ORLANDO, Fla. -- Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey, who worked under Ron Wolf and Ted Thompson in the Green Bay personnel department, views the Packers’ recent signing of free agent Julius Peppers as a good move.
“He’s a good football player, he’s proven to be a good football player,” said Dorsey, who is attending the NFL owners meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes resort. “I applaud everybody within the organization for going out and taking a signing like that because all it can do is enhance your ability to rush the passer.”
Asked whether he was surprised Thompson would go out and sign a 34-year-old free agent like Peppers, Dorsey replied: “Well, you never know what the Silver Fox has in store.”
Thompson, who is affectionately referred to as "the Silver Fox" by some of his colleagues, is not attending the owners meeting this year, according to a team spokesman, because of a personal matter.
Dorsey said he learned some important lessons from Thompson in his years working with him.
“Listen to everybody,” Dorsey cited as the No. 1 lesson he picked up. “I always say Ted in his own unique east Texas way says, ‘There are many people that want to sit in that seat but they don’t realize how hot it gets when you sit in it.’
“You empower the people around you, too. I think that’s important, and make sure that unique link between the personnel and the coaches, make sure everybody’s communicating, because communication is so big so everybody can be on the same page at the end of the day. To me, that’s one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned: patience, listening and communication.”
Dorsey said his relationship with Chiefs coach Andy Reid is solid, similar to the way Thompson gets along with Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
“It’s kind of like Ted and Mike, because philosophically, the head coach and the GM they understand,” Dorsey said. “They come into this thing and they understand what they have to do in order to sustain and build a team. … I believe Andy and I as well have a like mindset in terms of how to build a team.
“Every successful organization I’ve seen when you have the communication between the head coach and general manager day in and day out, everybody hangs their egos at the door and you know what, let’s go to work and just take a run at it because I mean that’s what it’s all about.”