- Associated Press - Thursday, January 2, 2014

KANSAS CITY, MO. (AP) - John Dorsey is a man comfortable in his own skin. He may be even more comfortable in a gray Chiefs sweatshirt and a pair of khaki pants.

It seems he has seven of each, those sweatshirts and khakis, one for each day of the week.

Dorsey laughs in a hearty baritone when asked about his ensemble, but comfort is a big deal to him. It’s one of the reasons Dorsey kept turning down overtures when he worked in Green Bay, and also why he ultimately decided to accept the general manager job in Kansas City last January.

It simply fit, loose and relaxed, just like a sweatshirt.

Now, after taking on a franchise in disarray _ one that won just two games a year ago _ and embarking on a massive rebuilding job, Dorsey has helped usher the Chiefs into the playoffs, where they’ll open against AFC South champion Indianapolis on Saturday.

In an interview with The Associated Press this week, Dorsey pulled back the curtain on how the turnaround happened: The decisions to give wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt long-term contracts, luring free agents such as Sean Smith and Donnie Avery, what went into selecting Eric Fisher first overall in the draft, and how he developed depth on the roster.

He also stressed, on several occasions, that the rebuilding isn’t complete. Dorsey envisions a franchise that is always in the playoffs, one hoisting trophies regularly.

“It’s nice that we’re here, but by no means are we content,” Dorsey said at an office inside the practice facility. “We just got an invitation to the playoffs. Now let’s see how far we go. I keep saying there’s patience here. Let us build some stuff and let’s see if we can do this over the long haul. That’s the objective.”

The long-term objective, at least. But there were also short-term goals, such as reaching the playoffs, and it took a busy offseason to make that happen.

Shortly after arriving, Dorsey spent “five or six days” with Andy Reid _ who’d just been hired as the coach _ and his scouting department, going through the roster and identifying needs.

Quarterback was the most glaring one, so Dorsey dialed up 49ers GM Trent Baalke. In relatively short order, the two of them agreed to a trade that would send Alex Smith to the Chiefs for a second-round pick in 2013 and what has turned into another second-round pick in 2014.

Meanwhile, Dorsey was securing talent already on the roster.

He signed Bowe to a $56 million, five-year deal; Colquitt to an $18 million, five-year contract; placed the franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert, worth about $9.3 million for the season; and then reworked an albatross contract of defensive tackle Tyson Jackson.

“And then as we went along in the cycle of free agency,” Dorsey explained, “you began to get some players that filled the characteristics and traits you were looking for in your team.”

Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson upgraded the secondary. Avery helped at wide receiver and Anthony Fasano at tight end. Offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz and linebackers Frank Zombo and Dezman Moses all gave the Chiefs depth that they would rely on throughout this season.

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