I can't imagine the two general manager searches linger much longer.” Most NFL staffs will be “assembling at the Senior Bowl soon enough and you want to have a structure in place with decisions coming up on the roster, contracts, franchise players, etc.” The Jets have “cut a tremendously wide swath, focusing the first portion of their search on candidates with more of a scouting/evaluation background, and then another stage with candidates with more a cap/business side background.” The team “can't hire both," so it will be "interesting to see where they go with this.” The Browns have “identified some candidates and asked for permission to interview them, but don't seem as far along in their search.” The team has “put together several top executives" under CEO Joe Banner, but has yet to fill the GM position. With Banner having “final say, and the coach already put in place by the front office, this won't be a scenario in which the general manager will have as much power as in some others” (CBSSPORTS.com, 1/14).
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