Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Who Will Be The Chiefs' Next General Manager?

Now that Andy Reid is officially the Chiefs head coach, the team has turned its focus on hiring a new general manager to replace the recently-fired Scott Pioli. So far, three prime candidates have emerged, and the team will likely make a decision relatively soon.

John Dorsey, the director of football operations for the Green Bay Packers, may be the hottest name at the moment. Dorsey has been a part of the Packers’ front office for 21 years, a span in which Green Bay has won two Super Bowls and has perennially been one of the strongest organizations in the NFL. Dorsey has worked under Ron Wolf, the GM who turned the Packers from a laughingstock into a juggernaut in the 90s, and Ted Thompson, the Packers current GM that has assembled a deep and talented roster. The Packers have routinely drafted well and found pro bowl caliber undrafted free agents, two key areas the Chiefs must be effective in while rebuilding.

Dorsey is also a top candidate for the vacant GM position with the New York Jets; however his wife is a University of Kansas grad and an attorney with a law firm based out of Kansas City. Hopefully, this could be enough to sway Dorsey to come to KC if he gets offers from both the Chiefs and the Jets.

Tom Heckert is the other main candidate for the position. Heckert served as Cleveland’s GM for the past two seasons, and did a good job of adding young talent to a struggling franchise. Heckert found himself without a job when Jimmy Haslem bought the team this year and cleaned house, suggesting that Heckert hasn’t been working in the most ideal situation over the past two years. Heckert spent several years in Philadelphia as well, and already has a strong relationship with Reid. His previous experience as a GM and ability to work with Reid make him an attractive candidate.

Tom Gamble is also in the mix, although many think that he is third on the Chiefs’ list behind Dorsey and Heckert. Gamble has worked in scouting and personnel for the Colts, Eagles and 49ers, and has a knack for finding talent in the draft.

The Chiefs have strong candidates for the position, although they will have to compete with the Jets as they are also searching for a new GM.

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