Rocking a vintage 90’s sweater, Kansas City Chiefs general manager, John Dorsey, took to the podium on day two of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. He touched on several issues that are hot topics all across Chiefs Kingdom including the offensive line, wide receivers and Derrick Johnson‘s monster hit on Jamaal Charles in the Pro-Bowl.
A few things that Dorsey had to say really stuck with me, particularly when speaking about last years number one pick Eric Fisher. He was asked if Fisher was currently the Chiefs left tackle,
“No, I think right now he’s our right tackle” The question continued with whether or not that’s the next step for Fisher, “One thing I’m proud about Eric is I think he made great strides as the season went along, you could see a great degree of comfort with him in the second half of the season. And really, that’s a credit to Andy Heck and Eugene Chung. I’ve always said between the first and the second year, that’s when those guys make their greatest stride.”
Dorsey indirectly answered the question in prototypical “coach speak” by passing around credit to coaches and speaking about “strides” that Fisher took. What stood out most to me is how quickly he addressed the fact that Fisher is not their guy at left.
Makes me scratch my head a bit because he was the guy drafted to replace Branden Albert who’s about to be lost to free agency. Lets hope Fisher makes his “greatest stride” in year two as Dorsey explained. Otherwise the Chiefs have a nice expensive, number one overall right tackle for years to come.
Dorsey also touched on receivers A.J. Jenkins and Weston Dressler. Some speculate the Chiefs will be looking to take a new play maker on offense with the 23rd pick. But perhaps the Chiefs have options that are already on the roster when it comes to wide receivers. When asked about A.J. Jenkins, Dorsey said,
“With regards to A.J., I think he made great strides this year. As the season unfolded, he became comfortable with the offensive scheme. Toward the end of the season, he got very comfortable and that’s a credit to the coaching staff. Coach Culley did a marvelous job with that. He did some very nice things in the playoff game and I expect him to have a really nice second season.”
Jenkins actually did show signs of being a solid receiver in the NFL. A play he made in particular came against Denver in Arrowhead on the final drive in which he caught a clutch-third and long pass that kept the drive alive. With a full off-season under his belt, Jenkins could be poised to have a break out year.
Towards the end, Dorsey was asked about the hit that Derrick Johnson laid on his own teammate, Jamaal Charles. Dorsey lightly laughed when saying, “I was mad at him,” he continued, “I’m going ‘D.J., that’s your teammate, you’re not supposed to do that.’ I kind of texted him afterward, too, and said ‘D.J., easy there big boy.’”
Dorsey didn’t really answer much, but there were still these few things to take away. One thing we do know, Dorsey is a man that has a plan and an evaluation process. Both of those things he says a lot. The combine workouts begin Saturday in Indianapolis on NFL Network.