Brett Veach: If we see a talented player, Andy Reid will find a way to use him

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Some teams scout players to see if they’re a good fit for the system the team runs. Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach doesn’t see it that way.

Veach told Kevin Clark of TheRinger.com that the Chiefs just look for talent, and coach Andy Reid figures that it’s his job to put the talent to use, not the player’s job to fit into the schemes preferred by Reid and his staff.

“What Andy does, when you find a skill set, you don’t have to worry about if he’s a true-this, or a true-that. He will find ways to get creative to put them in great positions,” Veach said. “So guys come in from certain ‘systems.’ You’ll hear, ‘Oh, well, Patrick Mahomes is an Air Raid offense guy. Won’t work in the NFL.’ No, we’ll make it the NFL version of an Air Raid offense. We’ll move Sammy Watkins around, so he’s not just an outside player and can be more of a slot receiver. Mecole Hardman—we’ll find ways for him to get involved in the game with reverses and all these types of things. With Clyde Edwards-Helaire, we’ll do a lot more in the passing game with him. [Reid’s] going to find ways to highlight their skill set. From a GM standpoint, you don’t have to get pigeonholed into wondering if this guy is a good fit for what we do. If we like the guy, and we like the skill set, Coach will figure out a way to highlight it.”

That approach has worked beautifully for the Chiefs, who identified Mahomes as the quarterback they wanted, traded up for him in the draft even though Alex Smith had just gone to the Pro Bowl and taken them to the playoffs, and then filled the roster with talented players surrounding Mahomes. No team has been built better than the Chiefs, who are in their second straight Super Bowl and look poised to stay at or near the top of the NFL for years to come.

16 responses to “Brett Veach: If we see a talented player, Andy Reid will find a way to use him

  1. …and coach Andy Reid figures that it’s his job to put the talent to use, not the player’s job to fit into the schemes preferred by Reid and his staff….

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    How many NFL careers are mediocre or cut short because coaches’ egos have them trying to fit a square peg into a round hole?

    I also want to know what Reid, et al, saw in Mahomes that apparently the rest of the NFL missed.

  2. Reid has never had a problem finding offensive pieces for his scheme.

    It will be interesting to see if they can continue to field a competent defense. If they can, I don’t know how anyone can beat this team.

  3. Not sure I agree with that at least based upon offensive player composition. Chiefs RBs and WRs have largely been of the same type — quick and with speed regardless of size.

  4. The Mecole Hardman pick was genius. Tyreek was possibly getting suspended so they drafted his clone. Then when he didn’t, they had another weapon of mass destruction. Reid did the same with the 2010 Eagles…loaded with speed.

  5. I also want to know what Reid, et al, saw in Mahomes that apparently the rest of the NFL missed.
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    The Favre comparisons were coming out after they made the pick.

    I think teams overall are having a hard time judging the spread/air raid QBs.

    .. but man, Trubisky, over Mahomes AND Watson? How do you live with yourself after making that pick? Time to find another line of work.

  6. If memory serves, Veach was the proponent of Mahomes in college. He sold Reid on him with various highlight reels throughout Mahomes last year in college. I’m with the above poster- what tipped Veach off on Mahomes being more than just a great college QB?

  7. Mahomes is incredibly talented, but amazing what Reid also got out of at most an average QB (McNabb) and a good but not great QB (Alex Smith), so clearly Reid is an amazing coach.

  8. Howie Roseman…. lose the ego and learn how to scout usable talent. Always wanting to be the smartest guy in the room will eventually get you tossed out the room.

  9. matzentrpt says:
    February 3, 2021 at 1:04 pm
    Put Blake Bortles in at QB for KC. See how much of a genius Reid is at that time.

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    Kevin Kolb got a multi million dollar deal out of it with Arizona

  10. Just about 32 GM’s could say the same thing if they had Patrick Mahomes, and we’d all think they were brilliant.

  11. Speed is great but most have hands of stone like TB’s Scotty Miller or Will Fuller or the most famous Ted Ginn Jr. who probably has the record for dropping the most open TD’s passes ever.

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