One year and three days after being introduced as the GM of the Kansas City Chiefs, the Pro Football Writers of America have named John Dorsey the Executive of the Year. This decision was a no-brainer, but it’s good to see the PFWA hit the nail on the head.
After a 2012 season where it seemed like everything that could go wrong did, the Chiefs made a nine-game turnaround in 2013 to go 11-5 largely thanks to Dorsey’s efforts. Kansas City turned over more than half of their roster this season, and the changes not only made huge turnarounds in key positions, but also provided tremendous depth, which is a key aspect of the game that is often overlooked.
The best evidence of the Chiefs’ depth was on display in Week 17 when Kansas City rested their starters on the road against the San Diego Chargers, and was one last-second missed field goal away from coming away with a win. The Chargers were playing for their playoff lives while the Chiefs were playing for nothing, and a missed call at the end of the game should have given Kansas City another field goal try.
But it didn’t matter. The Chiefs played a great game, and a lot of the credit should go to Dorsey’s tireless efforts to constantly improve personnel. He even held a ‘second draft’ of sorts after the final cuts in the preseason. With Kansas City first on the waiver wire, Dorsey picked up seven players who had been cut by other teams, including key contributors TE Sean McGrath, CB Marcus Cooper and CB Ron Parker.
Dorsey has played a major role in steering the Chiefs towards the right direction, and Kansas City fans should be very excited about the future. As a man with a relentless work ethic, Dorsey probably won’t spend very much time patting himself on the back for this award, but it’s great to see him get some much-deserved recognition regardless.