It's nice to finally have a Chiefs fan as the head honcho...or at least part of the honcho...or part of the head--I'm not really sure how that works.
It truly says something about a GM that can step into his position with an unbiased eye and stand back and find the holes in the team and the organization and make sense of a tattered mess. We have had plenty of coaches and GM’s that have come through Kansas City and made a difference to a team that didn’t necessarily mean a whole lot to them outside of coaching it and have had success. But I think that it will be interesting to watch what happens when the person calling the shots has investment past his paycheck—when he understands who we are as a team instead of who we should be.
I think that’s what happened with Scott Pioli. He thought that he could take our mess of a Chiefs team and make it into something it wasn’t…the Patriots. I don’t think that he started with bad intentions—he wanted to make a successful team and what team has been more successful than the New England Patriots in the last ten years? I never cursed him for his intentions—the cursing and banner flying came into play when his "intentions" weren’t’ working and he wasn’t rethinking his decisions or changing things up—when he could see that Matt Cassel wasn’t Tom Brady and refused to admit it I started cursing—a lot. Not every team has a Bill Belichick to operate a robotic system like the Patriots have. Bill Belichick will go down in history as one of the greatest football minds of our time—but his way isn’t the only way that works. We, the Chiefs, have never been like that and our team died under the ruling of Pioli. Now, our lifeless organization is desperately trying to find the right combination that will bring us back to life—and perhaps John Dorsey is our breath.
For starters he is a Chiefs fan. Not someone who just respects the organization, or the Hunt family, or the history, or blah, blah, blah…but an actual living breathing fan of our city and of our team. His wife is a Kansas native, they were set up by a former Chiefs employee, they are KU fans, and she continues to work for a Kansas law firm--his ties to Kansas City run deep and roots make for powerful motivators.
I’m not saying that he didn’t put all he had into his position at Green Bay, because he did—he played for them and worked for their organization for a long time and the Packer’s fans love him—and Green Bay is hardcore football town…just like Kansas City. He will always have a place in his heart for cheese heads. But it’s different to get your "dream job". There is a different kind of fervor that comes with the responsibility that you feel to the fans, to your family, to yourself.
Not that his only credentials are his ties to Kansas City…let’s be honest he did great things with the Packers and he has an eye for talent and an ability to understand the needs of a team overall—his draft picks speak for themselves. I’m excited to have that kind of talent in Kansas City—both on the field and spinning around in the big office chair, but I am just as excited to have someone who genuinely just loves our team. We needed this. Not unbiased eyes but biased passion for our tattered team—someone who sees red just like we do.