KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs are going to answer some questions on Monday, only a month after extending the contract of coach Andy Reid and letting go of general manager John Dorsey and two weeks after hiring Brett Veach as Dorsey’s replacement.
Good for them. The Chiefs need to explain some things in a pair of news conferences, one with Veach and chairman Clark Hunt at Arrowhead Stadium in the morning and the other with Reid at training camp in St. Joseph, Missouri, in the afternoon.
Here are some issues they should address:
What happened to necessitate Dorsey's departure? The Chiefs, with three trips to the playoffs in the past four years, are on what for them has to be considered a roll. Times haven't been this good for the franchise in a football sense in two decades. Better yet, the future looks solid. The Chiefs have drafted well and as a result have a lot of good young players. Their program should elevate further if rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes II eventually works out as they envision. For that, Dorsey deserves a share of the credit. For him to be fired, it suggests that he did something, or things, for which he deserved to be sent away. Hunt needs to lay out the reason or reasons Dorsey is no longer Kansas City's general manager. Here's hoping for the sake of the organization that he doesn't hide behind "We did what's best for the team" and leave it vague like that. If he does, he's only cheating the fans deserving of a better answer.
Why did Veach replace Dorsey and what is his vision? The public doesn't know much about Veach other than that he's 39 and worked with Reid as a coach and a scout with the Philadelphia Eagles before joining the Chiefs in 2013. Did he get the job because viable options were few for the Chiefs in July, an awkward time of year to be making such an important hire? Was he put in place for the sake of continuity or does he have his own ideas that will set him apart from Dorsey?
Will the GM maneuvering help Reid get the Chiefs to a Super Bowl? Reid's contract extension runs through 2021, when he will be 64. Not that he couldn't be coaching the Chiefs beyond that, but it's safe to presume that at least for now, neither he nor the Chiefs are looking past that point. So he's got a five-year window to bring a championship to Kansas City, and it's impossible to believe he doesn't support the moves with Dorsey and Veach. If he believed in Dorsey so much, wouldn't he have fought for a contract extension for the former general manager when he was getting one himself?