Report: Issues with Communication and Management Styles Led to Dorsey’s Firing

Behind the scenes, the Chiefs’ front office did not always run smoothly under fired general manager John Dorsey.

Team chairman Clark Hunt’s decision to fire 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 Terez Paylor of the Kansas City 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 management style “could wear on people.”

A message left with Dorsey seeking comment for this story was not immediately returned.

Dorsey’s firing was announced Thursday, the same day Reid received a contract extension. Both men had a year left on their contracts and report separately, but directly to Hunt. That structure will remain when a new GM is hired.

While sources have consistently maintained that Reid and Dorsey worked well together — “You never got the impression they were sparring,” one source told The Star — the two also had different approaches to their jobs.

While Reid has a reputation for being structured and process-oriented, Dorsey was described by those who know both men as looser.

“He goes with the flow,” one source said of Dorsey.

That style didn’t always mesh in situations outside of Dorsey’s undeniable strengths, picking and evaluating players. The other areas Dorsey oversaw were contracts and salary cap management — and the Chiefs have been in cap trouble for a while — in addition to the general, day-to-day management of the team.

“He’s not a big disciplinarian or big on chain of command,” a source said, “so people did what they wanted.”

“It’s more about his management skills,” another source added.

For instance, the typically stable Chiefs also made waves this offseason when Dorsey released director of football administration Trip MacCracken and director of pro scouting Will Lewis. Each man had been with the team for at least four years, and not only were their dismissals surprising, there weren’t many answers to be found, even inside the organization.

“Those decisions were totally John’s,” a source said. “That’s the kind of stuff he does.”

Chiefs to Chat Next Week With ESPN Analyst Louis Riddick About GM Job

The Chiefs already have someone in the running for their GM job, as the team has reached out to ESPN analyst Louis Riddick for a chat next week.

Chiefs Rookie QB Patrick Mahomes II Robbed at Gunpoint in Texas

It was a scary incident for Chiefs rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, as the first-round pick for the Chiefs was robbed on Friday and had his wallet stolen.

Here’s the story from TMZ:

K.C. Chiefs rookie Patrick Mahomes II was robbed at gunpoint in Texas on Friday by a tiny bad guy who stole the QB’s wallet … but don’t worry, cops believe they have the suspect.

The 10th pick in the ’17 NFL Draft told police he and 3 friends were returning to a Smith County home after a baseball game when a car pulled into the driveway next to them and a man demanded their belongings. Mahomes told police he believed the man was carrying a gun.

Mahomes says he and his friends cooperated with the demands and the suspects fled the scene. Cops were able to track down 2 males — 34-year-old Michael Blake Pinkerton and Billy Ray Johnson, 58 — in their vehicle and were taken to jail.

According to jail records, Pinkerton is 5’4″ and 128 pounds.

For comparison, Mahomes is 6’3″, 229.

Cops say Mahomes’ wallet was recovered.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports the incident didn’t appear planned and the suspects had no idea who they were robbing.

Pinkerton was booked on aggravated robbery and held on $50k bond … and Johnson was booked for evidence tampering and drug possession. Cops have not recovered a gun.

Chiefs Exercise Fifth-Year Option on OLB Dee Ford

The Chiefs have exercised outside linebacker Dee Ford’s fifth-year option, general manager John Dorsey revealed Monday, leaving him under contract through the 2018 season, Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.

“That was a no-brainer decision,” Dorsey explained in his annual post-draft teleconference with reporters. “We had known all along we were going to exercise the option … I just wanted to prudently think about it, just wanted to take this morning to assess the situation and how it turned out in the draft.

“I think Dee has a fine future in this organization.”

The new collective bargaining agreement allows teams to add another year to the contracts of first-round draft picks. The period to exercise those options began on Jan. 2.

The Chiefs had until May 3 to exercise the option on Ford, who was taken 23rd overall in 2014. It will cost the Chiefs approximately $8.7 million in 2018, according to salary cap expert Joel Corry.

A Rundown of All the Kansas City Chiefs 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Chiefs 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 1, Pick 10 (No. 10 overall, via trade with the Bills):

Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech: How ‘bout that? As rumor had it all day long, the Chiefs swung for the fences, moving up a whopping 17 spots in Round 1 at the cost of picks 27, 91 and a 2018 first-rounder. But with Cleveland and Arizona lurking at picks 12 and 13, respectively, Kansas City had little choice if it wanted to guarantee itself Mahomes. The gunslinger from Texas Tech lands in a perfect situation, with a QB-friendly coach in Andy Reid, a veteran in Alex Smith to hold down the fort and an opportunity to take over the starting job soon. The rub: The Chiefs paid a huge price for a developmental quarterback, choosing Mahomes over Deshaun Watson. This is the type of move that can make or break a front office. GRADE: B+

Round 2, Pick 27 (No. 59)

Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova: When Kpassagnon was walking through the halls at the combine, fans headed for the NFL Experience at the same building peeled off and just started watching him. At 6′ 7″, 289 pounds, he is a massive, freakish specimen. He’ll probably be a DE in the Chiefs’ 3-4 front; he can slide further outside and add pass rush, as well. Kansas City will have to coach him up, but the baseline is fascinating.? Grade: B+

Round 3, Pick 22 (No. 86)

Karemm Hunt, RB, Toledo: You’ll likely hear a lot about Hunt being “underrated,” but … well, if everyone thinks that, is he really underrated? No matter the label, Hunt is a talented, almost Dalvin Cook-like back who can help on all three downs. The Chiefs traded up for this selection.? Grade: A

Round 4, Pick 33 (No. 139) Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan

Round 5, Pick 40 (No. 183) Ukeme Eligwe, LB, Georgia Southern

Round 6, Pick 35 (No. 218) Leon McQuay III, S, USC

Chiefs Move Up to 10 in NFL Draft; Deal with Bills and Take Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes

It might not be for awhile, but Thursday night the Chiefs pulled off a move that should find them their signal caller of the future, taking QB Pat Mahomes with the 10th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Chiefs drafted Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes on Thursday night after trading up to No. 10 in the NFL Draft. The Chiefs traded their first-round pick (No. 27) and one of their two third-round picks this year (No. 91 overall) and their 2018 first-round pick to the Buffalo Bills.

By trading with the Bills, the Chiefs leaped the quarterback-needy Browns, who eventually traded the No. 12 overall pick to Houston for the No. 25 overall pick and other picks.

It had been 34 years since the Chiefs took a quarterback in the first round: Todd Blackledge in 198

Yes Alex Smith’s job with the Chiefs is safe, for now, but look for Mahomes to quickly push for the backup role, and should Smith have an injury he will likely be ‘next man up’ for the Chiefs.

A Look at the 2017 Chiefs Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out as well as the 2017 Kansas City Chiefs Schedule, and here’s a look at the slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 7 at New England Patriots (Thu) 7:30 PM

Sep. 17 Philadelphia Eagles 12:00 PM

Sep. 24 at Los Angeles Chargers 3:25 PM

Oct. 2 Washington Redskins (Mon) 7:30 PM

Oct. 8 at Houston Texans * 7:30 PM

Oct. 15 Pittsburgh Steelers 3:25 PM

Oct. 19 at Oakland Raiders (Thu) 7:25 PM

Oct. 30 Denver Broncos (Mon) 7:30 PM

Nov. 5 at Dallas Cowboys 3:25 PM

Nov. 12 BYE

Nov. 19 at New York Giants 12:00 PM

Nov. 26 Buffalo Bills 12:00 PM

Dec. 3 at New York Jets 12:00 PM

Dec. 10 Oakland Raiders 12:00 PM

Dec. 16 Los Angeles Chargers (Sat) 7:25 PM

Dec. 24 Miami Dolphins 12:00 PM

Dec. 31 at Denver Broncos 3:25 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: The Chiefs will be looking to make a playoff push, and three of their final four games are at home, with big matchups from the AFC West against the Raiders and Chargers. Win those two as well as the finale against the Broncos and this team should be in great shape.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: The opener against the Pats will be tough to say the least, and then they have a tough slate with three of five on the road from Early October will mid-November – the Texans, Steelers and Cowboys are all in that stretch which will be no easy task.

Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson Feels He’ll Be Fully Recovered From Injury by Training Camp

Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said he was confident he would be ready for full participation when Kansas City begins training camp this summer, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

Johnson’s season ended in December when he tore his Achilles tendon in a game against the Oakland Raiders.

“If I’m not 100 percent, there will be some kind of setback,” Johnson said Monday as the Chiefs began their organized offseason workout program. “The main objective is to come into camp and get my work done and start training my eyes again.

“I’ll be well enough. It’ll probably be 7½ months by the time camp comes around so I’ll be able to do everything.”

Having Johnson, who turns 35 in November, healthy and in their lineup when the season begins has been a goal for the Chiefs. Johnson, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, has been a solid and at times spectacular player for Kansas City for years against both the run and the pass.

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