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Dorsey in demand: Jets, Chiefs reportedly interested

Jan 03, 2013 -- 11:44pm
 
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John Dorsey, left, has become Ted Thompson's top personnel lieutenant. 
 

GREEN BAY – John Dorsey is a man in demand.

Two national media reports pegged the Green Bay Packers director of football operations as a candidate for vacant general manager jobs, with CBSSports.com’s Jason LaCanfora reporting that Dorsey will interview this weekend for the New York Jets GM job while both La Canfora and ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported that Dorsey is a leading candidate for the GM job in Kansas City, where ex-Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid is expected to be named the Chiefs’ head coach.

Last year, Dorsey turned down the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears, who asked him to interview for their GM jobs.

Dorsey, 52, was promoted to his current role in the Packers’ personnel department by GM Ted Thompson in May after 12 years as the team’s college scouting director. He began his Packers career as a player (1984-’89), then served as a college scout (1991-’97) and then as director of college scouting (1997-’98, 2000-’12). He left the organization in 1999 and spent one year working with Thompson in Seattle for ex-Packers coach Mike Holmgren, serving as the Seahawks’ director of player personnel.

If Dorsey leaves, he’d be the third Thompson aide to get a GM job in the past 36 months. John Schneider was hired as GM of the Seahawks in January 2010, and Reggie McKenzie was tabbed as the Oakland Raiders GM in January 2012. Thompson also lost longtime assistant director of college scouting Shaun Herock after last season, when he left to join McKenzie in Oakland.

When Dorsey was promoted to his current spot, Thompson also made Eliot Wolf the team’s director of pro personnel; promoted Brian Gutekunst, to take over Dorsey's old job as director of college scouting; and named Southwest region scout Alonzo Highsmith to the newly created senior personnel executive position.

Dorsey came up through the ranks with the Packers under Ron Wolf and Thompson, and it’s hard to imagine he’d be thrilled with the arrangement in New York, where owner Woody Johnson has already said that coach Rex Ryan will return next season after the firing of GM Mike Tannenbaum.

The Kansas City job, meanwhile, makes more sense. If the Chiefs do make Reid their coach – and his hiring is reportedly imminent – GM Scot Pioli would be out, and Reid would be looking for someone to run the personnel side. The two men worked together in Green Bay from 1992 through 1998, when Reid left to coach the Eagles.

In addition, Dorsey’s wife, Patricia A. Sexton-Dorsey, is a lawyer in a Kansas City-based law firm, although the couple lives in De Pere with their two children, Jack, 1, and Catherine, 3, and she works from here.

Dorsey’s two grown sons from his first marriage -- Bryant, 25, and Austin, 21 – were major reasons why he opted to stay with the Packers when other teams expressed an interest in him while the boys were in school in the Green Bay area.

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