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09-29-04, 02:00 PM
This is heart warming....


Vermeil's friends rally around him
September 28, 2004

Doug Tucker

Since his Kansas City Chiefs fell to 0-3, Dick Vermeil has gotten phone calls and e-mails sending words of encouragement.

He's heard from Hollywood types, a renowned geologist and a former NBA All-Star, as well several others who played for him during a coaching career that began in 1959.

"I get calls from all over the country, from different guys who know me and have been through this kind of routine with me," Vermeil said Tuesday. "We all need a little pumping-up from time to time. I need it."

Fred Dryer, the former NFL star who had the lead role in the television series "Hunter," told him, 'Coach, stick in there. I know you can get this thing going.'

Charles Barkley, who became friends with Vermeil when he was playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, called to offer his support.

So did Claude Humphrey, who played defensive end on Vermeil's Eagles teams of 1979-81 and left a message on his answering machine.

"Coach, don't change," the message said. "Don't let them get you. Stick with your way. It's always worked before and it will work now."

Perhaps no sentiment meant more to the old coach than the e-mail he got from Bobby Christopherson, the captain on the Hillsdale High School team in San Mateo, Calif., in 1960. That was Vermeil's first head-coaching job.

"He writes the leading textbooks in geology right now in the country," Vermeil said. "I've got his textbooks. They're way beyond me."

Vermeil, eyes beginning to glisten, said it is reassuring "to know that people who have gone through the adversity with you in the past still believe the way you did it was the right way to do it."

The road doesn't get any easier for the Chiefs, who play at Baltimore on Monday night. Their next four opponents are a combined 10-2.

"I've lost eight in a row before. I've gone from 0-8 in division play to 8-0 and world championship in a one-year turnaround," said Vermeil, tears rapidly streaming down his face . "I've seen both sides."

Compounding the disappointment of an 0-3 start for a team coming off a 13-3 season have been some game-management miscues on Vermeil's part. Joking that "early dementia" may be setting in, he admitted he made a few mistakes in the last two games.

The mistakes and the losses have brought heavy criticism from fans and media.

"If you don't develop some toughness and some resolve within yourself, then you're in the wrong business," he said. "But to me it starts with my commitment to my players."

09-30-04, 12:04 PM
I'm not trying to be a wiseguy, but Vermeil in recent press conferences is looking eerily similar to himself of over 20 years ago when he was "burnt out". The fault for the declining Chiefs can be lain upon Lamar Hunt who has stuck with GM Carl Peterson way too long. The 2003 1st round drafting of Penn St RB Larry Johnson was ludicrous. There have been other bad drafts on Peterson's watch. Sadly, I just don't see Vermeil lasting in KC beyond this season. Hard times are a comin' for Chiefs' fans.

09-30-04, 02:00 PM
Is this a real article or something from The Onion?

Maybe I'm seeing this all wrong, but he's not the first coach to go 0-3 to start a football season. The headline reads as if something tragic had happened to him.

Not so sure with the money he's raking in, he in such dire straits.

09-30-04, 02:35 PM

10-01-04, 03:49 AM
Originally posted by YClipper5
Is this a real article or something from The Onion?

It's a real article. I somewhat enhanced it, but it's real. :D

10-01-04, 07:27 AM
Originally posted by #1PaFan

It's a real article. I somewhat enhanced it, but it's real. :D

"Enhanced" it, huh? The "tears streaming down his face" part?