The dog days of summer are beginning. Hopefully the Royals will stay in the playoff hunt. With baseball, it is not how you start but how you finish that determines a 162-game season.
It is hard thing to believe that football camps are opening in the NFL this week and high school football practice starts in a matter of days. They say time flies when you get older but this is ridiculous.
The Chiefs hired Brett Veach to be the new general manager. It was a surprise to many fans but not sure it was a total surprise to those closely connected to the team. The Chiefs organization is an NFL franchise well-known for its hires. John Dorsey and Andy Reid did a superior job of building depth with players on the field and a very talented administrative staff.
Clark Hunt deserves credit for developing talent at the player level. Questionable areas have been the business portion of the business and the NFL salary cap issues that have plagued the team for the past four years. The cap is complicated. Most everyone has no clue about the ins and outs of the cap, including myself. It may have been the Jeremy Maclin issue that created the final blow in Hunt’s dismissal of Dorsey.
It is interesting that new GM Brett Veach has been one of Reid’s guys from the beginning. At 39 years old, Veach has an opportunity that many people who have a much stronger NFL background would love to have in an organization like the Kansas City Chiefs. Hunt wasted no time in hiring the guy he wanted. It sounds like this is the guy both he and Reid wanted from the very start of the hire process.
We all know Dorsey is one of the best team roster builders in the NFL. He is a top-notch talent evaluator. He took a franchise that had a team of players with no quality depth and made them into a team with quality depth at every position. His effort helped put the Chiefs back on the NFL map. It was exactly what the team needed at that time. Reid and Dorsey came across publicly as a great team in evaluating talent.
It was much more difficult to evaluate how Dorsey was handling the business end. Veach is being portrayed by the organization as a total package. He seems to have the same football field knowledge of talent as Dorsey. He has also been compared to Carl Peterson as business savvy. The organization seems totally confident that Veach has the talent to take the is the new young talent that can take the entire organization to a Super Bowl contender.
That still does not answer the question on everyone’s mind – why did Dorsey get fired? Perhaps the answer is not that Dorsey did anything wrong, but more that Brett Veach was too young and talented to lose to another NFL franchise. Changing general managers is not any different than replacing an older quarterback with a younger version who may have a more talented future. If an NFL head coaching position can be filled by the hottest name in coaching at any given time, the existing coach will most definitely get the axe.
Hunt will have to answer for the move if it turns out Veach is not really the total package. Many times, high goals are unattainable unless you are willing to take a chance. Reports so far of the new young general manager are very positive. He seems organized and dedicated with a great work ethic.
Reid is famous for being a great judge of football talent. It looks likes Reid’s hand-picked choice for general manager, may be as simple as he may see a drive toward the Super Bowl as possibly his last career opportunity.
Reid saw great potential in Veach at an early age. He has tutored him and gotten him jobs. Veach has shown throughout his life that he is a winner. If Veach looks like winner, works like winner, talks like a winner then just maybe he is a winner. I hope Chiefs fans will go into the 2017 season with a positive attitude about the organization with a new man at the top. Time will tell!
• Too many times good people get overlooked in recognition of their accomplishments. These are usually people who do not bring attention to themselves. It was a pleasure to see Blue Springs Rod’s Sports A’s assistant coach Jack Gillis honored as the June Blue KC Coaches with Character honoree. I have known Jack for more than 50 years. He has always been a first-class human being. He has dedicated his life to working with young baseball athletes. He deserves credit for a job well done.
• Missouri State High School Activities Association member schools voted to start the 2018 fall season a week later in the activities schedule. It makes a lot of sense.
• My quote of the week comes from former major league third baseman Ron Cey: “So many people told me that I couldn’t make it. Now that I have, that’s extra icing on the cake. They can’t see inside you. That’s why I’m critical of people who pass judgement without knowing someone.”
– Tim Crone, a William Chrisman High School graduate, is a former activities director and coach for Blue Springs High School and is a host of a weekly radio show, “Off the Wall with Tim Crone,” on KCWJ (1030 AM) 6 p.m. every Monday. He writes a weekly column for The Examiner. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.