KANSAS CITY – People not only have to be tough to make it in the NFL, but they have to have a tough mindset, as well.
Maybe those go hand-in-hand. Either way – it’s necessary to have them.
Count Chiefs GM Brett Veach as someone who possesses those traits.
A lot has been made about the Chiefs’ first four games of the 2022 season. It’s undoubtedly a tough stretch that starts with a trip to Arizona before taking on the Chargers, Colts, and Buccaneers.
But it’s not just these teams’ combined projected record of 39-29 (.574%) that’s tough, it’s the fact that three of the four games are on the road. And, the Chiefs one home game -Week 2 against the Chargers- is on Thursday Night Football.
That’s definitely a big challenge for Kansas City. However, Veach welcomes the challenge and he actually sees a logical positive when discussing the first four games of the year.
“It’s certainly a tough way to open the season,” Veach said recently on The Rich Eisen Show. “I actually like it because typically, you come out of the gate -and I’m gonna knock on wood here- after training camp, with the preseason shortened a little bit, hopefully we come out healthy and we’re fresh.
“And then we have that bye week right in the middle, there. So, at least there’s a good chance we can get through this early portion of the schedule and have our team healthy and firing on all cylinders. And then from there, it’s like every year – it’s just the battle to survive.”
Veach has a good point. The Chiefs have a great chance to be fully healthy, or at least very healthy, at the start of the season. Meaning, they’ll be able to take on this daunting four weeks of a schedule with all hands on deck. As one of the NFL’s better teams, that’s a big advantage to have.
However, the schedule doesn’t really lighten up from there in terms of competition nor travel. The Chiefs host the Raiders and Bills after traveling to Tampa Bay and then they go on the road for Weeks 13, 14, and 15 before having to play the Raiders and Broncos in two of the last three games.
The Chiefs have no choice to instill Veach’s mentality when it comes to their schedule and I’m sure they will. But unless a lot of things change health-wise for their opponents, the Chiefs’ 2022 schedule is going to be far, far, far from easy.
You can watch Eisen’s interview with Veach, below:
#ChiefsKingdom opens with three of their first four games on the road this fall and we broke down the 2022 schedule with @chiefs GM Brett Veach today on our @mbvansusa phone line:#NFL #MBVans pic.twitter.com/dtMhmnZ9qQ— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) May 13, 2022
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