• CHIEFS DROP A BOMBSHELL — It didn’t come as any surprise Thursday when the Kansas City Chiefs announced they were giving head coach Andy Reid a five-year contract extension.
Reid took over as head coach at a time when the Chiefs were perhaps at their lowest point in franchise history.
All he’s done is go 43-21 in four years, which includes three playoff appearances. The Chiefs even won a playoff game two years ago to end a 20-plus-year drought.
But what was surprising Thursday was that Kansas City announced that General Manager John Dorsey was not being retained. This has sent shockwaves throughout the NFL.
Reid and Dorsey were thought to be a match made in heaven given their Green Bay linkage. They reportedly worked closely together on all personnel decisions and there had been no inkling that Chiefs owner Clark Hunt was thinking about making a change.
When it’s broke don’t fix it. All the Chiefs have done in their last 26 games is go 22-4, a record that not even the New England Patriots can approach. The only problem in the Reid-Dorsey regime has been their inability to get to the Super Bowl or even the AFC Championship game.
General managers generally aren’t in the news unless a team is going bad. But given how the Chiefs have performed the last two years, this is shocking.
Perhaps the Chiefs having salary cap problems led to Dorsey's departure. Or the way they handled the Jeremy Maclin release, which was sloppy and led to hard feelings from Maclin, who was critical of the organization.
What bothers me is the timing of the decision. Normally when an owner makes a change like this, it's 7-10 days after the season. Not when training camp will be opening soon.
The late Lamar Hunt always handled his business professionally and was very seldom criticized. Maybe his son isn't a chip off the old block.
• JACKSON TO PHOENIX — When KU phenom Josh Jackson didn't choose to work out for the Boston Celtics, that should have been the tipoff.
Jackson was bypassed by the Celtics with the third pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, but did go on the very next pick to Phoenix.
When interviewed after being selected, I got the vibe that Jackson didn't want to play for Boston and he liked the idea of going to Phoenix.
As I have posted earlier, Jackson is not going to be a big scorer. It's his versatility that will make him a solid pro for the next 10 years. He does everything else well and actually enjoys playing defense, a rarity these days.
I don't see a lot of superstars in this class, but a lot of players who will be solid contributors.
• MASON TO SACRAMENTO — There was a lot of talk that KU's Frank Mason might not go until the 50s in the draft.
But Mason is a winner. Maybe that's the reason that Sacramento, which hasn't done much winning for a long time, picked him with the 34th selection. He'll bring that winning edge and some mental toughness to a team that is little more than an NBA afterthought.
Mason, of course, was the National Player of the Year. But he has one big drawback for the NBA -- his height.
But you can't measure the size of his heart. He has spent his career proving everybody wrong. While he won't be able to make his mad-dash drives to the basket like he did in college, he'll find ways to be effective.
• IWUNDU TO ORLANDO — With the pick right before Mason, the Orlando Magic plucked Kansas State's Wesley Iwundu.
This is a great fit for Iwundu. Orlando is among the worst teams in the NBA and there's plenty of opportunity for him to play important minutes.
Iwundu has prototype size for an NBA guard and is a fine defender. I always felt like Kansas State didn't maximize his potential to the fullest, but he could be one of those players who's a better pro than a collegian.