The Kansas City Chiefs surprised the football world this past week when they announced the departure of general manager John Dorsey. The two sides had been discussing a contract extension, but talks stalled, and things quickly went south. Initial reports suggested a mutual parting, but it became pretty clear that the Chiefs were the ones making the call.
A departure this late in the offseason suggests an internal candidate could take over. However, the team appears set to move into a broader interview process. The first report we’ve heard came from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. He tweeted Sunday morning that the Chiefs have reached out to ESPN analyst Louis Riddick to set up an interview next week. Riddick tweeted out shortly after that the Chiefs have not contacted him, and there is no interview set up for this week. Riddick has connections to Reid, having worked for the Eagles, but who really knows what’s going on there.
Kansas City radio producer Brandon Kiley offered some guesses as to who might interview for the job. He suggested Scot McCloughan and Tom Gamble could both end up getting interviews. Kiley thinks director of player personnel Brett Veach ends up getting the job, but the Chiefs could expand the search a bit more.
The odd timing of this means we likely won’t see an interim tag on Veach if he gets promoted. At the same time, it’s a far from ideal situation considering Chris Ballard was available to them in-house back in January. It suggests things went south in a hurry between the Chiefs and Dorsey. It’s a very irregular situation.