But behind the scenes, the Chiefs’ front office did not always run smoothly under Dorsey. Team chairman Clark Hunt’s decision to fire Dorsey was fueled, in part, by concerns about his internal communication and management styles, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation who spoke to The Star on condition of anonymity.
As one of the sources said while describing how Dorsey had removed two front-office executives without much explanation: “John does stuff and doesn’t tell people why.” Another source said Dorsey’s management style “could wear on people.”
“I think it’s an attractive position,” one NFC coach explained, “and a tough act to follow.”
“It is viewed as a great job,” another NFC executive said. “Very attractive.”
“People will jump at the job,” an AFC executive said. “KC is set up for years to come.”
Well, this is weird. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is pretty reliable and he said that the Kansas City Chiefs were setting up an interview with ESPN’s Louis Riddick for their GM job. He even had a vague time - “next week”.
Apparently not, says Riddick himself.
Of the last 21 NFL general managers to be fired, Dorsey’s dismissal is the latest to take place in the offseason. Not only that, but the entire league essentially shuts down to go on vacation at this point of the calendar year.
“It’s unprecedented,” one NFL front-office member told The Star on Friday.
If so, Dorsey wasn’t aware of it. Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Dorsey was “blindsided” by the Chiefs’ decision to let him go.
"Man, this kid can throw the football," the Chiefs running back said of the team's newest quarterback on NFL Total Access on Friday. "Man, I mean, I ran I think a slant route and I was like, woah. It was crazy. He's got a cannon on him."
Simply put, Kpassagnon is well versed in finding the weight room.
Through rookie minicamp, OTAs and mandatory minicamp, which finished up a couple of weeks ago, Kpassagnon has impressed his position coach.
“He’s coming along,” Chiefs defensive line coach Britt Reid explained. “He’s really smart. He’s extremely coachable, and he picks up things real fast.”
Hartfield has signed a two-year deal with Kansas City. Growing up, he actually was a fan of the Chiefs' AFC West rivals, the Denver Broncos.
"I used to play with the Broncos on Madden when they had John Elway," Hartfield said. "When I was at the (Arizona) Cardinals, we played against Denver in a preseason game. It was an honor."
Another road game for the Eagles, but also a good litmus test. The Chiefs look to return a core of Pro-Bowl defenders such as Eric Berry, Marcus Peters and Justin Houston, and they've even added former Eagle Bennie Logan. Add in Doug Pederson returning to Kansas City to square off against former Eagles coach Andy Reid and you have a perfect storyline. One thing fans and writers alike will be looking at in this game is how Carson Wentz fares against a defense that ranked 7th against the pass last year according to Football Outsiders. Our own Dave Mangels recently previewed this matchup?
The Westside and Georgia product was assigned by the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday to Rookie-level Danville in the Appalachian League. Danville’s season started Friday.
In Kansas City, the Chiefs don't have a plan or if they do, they need a better one. Looking for a GM with training camp looming should never be a part of the script. The week's developments in Oakland and in Kansas City won't necessarily determine the course of the AFC West race in 2017 and for years to come. They will make things more difficult for the Chiefs, who tied with the Raiders at 12-4 last season but won the AFC West title because they swept the two games against Oakland.
Dorsey’s dismissal stunned the league, and while some speculated that a rift had developed between Dorsey and Reid, a more likely reason could be Dorsey’s potential candidacy in Green Bay. Reports surfaced in January that the Packers viewed Dorsey, who spent more than two decades in the team’s scouting department, as an ideal successor to Thompson.