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Chiefs tab Packers' Dorsey as new GM

Jan. 12, 2013
 

Another high-ranking member of the Green Bay Packers’ personnel department is getting a shot at running his own ship.

In the middle of the first quarter of Saturday night’s NFC divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Kansas City Chiefs announced they’ve hired Packers director of football operations John Dorsey as their new general manager.

The Chiefs will officially introduce Dorsey during a news conference on Monday at 2 p.m. after interviewing for the post this past week.

Over the last two years, two other disciples of Packers’ general manager Ted Thompson – John Schneider and Reggie McKenzie – have left the team’s front office to take on general manager jobs with the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders, respectively.

Dorsey, 52, played linebacker and special teams for the Packers from 1984-89 before serving four tenures in the team’s personnel department.

He started as a college scout (1991-97) before moving to director of scouting (1997-98), director of college scouting (2000-12) and finally being promoted to his current position this past year.

Dorsey has a history with new Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who was hired after the team fired Romeo Crennel following a 2-14 season. The two worked together in Green Bay during the late 90s before Reid accepted the Philadelphia Eagles’ head-coaching position in 1999.

Kansas City wasn’t the only team interested in Dorsey’s services. Last week, CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora reported Dorsey was interviewing for the New York Jets vacant general manager job.

Earlier on Saturday, Pro Football Talk also reported the Jets are interested in the Packers’ vice president of football administration/player finance Russ Ball, who’s finishing his fifth season in that post.

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