Contract extensions are going like candy in Kansas City, Missouri at 1 Arrowhead Drive. This time, it has been given to head coach Andy Reid and general manager Brett Veach. Both receive matching shiny, brand new six year deals. This will keep each individual with the organization through the 2025 season.
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Big Red’s Dominance
While Reid has just won his first ever Super Bowl as head coach, the continued growth during his Kansas City tenure has been strong and steady. The only time the team missed the playoffs during his first eight seasons, was in 2014. Overall, the Chiefs have gone 77-35 under Andy Reid. A stat that is also underrated, is that KC is 27-3 against division opponents since the start of 2015. The Broncos, Chargers and Raiders are a few of the more disappointed ones after hearing this news.
As NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero mentioned, this new six year contract puts Reid among the league’s highest paid coaches. Despite his age of 62, Big Red has a newfound energy with this current core, led by prolific quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
After seeing the news, Mahomes tweeted out, “well deserved.”
Along with Andy Reid, general manger Brett Veach has been helping build winners for a long time. Rather, he has only been the GM for the past three seasons. Veach has more fingerprints in helping to build this team from the ground up, than most realize.
When Reid came to town in 2013, Veach served as a pro and college personnel analyst for two seasons. He would eventually move to co-director of player personnel for both 2015 and 2016. So, Brett has not only seen all of his recent work produce success. He has also seen historically bad contracts given out to certain players in the past. That has helped to mold his vision of roster construction.
We have often heard that Veach was the one who had the eye for realizing Mahomes’ talent. Fast forward to now, the quarterback became the first player in league history to win an MVP award, Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP in his first two seasons as an NFL starting quarterback.
Veach also worked magic to keep Chris Jones and Travis Kelce in tow, with extensions. Sammy Watkins came to an agreement on a restructured contract. Lastly, the majority of last year’s team is still intact, despite a championship win, little salary cap space and potential revenue losses coming in 2020.
Can’t Stop Smiling
The real impressive aspect of this current Chiefs team, is that the relationships are glowing across the board. Winning obviously helps, but the trust factor is not always present in other NFL organizations.
With Brett Veach and Andy Reid, the players feel comfortable, open to speak up and perform admirably because of the leadership involved. Kansas City is able to give everyone on that team a piece of the pie, not just because they want to. Instead, everyone has now earned that opportunity.
– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.