The Kansas City Chiefs and most of their fans got a double-dose of good news Saturday night as the team hired their new general manager, PLUS got to see their arch-nemesis, the Denver Broncos, gag away a victory in the playoffs to the Baltimore Ravens in a heartbreaking double-overtime loss.
On the local front, the Chiefs hired John Dorsey, the Green Bay Packers director of operations, to become the new general manager. The move was announced at the same time Dorsey’s former employer, the Packers, were being demolished 45-31 by the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs.
Dorsey spent more than 20 years with the Packers, with only a brief interruption from January 1999 through May 2000, when he worked for the Seattle Seahawks and former Packers coach Mike Holmgren. Dorsey will now work with coach Andy Reid, who runs the football operations for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs will introduce Dorsey during a Monday press conference scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. CT.
However, as good as that news was for most Chiefs fans considering the superlative talent Dorsey helped obtain during the last few years for the Pack (Aaron Rodgers, B.J. Raji, Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Clay Matthews, among others), watching the Broncos getting their hearts ripped out with a double-overtime loss to Baltimore, 38-35, was sweet to the KC faithful.
Yeah … after a historically bad 2-14 regular season that was the worst in franchise history, Chiefs fans (and their KC Chiefs Examiner) will allow themselves to be petty and rejoice in watching current Bronco QB, Peyton “I’m Too Good For You, Kansas City” Manning, choke the ballgame away to the Ravens while legendary former Broncos QB and current Executive Vice-President, John Elway, watched helplessly from the owner’s box.
Now, after suffering through months of overzealous joy from Bronco fans that rubbed Manning’s presence in KC’s faces the moment he signed a lucrative free agent contract with Denver last spring, Chiefs fans can point out that Manning couldn’t get the Broncos farther in the playoffs than last year’s starter, Tim Tebow, did. You know, the QB that Elway couldn’t wait to get rid of after last season.
During the loss, not only did Manning make costly turnovers that offset his three touchdown-passing day, but Denver’s vaunted defense fell asleep with 30 seconds left in the game (and a 7-point lead) by letting Baltimore QB Joe Flacco toss a 70-yard, game-tying TD pass that will be remembered by football fans for a long time. Finally, the national media’s god’s gift to coaching, Denver head coach John Fox, made some bizarre and questionable decisions that will have Bronco fans stewing all off-season.
But for Chiefs fans, Saturday was a tiny ray of sunshine in a Hurricane Katrina kind of season, football-wise.
Like this article? If you want your Chiefs news with an Examiner twist delivered to your in-box, click on the SUBSCRIBE button above. Truthfully, I’ll get a nasty e-mail from my editor about the tone of this column and how I shouldn’t do this as a journalist. However, my readers know that this is more like a blog and I’ve been a Chiefs fan for 47 years. Any time the Raiders, Chargers, and especially Broncos, gag in an important game, I’m smiling Besides … just like the pirates in Johnny Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” measured the Pirate Code, sometimes the code of journalism is more like guidelines than rules. Eat it, Elway.
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