We continue to add names to the Kansas City Chiefs GM search. In addition to internal candidate Brett Veach, several more names have surfaced regarding the Chiefs vacant GM job after they fired John Dorsey last week.
"From a subjective opinion, I wasn't too pleased," Chiefs veteran linebacker Tamba Hali said Monday on Good Morning Football. "I'm really fond of John. Mr. Dorsey, he's done a tremendous job since he's been with the organization so everything that happened the past week really caught a lot of us off guard. But I'm sure the Hunt family knows exactly what they're doing with the re-signing of our coach Andy Reid. I think everything will be fine but Mr. Dorsey will be missed with the Chiefs."
Brett is currently the Chiefs co-director of player personnel, and he has a stellar reputation as a scout’s scout. Sound familiar? It should, Veach has followed a career path that is similar in many ways to John Dorsey.
That replacement will not be current Minnesota Vikings’ assistant to the General Manager George Paton, although the Chiefs were apparently interested in bringing him in for an interview.
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The decision to move on from Dorsey was a shock primarily because of the timing. Teams don’t fire general managers in June. It leaves them with fewer options for replacements. It was also odd that the announcement about Dorsey was made immediately after the team extended the contract of Reid.
Veach is a logical choice to interview for the position, and is largely seen as the top in-house candidate. Veach has a history with Chiefs coach Andy Reid. He started in Philadelphia as an assistant to Reid in 2007, and was promoted to pro and college scout in 2010. Veach followed Reid to Kansas City in 2013 as a pro and college personnel analyst, and was promoted to his current position in 2015 under Dorsey and Chris Ballard, who left this offseason to become the Indianapolis Colts’ GM.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport has reported on what is a growing list of candidates. Here's who we have so far as Clark Hunt attempts to fill the vacancy:
As one media source explains it to PFT, the truth is that, technically, the Chiefs hadn’t directly contacted Riddick, but that the team had contacted his representation. Which allowed Riddick to technically claim that he hadn’t been contacted by the Chiefs.
In collaboration with Trent Kirchner, Fitterer overseas college and professional scouting for the Seahawks. Kirchner focuses on the pros while Fitterer's emphasis is college. They both interviewed for the San Francisco 49ers GM vacancy in January.