None of this is likely to matter if Ted Thompson doesn’t step aside as the Green Bay Packers’ general manager after this season. However, with Eliot Wolf and others suddenly free to interview for jobs elsewhere, we have been considering Thompson’s eventual replacement. One name we hadn’t considered — Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey.
Dorsey played for the Packers and worked in the personnel department. He was hired by Ron Wolf and then worked under Thompson, serving as both director of college scouting and director of football operations before taking over the head job for the Chiefs in 2013.
Why hadn’t we considered Dorsey?
Obviously because he’s already a general manager and we had assumed he would be under contract in Kansas City for the foreseeable future.
It’s that last part that we were apparently wrong about. Ian Rapoport suggests Dorsey may have an out.
Dorsey… has not yet signed a contract extension, sources said. He’s in the final year of his deal, potentially opening the door to him leaving what he helped build in Kansas City to work at Lambeau Field.
The timing has to be right for everyone here, but the door is open at this moment. In fact, this “coincidence” could be much more than that.
It could be some backroom engineering. Packers president Mark Murphy has repeatedly said he has a plan to replace Thompson. He has never divulged anything about that plan. We had assumed the plan was Eliot Wolf and, in light of recent events, now believe otherwise.
There have been rumors that Thompson will move into an advisory role after this season. And John Dorsey has a new contract sitting in front of him in Kansas City and just hasn’t bothered to sign it yet?
Even if Murphy hasn’t devised this plan with Dorsey, it’s conceivable Dorsey is waiting to see what happens in Green Bay before signing on for more years in Kansas City. But Murphy, Thompson and Dorsey have worked together for years. They don’t communicate?
Hey, maybe it all IS one big giant coincidence. We’ll see.
What we can say is Dorsey has been highly successful in building the Chiefs. I think if we had our choice, most of us would take Seattle’s John Schneider back No. 1, but no one would be disagreeable about Dorsey.