Chiefs announce Brett Veach as their General Manager

It didn’t take long for the Chiefs to finalize their deal with Brett Veach.

Shortly after a report that the team was close to hiring Veach surfaced on Monday, the team announced that Veach has been hired to succeed John Dorsey as their General Manager. Veach had been the co-director of player personnel.

“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,” Chairman and CEO 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.”

Reports after Dorsey’s dismissal had Titans exec Ryan Cowden and Seahawks exec Scott Fitterer also on the interview list in Kansas City. There was a report that ESPN analyst and former NFL player/exec Louis Riddick was also on the radar and would have satisfied the team’s required Rooney Rule interview, but Riddick said at the time that he had not heard from the Chiefs.

While the Chiefs looked elsewhere, Veach has a long history with coach Andy Reid that made him a favorite to wind up with the job that he officially landed on Monday.

[Photo via Chiefs.com]

22 responses to “Chiefs announce Brett Veach as their General Manager

  1. As a close friend of the organization this is good. I hope he can move this team in the right direction defensively and respect guys before his time (Eric Berry)

  2. I’m a Chiefs fan and this looks like an Andy “yes” man move. This move makes sense from a continuity standpoint, but I’m not sure if Veach is even close to Dorsey from the personnel department standpoint, however.

  3. Veach worked under Reid in Philly. Even though he “reports” directly to Clark Hunt, you can be sure that Reid is really running the whole football operation in KC.

  4. Figured it would be Juan Castillo

    I’ve made this warning before, but the second that Reid started getting control over more than coaching, was the second things started going down hill in Philly

  5. kcflake says:
    Jul 10, 2017 5:29 PM

    Veach had a big hand in drafting Desean Jackson to Philly.
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    That’s not accurate. DJax was a first round talent who slipped to the second round due to character concerns – concerns that were justified. Veach never uncovered a hidden future star – it was Reid who made the decision to draft him. He had a few words about DJax after he was drafted and let him know that he didn’t want DJax’ dad to be a problem.

  6. As a life-long Chiefs fan, I feel pretty confidant when I say that we will probably never know exactly what happened with Dorsey. Nobody saw that coming. The Chiefs are historically tight lipped when it comes to these kind of moves. Especially when Dorsey had such a great run for four years. But when I hear people suggesting that Reid had a hand in Dorsey’s firing, they just have no clue. I will say that if Reid wanted Hunt to retain Dorsey, that could have changed things. But, as I say, we will never know. There are three who do know, and they not saying nothing.

  7. “After a comprehensive search (of the hallways at Arrowhead Stadium), we hired the best guy (Andy Reid told us to hire).” –Chiefs P.R. Executive

  8. mauicat1 says:
    Jul 10, 2017 6:52 PM

    As a life-long Chiefs fan, I feel pretty confidant when I say that we will probably never know exactly what happened with Dorsey. Nobody saw that coming. The Chiefs are historically tight lipped when it comes to these kind of moves. Especially when Dorsey had such a great run for four years. But when I hear people suggesting that Reid had a hand in Dorsey’s firing, they just have no clue.
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    They DO have a clue. The clue comes what happened in Philly. When Reid was extended in Philly, he and his agent pulled a power move and had the team force out the GM Tom Modrak.

  9. charliecharger says:
    Jul 10, 2017 8:52 PM
    Does he have any of those shiny things with lots of diamonds on his ring finger?
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    Just as many as the San Die…errrr….LA Chargers have.

    Sadly the last time Andy hired one of his former interns as the GM, the team won 12 games over the next two years and got them both fired.

    Those who do not remember the past, are condemned to repeat it. That would be you Clark Hunt.

  10. I’ve made this warning before, but the second that Reid started getting control over more than coaching, was the second things started going down hill in Philly
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    Reid was named HC in 1999 and managed to force Tom Modrak out in 2001..

    1999 – 5-11
    2000 – 11-5, Divisional Round
    2001 – 11-5, NFCC Game
    2002 – 12-4, NFCC Game
    2003 – 12-4, NFCC Game
    2004 – 13-3, Super Bowl
    2005 – 6-10, Tom Heckart named GM

    The Eagles greatest success came with Reid at the controls.

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