The Chiefs shocked the football world yesterday. While Andy Reid earned a five year extension, Kansas City and GM John Dorsey parted ways after four seasons. This came as a big surprise, due to the fact that Dorsey was the major player in moving up to acquire Patrick Mahomes. What is in store for the franchise after this move?
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There are a few reasons that warrant surprise in this decision. Besides the move for Mahomes, Dorsey was heavily involved elsewhere. The Eric Berry extension, which consisted of six years and $78 million, was a big deal for the Chiefs. Also, the Chiefs continue to build well through the draft. Dorsey believed in Marcus Peters, and that paid off big time. The Mahomes pick was bold, but bold moves separate good GMs from great ones. Dorsey did so much for this organization, and he will be missed.
So, where do the Chiefs go from here? Reports suggest that the Chiefs will promote from within. Brett Veach, the co-director of player personnel, is one of those names. The other name floating around is Mike Borgonzi.
Another factor in the decision is Andy Reid. Reid won’t take over as GM, but he is involved in the process to find the new GM.
Overall, there is one tell in this move. The Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes for a reason. They released Jeremy Maclin for a reason. This team is rebuilding for the future. There are players who will need extensions. It won’t be a long rebuild, but enough to warrant some change. Reid isn’t going anywhere, and the new GM comes from within. But, the veterans on this team may be on the chopping block. This team will get younger, and they will center around rookie Patrick Mahomes.
The Chiefs aren’t going anywhere. They are gearing up for a decade of dominance.
— Jake Schyvinck is a Managing Editor for cover32 and covers the Kansas City Chiefs. You can follow him on Twitter here.