The Kansas City Chiefs reportedly fired general manager John Dorsey in part because of concerns about his management and communication style.
On Sunday, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reported team chairman Clark Hunt fired Dorsey partially because of his lackluster internal communications skills even though the Chiefs sported a 43-21 record over the last four years.
"John does stuff and doesn't tell people why," one source said. Another said Dorsey's style of management "could wear on people."
It was easy to speculate there was something of a power struggle among management after Dorsey was fired Thursday, the same day head coach Andy Reid was given a contract extension. Paylor, however, noted sources insisted the two worked well together, with one saying, "You never got the impression they were sparring."
Paylor reported Dorsey and Reid had different approaches, with Dorsey known as the "looser" one, but he also cited sources within the organization and around the league who expressed their support for the recently fired general manager.
While Dorsey's communication skills were apparently questionable, it's hard to knock the production on the field.
He arrived after Kansas City's disastrous 2-14 season in 2012, and the Chiefs immediately turned things around with an 11-5 campaign in 2013 and three playoff appearances in four seasons.
There is still plenty of talent in place, with wide receiver Tyreek Hill, tight end Travis Kelce, quarterback Alex Smith and a strong defense led by linebackers Derrick Johnson and Dee Ford, cornerback Marcus Peters and safety Eric Berry, but Kansas City will need to find a replacement general manager with the same eye for roster building as Dorsey.