Brett Veach is the Kansas City Chiefs new GM. This is now official as the Chiefs have confirmed several reports out there.
“After a comprehensive search process, I am pleased to announce that we have hired Brett Veach to serve as the next General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs,” Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said in a statement. “Brett has a sharp football mind, a tremendous work ethic and a keen eye for finding talent. Over the last four seasons he’s played a critical role in building our football team. I look forward to working with him to continue to build on the strong foundation we have in place.”
Veach was the top internal candidate and also very young for a GM (39). He started in the league as an Andy Reid guy working under the Eagles head coach a decade ago as an assistant to Reid so this is very much a continuity play. The Chiefs want to keep a good thing going after firing John Dorsey (for whatever reason they fired him).
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Veach has a track record of working with Reid and working in a successful front office like the Chiefs the past four years. Veach was previously with the Eagles as an assistant to Reid and worked his way up the personnel side. He was most recently the Chiefs co-director of player personnel.
Also note that Veach mentioned Dorsey in his statement. I don’t know why I find that interesting but I do.
“My family and I would like to extend our gratitude to Clark and the Hunt family for this incredible opportunity,” Veach said in a statement from the Chiefs. “I am humbled and honored to serve as the General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs. Over the last four seasons I’ve had the privilege to work alongside Andy Reid, John Dorsey and a great group of coaches and personnel staff. Together, we built a strong foundation of players that have helped us sustain success on the field. I’m looking forward to continuing our progress as we head into 2017.”
I like this move because of the continuity aspect. The Chiefs weren’t a downtrodden franchise that needed a total reboot. They needed to keep whatever they were doing before because it was pretty successful. From that standpoint, I like this move.
The Chiefs interviewed a number of other candidates, according to reports. That includes Scott Fitterer from the Seahawks and Ryan Cowden of the Titans as well as ESPN’s Louis Riddick (who denied NFL Network’s report).
Veach’s first move is to get ready for training camp. The Chiefs arrive in St. Joe in two weeks.