“If you think about the journey we’ve been on the last eight years, we hired Andy and we’ve had a few really tough seasons, and the turnaround with Andy was almost immediate,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said. “And to his credit, he’s done nothing but improve, and obviously that intensified with the Super Bowl victory last February.
Reid, who recently passed Curly Lambeau for fifth on the NFL’s winning list with 230, is in the midst of his eighth season at Kansas City after a long tenure in Philadelphia. He took over a team that was 2-14 when it came in and built a consistent winner, which reached new heights under the quarterback Super Bowl MVP. Patrick mahomes.
Veach was one of the main reasons the Chiefs landed Mahomes. He argued vehemently to recruit him as a front-office member of then-chief executive John Dorsey, then returned to the post of chief executive when Dorsey was laid off three years ago.
“When the Chiefs came to Kansas City in 1963, they were fortunate enough to have what would be a Hall of Fame coach and also be a Hall of Fame quarterback, and I think we’re in. a similar position today, ”Hunt said. , referring to Hank Stram and Len Dawson, the duo that led the franchise to its first championship in 1970.
“The value of a great head coach in the NFL cannot be overstated. I think in a lot of ways that sounds like the value of a great quarterback, ”Hunt continued. “When you have the two together, you can be very successful.”
Indeed, Reid and Veach’s signing follows Mahomes’ signing of the richest deal for a player in NFL history. He signed a contract last summer that could be worth half a billion dollars over 10 years.
Chiefs’ ability to sign Mahomes for such a lucrative deal while also signing a defensive tackle Chris Jones and defensive end Frank Clark long-term contracts – and attract free agents as expensive as security Tyrant mathieu in Kansas City – talks about the work Veach has done in managing the salary cap. One of Dorsey’s biggest shortcomings was handing out inflated contracts that kept the Chiefs from being a consistent winner, but Veach was able to make the numbers work.
“One thing that has been an eye opener for all of us is how aggressive Brett is, and conservatively aggressive he is,” Hunt said. “His decision-making when he’s aggressive is very well thought out, and I think it’s paid off for us, whether it’s doing deals or finding a way to make Patrick and Chris work for us this way. summer.
Despite their age difference – Reid, 62, is old enough to be the father of Veach, 42 – the duo have been working fairly smoothly for almost two decades. Reid hired Veach as an intern in 2004, then promoted him to assistant coach and scout before his protégé followed him to Kansas City. Once there, Veach spent two years as a front office analyst, followed by two more as co-director of player personnel, before advancing to the role of general manager.
Veach’s ability to build a roster suited to Reid’s philosophy and coaching style allowed the coach to focus entirely on the locker room rather than juggling the many hats he wore with the Eagles. And that in turn helped the Chiefs win two straight 12-game regular seasons and four straight AFC West championships.
“I don’t know if I would use the word luck. I certainly feel lucky most of the time to know that we have Andy Reid and Brett Veach running the football side of our operation, and I would throw Mark Donovan in there, our chairman, ”Hunt said. “We have a great leader in each of our positions, and the three of them work really well together, and it’s an unusual place.
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