Chiefs’ Chris Ballard elevated to director of football operations

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KANSAS CITY, MO. – The Chiefs announced numerous moves Friday within the player personnel department.

Jan 22, 2013; Mobile, AL; Chiefs general manager John Dorsey huddles with scouts and coaches following the Senior Bowl South Squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 22, 2013; Mobile, AL; Chiefs general manager John Dorsey huddles with scouts and coaches following the Senior Bowl South Squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Arguably the biggest move surrounds Chris Ballard, who was promoted from director of player personnel to director of football operations.

Ballard, who has 14 years of experience in NFL personnel, joined the Chiefs in 2013 and his name has surfaced around the league in the past two offseasons as a prime candidate for open general manager spots. The Chicago Bears interviewed Ballard in early January 2015 for the then-vacant general manager position.

Of note, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey served one year as the Green Bay Packers director of football operations in 2012 before being hired to his current position.

In other moves, the Chiefs promoted Mike Borgonzi and Brett Veach as co-directors of player personnel to replace Ballard.

Borgonzi, who has been with the Chiefs for six years, previously served as the director of pro scouting, and Veach held the position of pro and college personnel analyst the past two years after serving six years with coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia (2007-12).

Ryne Nutt, who joined the Chiefs staff in 2010, moves from Northeast area scout to Southeast area scout, an area former assistant director of college scouting Dom Green was responsible for. The New York Jets recently hired Green as its Southwest area scout.

Matt Donahoe, who has been with the Chiefs since 2013, moves from national scout to Nutt’s previous post as Northeast area scout. Donahoe spent the 2012 summer in Green Bay as a scouting intern.

The promotions affect titles and responsibilities, but not the reporting structure, as each man will still report to Dorsey.

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