Andy Reid and John Dorsey were seemingly a power couple in Kansas City. After they arrived in 2013, they were tasked with fixing a Kansas City Chiefs franchise that had just gone through a 2-14 season in 2012. In four years together, they took the Chiefs to the playoffs three times.
Now in Year 5, Reid stands alone. The Chiefs on Thursday gave Reid a contract extension but parted ways with GM Dorsey.
“I notified John that we would not be extending his contract beyond the 2017 season, and after consideration, we felt it was in his best interests and the best interests of the team to part ways now,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in a release. “This decision, while a difficult one, allows John to pursue other opportunities as we continue our preparations for the upcoming season and the seasons to come.
“My family and I sincerely appreciate John’s work over the last four-and-a-half years, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future.”
Dorsey arrived in Kansas City nine days after Hunt tabbed Reid as coach. Dorsey came to the Chiefs from the Packers where he began his career in the NFL as a linebacker in 1984 before moving to the front office in 1991.
In 1999, Dorsey went to Seattle and served as the team’s director of player personnel for two seasons before returning to the Packers as the team’s director of college scouting. He served in that capacity until 2012 when he was named director of football operations. Dorsey then became GM of the Chiefs on Jan. 13, 2013.
“I want to thank Clark, the Hunt family and the Chiefs fans for the opportunity to be a part of Chiefs Kingdom over the last four seasons,” Dorsey said. “I believe this team is well positioned for the future and I wish Coach Reid, the players and the entire organization all the best.”
Dorsey had some success in the draft as the Chiefs selected Eric Fisher, Travis Kelce, Dee Ford, Marcus Peters, Mitch Morse, Chris Conley and Tyreek Hill. The Chiefs also traded up 17 spots this year to draft quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
But there also have been salary-cap issues and bad contracts. The team’s salary cap expert Trip MacCracken was recently let go, and the team has spent lavishly on Alex Smith, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, among others. Veteran wide receiver Jeremy Maclin also recently was cut by Dorsey via voicemail to primarily clear cap space, though Maclin.
The move may not have set well with Reid, who was especially close to Maclin dating back to their days with the Eagles. Reid, who also served as GM during his time in Philadelphia, began his NFL coaching career with the Packers in 1992 when Dorsey also was on staff.
Hunt didn’t specify who handle the team’s GM duties in the interim, but Reid would seem to be the logical choice. The Chiefs went 12-4 last season and won the AFC West title for the first time since 2010 but lost in the divisional round in the playoffs to Pittsburgh. Still, expectations are high for 2017. Reid is 43-21 as coach of the Chiefs.
“I’d like to thank Clark and the entire Hunt family for the opportunity to continue my coaching career here in Kansas City,” Reid said. “We’ve made quite a bit of progress over the last four seasons, but we are not done yet. We are going to continue to work toward our ultimate goal of winning championships.
“I’ve been blessed by the support of the community, our fans, the Hunt family and the entire Chiefs staff. I’m looking forward to the years ahead as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.”