The Chiefs will formally introduce Veach as the general manager in a July 24 news conference. The team starts training camp later that week in St. Joseph.
But instead of this being a moment to move forward in, a weird haze lingers.
The Chiefs continue the “nothing to see here” stance they’ve taken since unceremoniously dumping Dorsey last month in a classic Friday late afternoon news release during what one NFL executive called an “unprecedented” time of year for such a move to be made.
Chiefs owner Clark Hunt has been mum ever since issuing a few mechanical sentiments for that news release, and the team is staying that course:
The news conference for announcing Veach’s hiring is scheduled for … July 24.
“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.”
“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,” Veach said in a statement. “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.”
Veach has begun his fifth season with the Chiefs, having spent his first two years with the team as a pro and college personnel analyst. He started his career in the NFL in Philadelphia, with three seasons as the assistant to Reid and three more as a scout for the Eagles.
This shouldn't come as a surprise. Ever since the Chiefs canned Dorsey, Veach has been regarded as a top candidate. Our Jason La Canfora reported last month that Veach was a strong internal candidate to replace Dorsey.
Veach has worked closely with Chiefs coach Andy Reid in the past. He was Reid's assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2007 to '09 and was a scout for the Eagles from 2010 to '12 before joining the Chiefs in 2013 when Reid took over as head coach.
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“It’s going to feel good for him,” Peters said of Lynch’s homecoming. “It’s going to be a good feeling, It’s going to be a good feeling for Oakland. But when we come here, we’re going to beat the dog (expletive) out of him.”
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