“I have a great appreciation for him as a person and as a coach,” said Vermeil, who was at Shoal Creek Golf Course on Monday to participate in the Trent Green Golf Classic to benefit Ronald McDonald House charities. “I’ve been on his practice field and watched him coach. I’ve been in meetings and watched him coach. I’m just impressed with how he does things. It’s more the old-fashioned way to coach. He works them hard and makes them better. He’s fair to his players. There’s no (clutter) in his message in any way. He’s very straightforward. He’s intense, but at a level where players can still learn.”
Vermeil, an occasional visitor at Eagles workouts over the last seven seasons, will visit practice today in Kansas City as the Chiefs begin their final week of offseason work with a three-day minicamp at their Truman Sports Complex practice facility.
“He’s a great QB,” Hemingway said of Smith.
“His presence in the huddle, his presence with all the teammates, the wide receivers, the eye contact with everyone; it lets you know that we can build a relationship, when we’re out there on the field. That’s our leader. He leads by example and we follow.”
Fellow Chiefs WR Devon Wylie has also noticed Smith’s command in the huddle, as well as the types of throws the QB has been making.
“I’m seeing a lot of accuracy, that’s for sure,” Wylie said of Smith’s pass attempts. “He takes control of the huddle and lets everybody know what they have to do and again, a lot of accuracy.”
When Andy Reid and John Dorsey selected Eric Fisher with the first overall pick in the draft in April, it was largely considered a safe pick by most analysts. To find out how safe of a pick the Chiefs made and try to gauge a level of expectation for Fisher, I took a look at all of the tackles selected with the top three picks in the draft since 1980.
From 1980 to 2012 only 11 tackles were selected with the one of the top three picks in the draft. Here are the players who were picked and how their careers went.
There have only been three tackles taken number one overall since 1980: Eric Fisher, Jake Long, and Orlando Pace. Long and Pace have each seen tremendous success in their careers.