The numbers are in for our March 2014 approval polls of KC Chiefs GM John Dorsey, head coach Andy Reid and owner Clark Hunt. Reid and Hunt both had high approval ratings from Arrowhead Pride readers (93 and 92 percent, respectively) but Dorsey's was much lower at 79 percent as we come up on 3,000 votes.
Dorsey's lower rating can't be much of a surprise given the Chiefs little activity in free agency. We can argue about whether or not they made the right moves in free agency but we know fans are always going to want the team to make moves. Thus, the lower ratings for not doing much.
This is the first time that Dorsey has been questioned this strongly, if we're using approval ratings as evidence. Prior to this month, the lowest recorded rating we had for Dorsey came in his very first month on the job, January 2013, when he finished at 88 percent.
Here's what Dorsey told the Chiefs website about his message to fans in free agency:
"Here's the message, you're in the first 7-10 days of free agency; there are a lot of good football players to be had. Not everybody that's taken in the first 10 days are going to pan out. We showed that last year; if you can just be a little bit patient, there are still a lot of good football players there. We have a plan. We're going to stick to it; we're going to execute it and we're going to be very selective in free agency and we're going to build the foundation of this club through the draft."
I can't really argue with fans who are frustrated right now. The Chiefs say they want to draft and develop players, which is a great plan that pretty much everyone agrees with. It's just difficult to hear that and then see multiple draft picks leave via free agency. I get the economics involved, the salary cap and the reasons for their departures ... I'm not arguing that. But that doesn't make it any less frustrating.
The good news is that the core players from the Chiefs 11-win season remain. And there's a reason Andy Reid is paid so well -- because he's a really good coach. Here's to hoping that bears itself in year two as it did year one.