Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

22 Jun 2017

Chiefs Extend Andy Reid, But Part Ways with GM John Dorsey

NFL teams aren't known for making big moves in June, but the 2017 Chiefs continue to make headlines. A few weeks after releasing No. 1 wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, the Chiefs announced a five-year extension for head coach Andy Reid. That move makes plenty of sense given that Reid is one of the league's best coaches, and he has led the Chiefs to four winning records and three postseason appearances since taking the job in 2013.

The surprising part was that Kansas City also has parted ways with general manager John Dorsey, who had been there with Reid since 2013. The Chiefs have built one of the better rosters in the league in that time, so this was pretty unexpected. The search for a new GM should begin immediately, but the thought is that Reid has been pulling the strings anyway.

Perhaps the aggressive trade-up for quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the draft, or even the release of Maclin were things that Dorsey did not see eye-to-eye on with Reid. Speculate what you will, but the Chiefs have made a few oddly-timed, key decisions this month leading into a season where they are expected to be one of the Super Bowl contenders from the AFC.

Kansas City will open the season in New England on Thursday, September 7.

Posted by: Scott Kacsmar on 22 Jun 2017

8 comments, Last at 26 Jun 2017, 9:26am by barf


by billprudden :: Thu, 06/22/2017 - 8:08pm

Man, I'd hate to be Mahomes if Reid didn't want me.

by bubqr :: Fri, 06/23/2017 - 1:36am

I'm thinking more that Reid pushed for it, got what he wanted in Mahomes but Dorsey disagreed with the move but Reid won the power struggle and got Dorsey out of KC.

by Levente from Hungary :: Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:39am

Kremlinology is fun! :-)

by billprudden :: Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:09am

Was it Dorsey who brought in Alex Smith from SF?

by jtr :: Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:10am

>the Chiefs have made a few oddly-timed, key decisions this month

Huh, Andy Reid making oddly timed decisions? Never heard that one before.

by Dave Bernreuther :: Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:48pm

I've never heard a single bad word about Dorsey. This is one of those "mutual decisions" that I actually believe was mutual.

by serutan :: Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:52pm

Article from Will Brinson at CBS, with a link to a Kansas City Star article:

Was wr

by barf :: Mon, 06/26/2017 - 9:26am

The latest rumors are that the way Dorsey handled the Maclin release was not communicated well to either Maclin, or internally within the front office. Apparently, it wasn't an isolated incident either where he didn't communicate with the staff.

As a Chiefs fan, I really like the roster he built, and feel this is going to be a step back for the team. They've lost a bunch of guys from the front office already this year. Hopefully, they can find a good replacement for him.