Kansas City Chiefs: Brett Veach will interview for GM position

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NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Kansas City Chiefs will interview current co-Director of Player Personnel Brett Veach for the GM job.

The Kansas City Chiefs are wasting no time in addressing their new general manager vacancy. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Chiefs will be interviewing Brett Veach this week. Veach currently shares the Director of Player Personnel role in the KC organization with Mike Borgonzi. Veach is now the first confirmed candidate for the GM job.

Putting Brett Veach on the list of candidates was an expected move. He first got some mainstream recognition this offseason when the Bills were interested in interviewing him during their GM search. However, nothing came of that opportunity and Veach returned to KC.

Veach is not the first name to be connected to the Kansas City Chiefs GM opening. This weekend, Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Chiefs had reached out to ESPN’s Louis Riddick, who once worked with Andy Reid for the Eagles. However, Riddick dismissed that report directly.

Pros And Cons Of Veach

Brett Veach has a lot of things going for him in the GM search. He has worked with Andy Reid for a long time, following Reid to the Chiefs from the Eagles organization. Veach is also well-aware of the Chiefs current situation as he’s been in the front office since 2013. That should allows for as seamless a transition as Kansas City could hope for.

However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any concerns here, or that this is a simple move. Brett Veach was sharing duties with Mike Borgonzi. Both men were being tasked with filling the role vacated by Chris Ballard going to the Colts. That is definitely a concern for the Chiefs. If he wasn’t being fully trusted with Ballard’s role, is he going to be ready for the GM job?

Uncharted Territory

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Of course, nothing is going to be orthodox about what the Chiefs do in their GM search. That is impossible at this point. Everything that Clark Hunt does from this point will be breaking new ground. That has both good and bad elements to it.

For the negative aspects, the Chiefs are currently running without someone guiding the ship. It will be nearly impossible for the team to hold negotiations, draw up scouting plans, investigate potential free agents, or talk trades. All of that has to be on hold until someone is in charge. Even an interim GM wouldn’t be an answer right now.

However, on the plus side, the Chiefs GM job is about as close as you can get to a “dream job” for a personnel guy. Kansas City is a 10+ win team, has a roster loaded with talent, has a top notch head coach, and has already addressed their quarterback position. A new GM would be in for a pretty smooth ride for their first couple of years.

All in all, there is a lot to like about the situation the Chiefs are in right now. They will have a lot of candidates ready and willing to come in and interview. Some of the top names in the business will give this opportunity a hard look. Brett Veach is considered by many to be one of those top names, so it only makes sense that he’s getting a look.

The Kansas City Chiefs are expecting a lot out of the 2017 NFL season. Despite events in the last couple of weeks, that shouldn’t change at all. This is still an excellent team with a ton of talent. The Chiefs should absolutely be in contention this year. I don’t expect this GM search to last too long.