KANSAS CITY, Mo. - John Dorsey was officially introduced as the Kansas City Chiefs' general manager at a news conference Monday.
He said team owner Clark Hunt's drive to win and the passion and loyalty of Chiefs fans have convinced him the franchise is one of the best in the NFL.
Dorsey said that during a six-hour interview last week for his new position, he told team officials "I consider this franchise one of the crown jewels of the National Football League."
He stuck by that sentiment Monday, saying the general manager position had been his dream job since he met his wife in 1993. Dorsey's wife, Trisha – a University of Kansas graduate – has strong ties to the Kansas City area. In fact, a Kansas City Chiefs staff member is the one who first introduced them.
During the news conference, Hunt lauded Dorsey's abilities as a talent evaluator – a necessary skill to rebuild the Kansas City franchise after the worst season in team history. Dorsey comes to Kansas City from the Green Bay Packers, where he was the director of football operations for the 2012 season. Prior to that position, he was director of college recruiting.
He plans to continue the draft philosophy he first learned while working for the Packers. He said he believes in being selective when it comes to free agency.
Dorsey made a promise to Chiefs fans during the new conference Monday.
"I am going to do everything in my God-given ability that we have as competitive a team in the National Football League as anyone," he said. "It's not a sprint, it's a marathon."
Dorsey said he has already started evaluating personnel and will continue that process with Andy Reid. He was excited to share the opportunity in Kansas City with Reid, whom he first worked with in Philadelphia.
"The relationship between a head coach and general manager is paramount to success in the National Football League today," Dorsey said. "We have to be able to have discussion that is best for the Kansas City Chiefs. With Andy Reid, I know I have that."
Dorsey said Kansas City is lucky to have Reid as a coach.
Hunt said the next steps for the team are the upcoming NFL combines and draft day in April. Dorsey made it clear he would be the person making the final decisions during the draft.