9. Brett Veach
I probably should have Brett Veach higher on this list, but at the end of the day I leaned more towards the players on the field than the man who ultimately put them there. That having been said, this team absolutely isn’t back in the Super Bowl without Brett Veach. The architect of this roster deserves a massive pat on the back for how he has assembled this team.
There are two main things I think Veach deserves a special shout out for. The first is how he has been able to keep the big stars happy and on this roster. From the creative monster deal he gave Patrick Mahomes to the way he’s been able to keep elite talent like Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, and Chris Jones from hitting free agency, this team is bursting with stars that all feel appreciated and valued by the team. That isn’t easy in this salary cap era.
Second, Veach built a complete roster with tons of low salary guys who have been able to fill in and play important roles all over the field. They might not generate headlines, but Veach has given the coaches key role players who stepped up, such as when injuries decimated the offensive line. Stars are huge in the NFL, but you need a complete 53 man roster to win, especially when injuries hit, and Veach did a fantastic job of building just that this season.