SAN FRANCISCO – There was an empty seat with John Dorsey’s name on it upstairs in the Candlestick Park press box Saturday evening, and early on in what would wind up being a 45-31 Green Bay Packers loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the reason for the unoccupied chair became known: Dorsey had been hired as the Kansas City Chiefs new general manager.
The Chiefs announced the hiring of the Packers director of football operations Saturday night, and a team source said Dorsey said his goodbyes to staffers at Lambeau Field before the Packers’ road trip to the West Coast.
Dorsey will be formally introduced at a news conference on Monday at Arrowhead Stadium – a week after the Chiefs introduced Andy Reid as their new head coach.
Dorsey, 52, played for the Packers in the 1980s and started his scouting career with them in 1991 as a college scout. He spent 12 years as the team’s college scouting director before being promoted to his job before this season.
The Packers have now lost three of general manager Ted Thompson’s top lieutenants in three years, as former directors of football operations John Schneider (Seattle) and Reggie McKenzie (Oakland) are also GMs elsewhere now.
Dorsey and Reid replace departed GM Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel, whose team went 2-14 last season and own the No. 1 overall pick in the April NFL Draft.
In addition, the Chiefs have named ex-Packers backup quarterback Doug Pederson as their offensive coordinator.
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