Chief Concerns: David Schroeder
Fast forward to now. John Dorsey has wasted no time in fixing the Kansas City Chiefs… doing it one piece at a time… Kind of like Johnny Cash building his dream car… except way faster and the title weighs way less than 60 pounds.
What is maybe most striking about Dorsey is not the way the man is just taking care of business, but the way he’s going about it. Open… Honest… Logical… All terms we had a very hard time using when talking about Scott Pioli and his managerial style.
At this point just thinking about 6 months ago makes me feel like someone after a very, very bad break up. I find myself looking back on that time, now a little bitter, wondering where Pioli is now, and wondering how the hell he was able to move on so quickly, not because he was such a catch, but wondering how anyone else would fall for him that fast. I’m looking at you NFL Network. C’mon man… you’re better than that. I say that because I care.
Well, Kansas City has met a new GM… and right now there’s no denying it. We are smitten… big time. WE ARE IN DEEP SMIT!
So why did we fall so hard for Mr. Dorsey?
Well, let’s look at where he came from. Green Bay. Not really a whole lot different as far as a football culture than Kansas City. I’m not sure if the sentiment was the same there, but he just seems like a guy who gets us, the fans of the Kansas City Chiefs. He understands that Chiefs fans are passionate to an almost rabid degree. And we have a much higher than average football IQ. And we love our team so damn much that a bad weekend for the Chiefs hurts us and often means a bad next week for Chiefs fans. And maybe most importantly, he understands that Chiefs fans are family, and family wants to know what’s going on… family wants to know that problems are getting fixed and not neglected.
And now, Chiefs fans are getting taken care of in a way they aren’t used to.
Since his arrival, Dorsey has been nothing but up front with his plan to improve the Chiefs roster. Though many weren’t quite sure what to expect, the plan is pretty clearly unfolding now, and it’s unfolding quickly. The plan: figure out your weaknesses ASAP, work to address those weaknesses. Identify your free agent talent and resign those players with value and at a good value. Done and done.
Prior to his arrival the Chiefs were on a collision course with the number one pick of the NFL Draft, too many pressing needs, and not really a whole lot of obvious options to fill those needs.
With so many of those needs already addressed well before the draft and even free agency, the Chiefs now have the freedom to identify the “best player available” in the draft, and even free agency, and make moves that make sense.
For the first time in years, the Chiefs can focus not just on filling in those missing pieces but actually add depth to the roster. Good depth. Not coincidentally, good depth is something the Green Bay Packers enjoyed for years due in large part to John Dorsey.
We all remember Scott Pioli and the mantra associated with him of finding “the right 53.” John Dorsey, whether on purpose or not, disagreed and countered that “the right 53” wasn’t good enough, that you need to build that roster to a “talented 43.”
To that I have one thing to say, Kansas City may have just found “the right one…” at GM.