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Former Eagles scout promoted to Chiefs general manager position

Andy’s power grows in KC.

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Nearly a month after surprisingly firing John Dorsey, the Kansas City Chiefs have a new general manager: Brett Veach. The news was first reported by NFL insider Ian Rapoport and has since been officially confirmed by the team.

Veach used to work for the Eagles. After serving as an intern during Eagles training camp in 2004, Veach was hired to be an assistant to Reid in 2007. He served in that role for three years before being named a pro and college scout in 2010. Then he left for Kansas City when Reid got hired by the Chiefs.

The story goes that Veach was the one person in the Eagles’ personnel department really pushing for Philadelphia to draft LeSean McCoy. Considering that McCoy ended up being the Eagles’ all-time leading rusher, I’d say that was a good assessment by Veach.

This hire is interesting, though, because it was reported that Reid didn’t push Dorsey out. In past years, Reid has talked about how it’s been good for him to get out of the personnel department so he can just focus on coaching. Veach getting hired for the job certainly seems to say something about Reid’s influence in Kansas City. Perhaps Reid is going down the same road that ultimately led to his end in Philadelphia.

For now, Big Red’s job is safe. Reid signed a contract extension with the Chiefs last month. He’s gone 43-21 (plus 1-3 in the playoffs) since joining Kansas City in 2013.