INDIANAPOLIS – As John Dorsey prepares for his first scouting combine as an NFL general manager, John Schneider recalled one of his favorite memories of his former colleague with the Green Bay Packers.
“At his pro timing day he moved the starting cone up a yard so he could run faster – 39 yards and still ran 4.8,” deadpanned Schneider, who worked in the Packers’ personnel department with Dorsey before being hired as Seattle’s general manager in 2010.
Fortunately for Dorsey, who played linebacker for the Packers from 1984-88, he’s not the one taking tests these days.
Now, the long-time member of the Packers’ front office is tasked with turning around the Kansas City Chiefs, owners of the first-overall pick after a 2-14 campaign.
Dorsey became the most recent of a tree of Packers’ personnel men who have blossomed under general manager Ted Thompson, a unit that includes Schneider and Oakland’s Reggie McKenzie, who’s entering his second season as GM of the Oakland Raiders.
All come from a similar scouting ilk, but each man with his own personality and tendencies.
“He’s the ultimate grinder, like never stops,” said Schneider of Dorsey. “Loves, loves, loves college football, the tradition of it, the pageantry, he loves going to the games. He can’t get enough college football.
“And he’s huge on tradition, so being able to go to Kansas City for him, really hard to leave green bay having played there and everything, but if there were a team to go to with that type of tradition, really excited for him.”
Dorsey started as a college scout (1991-97) in Green Bay before moving to director of scouting (1997-98), director of college scouting (2000-12) and finally being promoted to his most recent position as director of football operations this past year.
Dorsey had history with new Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who was hired after the team fired Romeo Crennel. The two worked together in Green Bay during the late 90s before Reid accepted the Philadelphia Eagles’ head-coaching position in 1999.
“Although we had a short time together in Kansas City, we had several years together in Green Bay,” Reid said. “John’s wife is from Kansas City, so he had a vested interest in the city of Kansas City. It was going to take a place like that where he would leave Green Bay.”
The basis for the three general managers starts with the ideals of Thompson, whose build-through-the-draft approach set the foundation for turning the Packers into perennial contenders over the last four seasons.
“Ted’s a great person, great teacher, great leader,” Schneider said. “Extremely even-keeled. He’s probably taught a lot of us about being even-keeled and humble and move forward every day. He’s a great guy.”