Starter Pack: Former Packers scout honored

A roundup of what's happening on the Green Bay Packers' beat.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In his first season as the Kanas City Chiefs general manager, former Packers personnel man John Dorsey was named the NFL's executive of the year by the Pro Football Writers of America.

Dorsey, 53, was hired a year ago to help revitalize the Chiefs, who were coming off a 2-14 season, and to work with newly-hired coach Andy Reid on the personnel end of things. The Chiefs went 11-5 and made the playoffs this past season. Dorsey ran the Chiefs' draft and helped engineer the trade that brought quarterback Alex Smith over from the 49ers.

He spent more than 20 years with the Packers and was director of football operations, one of the top positions under general manager Ted Thompson, before leaving for the Chiefs.

This past season was Dorsey's first as an NFL general manager.

“I learned that Ted Thompson was right when he told me, 'There are a lot of people who want that job, but when you sit in that seat, you'll realize how hot it is,'” Dorsey said according to the Kansas City Star. “Every day is a new challenge ... but it's not a job. It's what you live and dream for and the ultimate goal is to restore the pride of the Kansas City Chiefs. Allow those fans who so passionately wanted something ... that's what's neat about it. If you can make the fans proud, that's ultimately the bottom line.”

Dorsey isn't the only former Packers' personnel executive in the spotlight this week. John Schneider, who left Green Bay in 2010 to become the Seattle Seahawks general manager, has his team in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

In case you missed it on ESPN.com:

  • Our countdown of the plays that most shaped the Packers' season has reached No. 2. The top play, which should come as no surprise, will be revealed later on Friday.

  • Our analysis of the Packers' roster from top to bottom continued with the players ranked from 21 to 30. It included one rookie and two former first-round draft picks. We will break into the top 20 later on Friday.

Best of the rest:

  • At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde wrote that kicker Mason Crosby said he won't try to repeat his 2013 season, which was his most successful. But rather, he will look at 2014 as another fresh start, just like he did last year.

  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Weston Hodkiewicz wrote that the Packers will have to figure out how much value they place on the fullback position when it comes to deciding whether or not to bring back John Kuhn.