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Mellinger Minutes: Chiefs silence, Chiefs instability, Royals’ future, Bubba Starling and more

Why are the Chiefs keeping quiet about parting ways with general manager John Dorsey? What is the most surprising development of the offseason? When will Jorge Soler return to the Royals? What is Bubba Starling’s future? In his weekly Mellinger Minutes, Kansas City Star sports columnist Sam Mellinger answers these questions and more.

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Three early candidates emerge for Chiefs’ GM position

The first known candidate for the Kansas City Chiefs’ now-vacant general manager position is in, and it’s an in-house option in co-director of player personnel Brett Veach, a source confirmed to The Star on Monday. The club has also requested to speak to Seattle’s Scott Fitterer and Tennessee’s Ryan Cowden for the position.

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Sources: Communication, management style were factors in Chiefs’ firing of Dorsey

Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt’s decision to fire general manager John 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 personality could “rub people the wrong way.”

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Despite bizarre nature of Dorsey firing, Chiefs’ GM job seen as ideal across NFL

Nearly a dozen NFL front-office executives, who all spoke to The Kansas City Star on the condition of anonymity and came from a wide range of management — from decision-making, player evaluation and coaching — agreed that despite the bizarre timing of John Dorsey’s firing by Clark Hunt, taking over as KC Chiefs general manager is not only a good job, it might even be an ideal one.

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Chiefs’ firing of GM at this time of year ‘unprecedented,’ could complicate new hire

The NFL-wide surprise over the Kansas City Chiefs’ firing of general manager John Dorsey was not only because of the concept — he helped build a team that went 43-21 the last four years — but because of the timing. Of the last 21 NFL general managers to be fired, Dorsey’s dismissal is the latest to take place in the offseason. “It’s unprecedented,” one NFL front-office member told The Star on Friday. Also, with the league essentially on vacation until training camp, a search for outside hires might be problematic.

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John Dorsey’s successor as Chiefs general manager has big sweatshirt to fill

Whoever succeeds John Dorsey as the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs will have the task of matching a successful tenure. The Chiefs in Dorsey’s four years won 43 games. Only teams that won the Super Bowl — the Patriots, Broncos and Seahawks — have won more games in that time frame. Not everything Dorsey touched was golden. There were more successes than failures, but some salary cap trouble may loom on the horizon.

Sam Mellinger

Sam Mellinger: A working theory on why Chiefs and GM John Dorsey are ‘parting ways’

Firing widely respected general manager John Dorsey is not the Chiefs-iest move imaginable merely because of the bizarre decision and horrific timing: five weeks after letting a top assistant take another GM job, two months after the NFL Draft, and five months after the end of the season. It’s also because of the radio silence about what really happened from Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt and others. But, piecing together conversations with people in and out of the organization, plus some prior knowledge, here is some more background on why Dorsey is out.

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‘It caught everybody off guard:’ Chiefs fire GM John Dorsey, extend coach Andy Reid

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid will remain with the team after receiving a contract extension through the 2021 season but general manager John Dorsey is out effective immediately, the team announced Thursday. Reid and Dorsey were entering the final year of their original five-year contracts. “I felt it was best to make a change,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt wrote in a letter to season-ticket members.

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Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce hits a home run at Big Slick softball game

Kansas City Chiefs Travis Kelce hits a home run at the Big Slick Celebrity softball game at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, June 23, 2017.
John Sleezer The Kansas City Star
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce hits a home run at Big Slick softball game 1:04

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce hits a home run at Big Slick softball game

Joe Delaney's heroism inspires Shawnee family to name daughter after him 2:26

Joe Delaney's heroism inspires Shawnee family to name daughter after him

Nine key moments in the John Dorsey-Andy Reid era for the Chiefs 2:01

Nine key moments in the John Dorsey-Andy Reid era for the Chiefs

Len Dawson on former Chiefs general manager John Dorsey: 'I thought he was doing a good job' 2:48

Len Dawson on former Chiefs general manager John Dorsey: 'I thought he was doing a good job'