Chiefs Name Brett Veach New General Manager

The Chiefs have a new voice in their organization, as today they officially named Brett Veach as the teams’ new General Manager.

Adam Schefter of ESPN broke the news on twitter earlier today.

The team has been without a GM since they fired GM John Dorsey back on June 25th.

What Does the Chiefs Run Game Look Like Heading Into Training Camp 2017?

The way the Chiefs offense is currently constructed, the team is never going to remind anyone of the 1990’s Houston Oilers run-and-shoot.

Heck at this point they seem to be more on the verge of setting football back a few years the way they seem to not chuck the ball down the field play after play.

With that, running the ball is going to be more important than ever for the Chiefs as the 2017 gets closer, and with now Jamaal Charles playing for the rival Broncos, who is going to get a majority of the carries this season and moving forward?

After leading rusher Spencer Ware, the first choice would have to go with Charcandrick West, but last season West was slower than usual, putting up just 3.3 yards per carry and 288 yards total.

He’s never going to blow people away with his speed, but the Chiefs need a back that clearly can do more than run for three yards a carry.

The most interesting player in the mix is DeAnthony Thomas, a player that does have that explosive speed and if given the chance, he might be able to run away from people and be a force in the Kansas City run game.

The 24-year-old is defined as a wide receiver and return specialist, but it might be time to start giving him more of a look when it comes to getting carries.

He’s caught just seven passes last season, so why not give him a shot to run the ball more? With his speed it just might pay off in a huge way for the Chiefs.

Anthony Sherman is another player who could push for carries behind Ware, and he will get some looks in camp and the preseason.

You can’t forget about Ware being the workhorse last season with 921 yards and 4.3 yards per carry, and he probably will get that role to start 2017 again.

Ware will enter camp as the starter, and likely come opening day will be the first guy to touch the ball, but for a team that ran for 1.748 yards last season, it will be interesting to see who comes next in the rotation of carries for Kansas City in 2017.

Report: Issues with Communication and Management Styles Led to Dorsey’s Firing

Behind the scenes, the Chiefs’ front office did not always run smoothly under fired general manager John Dorsey.

Team chairman Clark Hunt’s decision to fire Dorsey was fueled, in part, by concerns about his internal communication and management styles, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation who spoke to Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star on condition of anonymity.

As one of the sources said while describing how Dorsey had removed two front-office executives without much explanation: “John does stuff and doesn’t tell people why.” Another source said Dorsey’s management style “could wear on people.”

A message left with Dorsey seeking comment for this story was not immediately returned.

Dorsey’s firing was announced Thursday, the same day Reid received a contract extension. Both men had a year left on their contracts and report separately, but directly to Hunt. That structure will remain when a new GM is hired.

While sources have consistently maintained that Reid and Dorsey worked well together — “You never got the impression they were sparring,” one source told The Star — the two also had different approaches to their jobs.

While Reid has a reputation for being structured and process-oriented, Dorsey was described by those who know both men as looser.

“He goes with the flow,” one source said of Dorsey.

That style didn’t always mesh in situations outside of Dorsey’s undeniable strengths, picking and evaluating players. The other areas Dorsey oversaw were contracts and salary cap management — and the Chiefs have been in cap trouble for a while — in addition to the general, day-to-day management of the team.

“He’s not a big disciplinarian or big on chain of command,” a source said, “so people did what they wanted.”

“It’s more about his management skills,” another source added.

For instance, the typically stable Chiefs also made waves this offseason when Dorsey released director of football administration Trip MacCracken and director of pro scouting Will Lewis. Each man had been with the team for at least four years, and not only were their dismissals surprising, there weren’t many answers to be found, even inside the organization.

“Those decisions were totally John’s,” a source said. “That’s the kind of stuff he does.”

Chiefs to Chat Next Week With ESPN Analyst Louis Riddick About GM Job

The Chiefs already have someone in the running for their GM job, as the team has reached out to ESPN analyst Louis Riddick for a chat next week.

Chiefs Rookie QB Patrick Mahomes II Robbed at Gunpoint in Texas

It was a scary incident for Chiefs rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, as the first-round pick for the Chiefs was robbed on Friday and had his wallet stolen.

Here’s the story from TMZ:

K.C. Chiefs rookie Patrick Mahomes II was robbed at gunpoint in Texas on Friday by a tiny bad guy who stole the QB’s wallet … but don’t worry, cops believe they have the suspect.

The 10th pick in the ’17 NFL Draft told police he and 3 friends were returning to a Smith County home after a baseball game when a car pulled into the driveway next to them and a man demanded their belongings. Mahomes told police he believed the man was carrying a gun.

Mahomes says he and his friends cooperated with the demands and the suspects fled the scene. Cops were able to track down 2 males — 34-year-old Michael Blake Pinkerton and Billy Ray Johnson, 58 — in their vehicle and were taken to jail.

According to jail records, Pinkerton is 5’4″ and 128 pounds.

For comparison, Mahomes is 6’3″, 229.

Cops say Mahomes’ wallet was recovered.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports the incident didn’t appear planned and the suspects had no idea who they were robbing.

Pinkerton was booked on aggravated robbery and held on $50k bond … and Johnson was booked for evidence tampering and drug possession. Cops have not recovered a gun.

Chiefs Exercise Fifth-Year Option on OLB Dee Ford

The Chiefs have exercised outside linebacker Dee Ford’s fifth-year option, general manager John Dorsey revealed Monday, leaving him under contract through the 2018 season, Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.

“That was a no-brainer decision,” Dorsey explained in his annual post-draft teleconference with reporters. “We had known all along we were going to exercise the option … I just wanted to prudently think about it, just wanted to take this morning to assess the situation and how it turned out in the draft.

“I think Dee has a fine future in this organization.”

The new collective bargaining agreement allows teams to add another year to the contracts of first-round draft picks. The period to exercise those options began on Jan. 2.

The Chiefs had until May 3 to exercise the option on Ford, who was taken 23rd overall in 2014. It will cost the Chiefs approximately $8.7 million in 2018, according to salary cap expert Joel Corry.

A Rundown of All the Kansas City Chiefs 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Chiefs 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 1, Pick 10 (No. 10 overall, via trade with the Bills):

Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech: How ‘bout that? As rumor had it all day long, the Chiefs swung for the fences, moving up a whopping 17 spots in Round 1 at the cost of picks 27, 91 and a 2018 first-rounder. But with Cleveland and Arizona lurking at picks 12 and 13, respectively, Kansas City had little choice if it wanted to guarantee itself Mahomes. The gunslinger from Texas Tech lands in a perfect situation, with a QB-friendly coach in Andy Reid, a veteran in Alex Smith to hold down the fort and an opportunity to take over the starting job soon. The rub: The Chiefs paid a huge price for a developmental quarterback, choosing Mahomes over Deshaun Watson. This is the type of move that can make or break a front office. GRADE: B+

Round 2, Pick 27 (No. 59)

Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova: When Kpassagnon was walking through the halls at the combine, fans headed for the NFL Experience at the same building peeled off and just started watching him. At 6′ 7″, 289 pounds, he is a massive, freakish specimen. He’ll probably be a DE in the Chiefs’ 3-4 front; he can slide further outside and add pass rush, as well. Kansas City will have to coach him up, but the baseline is fascinating.? Grade: B+

Round 3, Pick 22 (No. 86)

Karemm Hunt, RB, Toledo: You’ll likely hear a lot about Hunt being “underrated,” but … well, if everyone thinks that, is he really underrated? No matter the label, Hunt is a talented, almost Dalvin Cook-like back who can help on all three downs. The Chiefs traded up for this selection.? Grade: A

Round 4, Pick 33 (No. 139) Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan

Round 5, Pick 40 (No. 183) Ukeme Eligwe, LB, Georgia Southern

Round 6, Pick 35 (No. 218) Leon McQuay III, S, USC

Chiefs Move Up to 10 in NFL Draft; Deal with Bills and Take Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes

It might not be for awhile, but Thursday night the Chiefs pulled off a move that should find them their signal caller of the future, taking QB Pat Mahomes with the 10th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Chiefs drafted Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes on Thursday night after trading up to No. 10 in the NFL Draft. The Chiefs traded their first-round pick (No. 27) and one of their two third-round picks this year (No. 91 overall) and their 2018 first-round pick to the Buffalo Bills.

By trading with the Bills, the Chiefs leaped the quarterback-needy Browns, who eventually traded the No. 12 overall pick to Houston for the No. 25 overall pick and other picks.

It had been 34 years since the Chiefs took a quarterback in the first round: Todd Blackledge in 198

Yes Alex Smith’s job with the Chiefs is safe, for now, but look for Mahomes to quickly push for the backup role, and should Smith have an injury he will likely be ‘next man up’ for the Chiefs.

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