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Five Things We Learned from Coach Reid and GM Brett Veach at the Scouting Combine

Reid and Veach spoke from the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday

The offseason is in full swing as the NFL Scouting Combine is underway in Indianapolis, and as the Kansas City Chiefs prepare to defend their back-to-back Super Bowl titles, Head Coach Andy Reid and General Manager Brett Veach spoke with the media on Tuesday.

Here are a few things that stood out from their remarks, and for more on the Combine itself, click here.

1. Reid began by setting the stage for the offseason as the Chiefs turn the page from last season's world championship.

"What has happened has happened, and now we're in the present. This is a great reminder of that when we come here with all these new players and opportunities to gather new players," Reid said. "This is our first taste of that as coaches, [but] Brett and his staff have been locked in a room for a week or two since the Super Bowl and have just been [filling the coaches in on players]. It's nice to get down here and have a chance to meet face-to-face with these kids and see what they're all about."

Reid later explained that while the athletic drills garner much of the attention from the outside world, he believes that the player interviews are the most valuable part of the Combine experience.

2. Veach spoke about the Chiefs' process in terms of roster building over the next several weeks.

"We're always looking to get better. Whether it be at receiver, offensive line, defensive line or defensive back, any opportunity we can to make our team better, we're going to do that," Veach said. "We put a high priority on the depth of our roster, so we'll attack that and try to get the very best players we can. [We'll] go through our process – and every team's process is a little bit different and unique. We have ours, and there's always a chance to refine and [adjust] things. Again, because it's such a long season – I'm talking a 20-game season – it's a marathon, and you have to attack every position with a mindset of having that depth because it's not a matter of if, but when, players go down."

The onset of the new league year doesn't take place until March 13, but Veach and his staff have already been busy adding to the roster for 2024. For a look at the 18 "Reserve/Future" contracts – plus three standard contracts – signed in recent weeks, click here.

3. The Chiefs have a pair of high-profile impending free agents in defensive tackle Chris Jones and cornerback L'Jarius Sneed. Veach was asked about both situations on Tuesday.

"You'd like to be able to tag all of the guys and pay all of the guys. It's tough because the more you win, the more you have to pay players, and obviously – when you have this amount of success – you're paying a lot of players a lot of money," Veach said. "It's [also] tough because you're drafting late. There are challenges. We'll go through them, and we'll always put our best foot forward. Certainly, [we] want to do what we can to try to keep both of those players. That's going to be our goal and intent. Hopefully, we're able to figure something out, but every free agency [period] is different, unique and crazy. We do have one [franchise] tag, and I anticipate probably using it to help us. I think our goal is to try to get both of those players done and then work down the rest of our roster."

4. Veach was later asked to discuss the benefits and challenges created by the Chiefs' recent success in terms of his responsibilities.

"[A benefit is that] if you get close in [contract] negotiations, I think you get the added benefit of, 'The tie goes to the Chiefs' if all things are equal…I think we get the benefit of breaking all the ties [because of our success]. I think that's a huge benefit," Veach said. "On the flip side, I think there's a lot of stress and a lot of anxiety in every offseason because you have small windows, and you don't have the ability to make a ton of mistakes. Your margin for error is razor thin, so you have to be good on your draft picks and you have to be good on your free agency guys that come in here. They have to play, and they have to produce right away because we don't have a ton in regard to excess picks or excess money, so you have to be efficient with what you have."

5. Veach also took a moment to acknowledge the Chiefs' immense achievements in recent years while also essentially turning the page toward Kansas City's next goal.

"[There's] a lot to be proud of and thankful for – eight-straight AFC West titles, six AFC championship [games], four Super Bowls in the last six years, and three Super Bowl wins, [including] back-to-back titles. [That] hadn't been done in a while, and we're looking forward to going after that ever elusive threepeat," Veach said. "I truly believe I have the best group of scouts in the NFL. [I'm] looking forward to being here and starting this process, meeting with player agents and getting to know the new draft prospects – to meet them and interview them."

The on-field drills at the Combine begin on Thursday afternoon. For a full schedule of events, click here.

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