John Dorsey has a plan. I don’t quite know what it is, but that’s okay. I don’t think I’m supposed to know. That would kind of defeat the purpose. But rest assured, there is a plan. After hearing his answers to the rapid-fire questions from the Kansas City media today, my faith in the Chiefs general manager is renewed in full.
First, the biggest question of the day was regarding the debacle that was the deal – or maybe there wasn’t a deal – with now-Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. After Sanders’ agent, Steve Weinberg, released a statement this morning essentially saying that there never was an “agreement of terms” verbal or otherwise with the Chiefs, I think many people expected Dorsey to rebut the statement.
Was there a deal? Ever the professional, Dorsey only gave his point of view.
“I don’t know about all of that. During the free agency stuff, anything can happen. You know what, I was interested in a player and at the end of the day the player and agent decided to go to Denver. I’m one of those guys, it’s kind of like the Vance Walker deal, that deal was put to bed and you don’t look in the rearview mirror. We have to move forward and build this organization. That’s kind of where we are with this, and I’m moving forward to the next project.”
While he was on the professional kick, he also was very cryptic and non-committal about pending extension deals with linebacker Justin Houston and quarterback Alex Smith.
“That’s an ongoing process as we speak and we’ve had communication with his representatives. That’s kind of where we are.”
While most Chiefs fans have been down on Dorsey thus far this off season – which is really only one week old, by the way – for his lack of moves, the second year GM has brought it some players. Dorsey seemed to be very high on all of those player, especially Joe Mays, Vance Walker and Weston Dressler.
Of Mays, Dorsey had nothing but good things to say.
“The one thing that you guys will love about Joe Mays is that he is a real football player. He’s mature. He’s a very good communicator. He’ll be able to play equally the run and the pass to a certain degree. I think when it’s all said and done you guys will like Joe Mays.”
While many thought that new defensive lineman Vance Walker was ready to…walk – that was too easy – away from a deal with the Chiefs, it turns out Kansas City is exactly where Walker wanted to play. Again, Dorsey is very high on what he will bring to the Chiefs in 2014.
“There are some unique features that our defensive linemen use and I felt that some of his strengths actually helped us as a defensive line. He can play the run, he can hold up the point of attack, but what’s nice about him is he gives you a little extra dimension in terms of the inside pass rush stuff that you need in the National Football League today. I’m very excited to have Vance (Walker) and again there’s another person, when we talk about character, that’s a man of high character.”
The final player Dorsey seemed to really be enamored with was potential Dexter McCluster replacement, Weston Dressler, formerly of the Canadian Football League. In fact, that’s exactly how Dorsey referred to him. Before any of the members of the media could ask about Dressler, Dorsey asked us: “You guys haven’t even asked about my guy from the Canadian Football League.”
“He’s going to be allowed to compete as a slot receiver. He’s going to be allowed to compete on special teams. What he’ll do is once the coaches get a good feel for him and they get comfortable with him, then he’ll determine and distinguish his role within this team.”
As free agency continues to press on, Dorsey will continue doing what he’s doing. Apparently, it’s the “Chiefs way,” according to the man himself. When quizzed about signing players through free agency or the draft, he only had this to say:
“I’m going to do it the Chiefs way and the Chiefs way, as we said all along, is we’re going to be selective in free agency and we’re going to build a foundation through the draft and that’s kind of how we’re going to do this thing.”
While the Chiefs way is apparently building through the draft, the Denver Broncos way is but every free agent on the market, including those who allegedly already agreed to deals with the Chiefs. But that is not deterring Dorsey from keeping the ship steady. In fact, he doesn’t feel like he’s playing “catch-up” with the Broncos at all.
“Not really. Not really at all. Really it’s just midway through the second week of free agency and there are still a lot of players out there. We’re going to find some players to help us move forward.”
Let’s hope Dorsey is still singing that tune when the Chiefs meet the Broncos for the first time next season. My money is on a Monday Night Football showdown.