The Indianapolis Colts signed GM Chris Ballard to contract extension recently. Colts’ owner Jim Irsay said that Ballard and head coach Frank Reich are as great of a general manager – head coach combination as there is in the NFL.
Do you remember Chris Ballard being with the Chiefs? And when Ballard left for Indianapolis there were concerns by some that the Chiefs were losing the person who should be their next general manager. But they still had John Dorsey as GM so it wasn’t too big of a concern.
But then Clark Hunt fired John Dorsey and hired Brett Veach. While some were frustrated that the Chiefs had just lost a potential GM candidate, the Chiefs apparently felt confident with the direction they were going. After all, Andy Reid runs the football side regardless of the structure. And Reid had known Veach since his time in Philadelphia.
A few years have gone by and we have seen what Brett Veach can do. We have heard about Veach having been the person who bugged the entire organization to draft Patrick Mahomes. That alone should allow him to be the general manager for many years to come. But he’s done so much more. Veach rebuilt the defense after it cost the team the AFC Championship game against the Patriots. That rebuilt defense helped the Chiefs win the Super Bowl the next year.
Then after the Chiefs lost the Super Bowl in February because of injuries and a lack of depth along the offensive line, Veach rebuilt the offensive line through free agency, trades, and the draft. Veach doesn’t nibble here and gradually improve there. No, when he sees a problem he attacks it and solves it.
So that’s why I’m confident with the offensive line this season. It’s because I trust Brett Veach. If something happens and the starters struggle at all, Veach will address it. He will solve it. I’m not sure what the answer will be, but I trust Veach will know what to do.
So it’s a good day for the Indianapolis Colts. They seem to be happy with their general manager. But I wouldn’t take any current NFL general manager over Brett Veach. I think he is the best there is for the Chiefs.