Director of Football Operations John Dorsey has been with the Packers since 1984
With so many teams expected to be cleaning house starting tomorrow, it’s very possible the Packers could be on the verge of losing yet another key member of their front office. John Schneider was hired as Seattle’s general manager in 2010 and Reggie McKenzie was named to the same position by Oakland last January. The next to go could be John Dorsey, Green Bay’s current director of football operations.
Dorsey has turned down opportunities to interview for general manager openings in the past, but at least one longtime NFL scribe thinks he might finally be ready to make the jump. “Dorsey is known for having a good eye for talent, and his college scouting background gives him a strong draft pedigree,” wrote Don Banks of Sports Illustrated. “He’s worked under both Ted Thompson and Ron Wolf in Green Bay, two of the most respected personnel evaluators in recent NFL history, and sources say he’s ready and willing to pursue all general manager opportunities after turning down offers to interview last year.”
If Dorsey is truly ready and willing to pursue all opportunities, this would probably be the time to do it. At the age of 52, his window of opportunity is closing. The trend in the league is to hire young general managers. Guys like Schneider, Atlanta’s Thomas Dimitroff, Houston’s Rick Smith, Indianapolis’ Ryan Grigson, San Francisco’s Trent Baalke and the Giants’ Jerry Reese were all hired in their late 30s and early 40s.
Should Dorsey move on, Eliot Wolf would be in line to replace him. The 30-year-old was promoted to director of pro personnel last May. The son of legendary former Green Bay GM Ron Wolf is considered to be one of the up-and-coming young executives in the league. In fact, he could be viewed as the heir apparent to Thompson, who turns 60 next month. Of course, the very same thing could be said about Dorsey. The difference, however, is that the former has all the time in the world to wait and the latter does not.