The Kansas City Chiefs made a pair of major personnel moves on Thursday, announcing that they will “part ways immediately” with general manager John Dorsey, who had been with the team since January 2013, but that they are re-signing coach Andy Reid, who arrived the same month.
Many observers around the NFL expressed surprise at Dorsey’s dismissal: Kansas City has gone 43-21 and been to the playoffs three times in the four seasons since he and Reid arrived, and in January the Chiefs saw Chris Ballard, formerly one of Dorsey’s top lieutenants, depart to become general manager of the Indianapolis Colts.
“I notified John that we would not be extending his contract beyond the 2017 season, and after consideration, we felt it was in his best interests and the best interests of the team to part ways now,” Chiefs CEO and Chairman Clark Hunt said in a news release. “This decision, while a difficult one, allows John to pursue other opportunities as we continue our preparations for the upcoming season and the seasons to come.”
Dorsey began his career in the NFL as a linebacker in 1984. He played for the Packers and joined the team’s personnel staff in 1991. He has completed 27 NFL seasons as a personnel member.
Reid has a career regular-season record of 173-114 in 18 seasons as an NFL coach.
“I’d like to thank Clark and the entire Hunt family for the opportunity to continue my coaching career here in Kansas City,” Reid said in a release. “We’ve made quite a bit of progress over the last four seasons, but we are not done yet.”