While NFL owners continue with annual meetings in Orlando, Florida, business also carries on for the Chiefs personnel team, which is working tirelessly to find the best fits for the 2014 roster.
During his very busy schedule, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey took a few minutes to offer a message to Chiefs fans and to describe his staff's approach in free agency.
1) What’s the message you want to convey to Chiefs fans about free agency?
“Here’s the message, you’re in the first 7-10 days of free agency; there are a lot of good football players to be had. Not everybody that’s taken in the first 10 days are going to pan out. We showed that last year; if you can just be a little bit patient, there are still a lot of good football players there. We have a plan. We’re going to stick to it; we’re going to execute it and we’re going to be very selective in free agency and we’re going to build the foundation of this club through the draft.”
2) One of your scouts, Marvin Allen, said your personnel team is focused on the Kansas City Chiefs, not the rest of the league; what does he mean by that?
“Once you understand an offensive coordinator or a defensive coordinator’s position specifics, that helps you determine success, within that offense and within that defense. Once you know the components of those respective sides of the ball, then you have a clearer understanding of what players it takes to win and achieve at a high level for the Kansas City Chiefs and then therefore, you build your draft board for the Kansas City Chiefs and not the National Football League. We build our draft board for the Kansas City Chiefs.”
3) How do you manage being patient, while you build this franchise, amidst the “win-now” mentality of the NFL?
“This is a very competitive league. There are great challenges that lie ahead every year. There are different sets of questions, different sets of dynamics that have to be addressed, year in and year out, but I think what you do is you have a degree of patience and you hold true to your model; that’s what you have to do in order to achieve long-term stable success.”