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.
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.
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.”
The Kansas City Chiefs announced their schedule for training camp on Friday, a slate of workouts that begin on July 28 in St. Joseph, Mo. The camp will be back at Missouri Western State University this year. Most sessions will be open to the public and admission most days is free of charge.
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.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Joe Delaney died in 1983 trying to save three drowning children despite the fact he couldn’t swim. His is a name that shouldn’t be forgotten, and Mark and Kelly Neath of Shawnee took that to heart by naming their daughter Delaney in hopes of both perpetuating his name and instilling such values in her.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt explained the dismissal of general manager John Dorsey with an email to season-ticket holders. After the Chiefs announced Thursday that they and Dorsey had agreed to part ways, Hunt wrote he “felt it was best to make a change.”
Former Kansas City Chiefs broadcaster Bill Grigsby, who died in 2011, was honored with a statue in Parkville on Thursday and toasted by some former Chiefs, who were as surprised as anybody by the firing of general manager John Dorsey earlier in the day.
Former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that a groin injury he suffered last season was much worse than previously reported. Maclin said he had a torn groin during the 2016 season.
Former Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Ryan O’Callaghan revealed he was gay and considered suicide because he feared people wouldn’t accept his sexual orientation. O’Callaghan turned the corner after speaking to UMKC Vice Chancellor Susan Wilson and then-Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and told his story to OutSports.com