Kansas City Chiefs: Replacing Chris Ballard Likely Comes From Within

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Kansas City Chiefs Team President Mark Donovan
Kansas City Chiefs Team President Mark Donovan. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

With Chris Ballard taking the Colts GM job, the Kansas City Chiefs must fill his role in the personnel department. That will likely happen with an internal promotion.

Since the news broke yesterday, Kansas City Chiefs fans have been lamenting the loss of Chris Ballard to the Chiefs. Some of you may not know why that name is important…that’s a good thing. It prevents you from overreacting to the loss of a front office person whose role in the organization is a little exaggerated right now. In fact, I expect the Chiefs will have replaced him before the week is out.

This actually happens all the time. A General Manager position will come available and people “in the know” on Twitter start throwing names out there. Suddenly, fans (who probably never heard of these guys) are instant experts on them. That, in turn, develops a ready made overreaction when the guy on their team is hired away. That is the case with Chris Ballard going to the Colts.

Make no mistake, I am not trying to say that Chris Ballard doesn’t deserve the job he has gotten. Nor do I claim he hasn’t done good, or even great, work for the Chiefs. However, I will say that we shouldn’t start pretending that he was doing everything all by himself. Let’s not forget that John Dorsey has been the GM since 2013, not Chris Ballard.

Furthermore, a promotion like this for Ballard will simply mean that someone else in the Chiefs organization gets a shot at making a name for themselves. As to that end, I’m going to use my deductive reasoning to assume that that person will be either Mike Borgonzi or Brett Veach. It’s ok to not know who they are. Currently, they serve as the Co-Directors of Player Personnel.

Here’s some more info, if you’re interested…