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Dick Vermeil Played Matchmaker For Chiefs, Andy Reid

If the Kansas City Chiefs end up winning a championship under new head coach, Andy Reid, the organization may want to consider giving former head coach Dick Vermeil a ring.

According to the Kansas City Star, Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt called Vermeil to ask for advice on who to consider to replace outgoing coach, Romeo Crennel.

From the Star:

“He wanted to know my opinions on the coaches available,” Vermeil said. “My opinion was that there are only three you should think about and they were Andy Reid, Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher. I told him there was no way he could take another chance. But Andy is the one I know the best personally.

“So he contacted Andy Reid and Andy called me. I knew he was going to call. He said, ‘What do you know about Kansas City?’ I said, ‘Go.’ It’s a great place with great people. The Hunt family was outstanding to me. I just felt he would fit in the community and he’s an outstanding football coach. He needed a change, I felt. There were just so many problems he had with the Eagles the last few years, things that backfired, things that went wrong. There was just no way he could breathe without it being evaluated, positively or negatively.”

It makes sense that Hunt would call Vermeil. He likely also talked to former coach Marty Schottenheimer as well. A smart businessman doesn’t make big decisions without seeking council from people that he trusts.

Vermeil is certainly a credible source. Few coaches have had as much NFL success as Vermeil. Dick took the Eagles to the Super Bowl and finally won a championship in St. Louis. He later came to the Chiefs where he managed to assemble one of the best offenses in NFL history; however, his defense ended up crushing the team’s championship chances.

One quote I found particularly interesting was “I told him there was no way he could take another chance.” Vermeil doesn’t clarify what he means by that but I am guessing he means “with a head coach.”

The last two coaches hired under Hunt were Todd Haley and Romeo Crennel. Haley was an unproven, first-time head coach and while Crennel was proven as a defensive coordinator, he was also a one-time failure as a head coach.

Vermeil, who admits in the Star article to being old school, likely saw Cowher, Gruden and Reid as the most proven and experienced coaches available.

I think Dick got this one right. There is no telling how the Chiefs will perform under Andy Reid but “Big Red” was far and away the most decorated coach available, considering Gruden and Cowher decided to continue to work in broadcasting.

Vermeil will visit Chiefs practice today as the team starts its three-day minicamp.

What do you think, Addicts? Are you glad Clark called Dick about Andy?

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  • steve james

    Clark called Dick about Andy. Sounds like a kids reader. Lol

    • berttheclock

      Perhaps the Hardy Boys were not mentioned, but, this had to be one of the two best telephone calls Clark has ever made. The other being the one which brought about John Dorsey coming to KC.

      • Patrick Allen


  • berttheclock

    Someone over at the Star mentioned SF beating Philly last year. After reviewing the box score of that game, I can understand why AR appreciates Alex Smith. Vick was throwing the ball all over the place and Philly led 23-3 in the 3rd quarter. Then, it was the turn of Alex Smith who connected on two TD passes and the game turned. AS was 21 of 33, with those 2 TDs, no picks and a 112.5 rating. The victory was sealed when Gore ran it in and SF won 24-23. Vick passed for 417 yards, but, it was the field leadership and comeback skills of Alex Smith which stamped the win.

    • Jason Seibel

      Bert, actually the game was in 2011, not last year. However, this game completely illustrates the point I continue to make about Alex Smith. He didn’t even throw for 300 yards in that game. Most would equate that statistic to the fact that he’s not a good QB. Vick threw for over 400 yards, so he must be the greatest QB to walk the planet. Numbers are very deceiving. Who won? That’s the most important stat.

    • KCMikeG

      Great points by both of you! Alex Smith and the play calling will be the make or break of this year.

  • chiefridgy

    Good ole Tricky Dickie

  • KCPauly

    Nice read Pat…Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ArrowFan

    It is only fitting that our new coach’s nickname is Big Red.

  • KCMikeG

    Great to hear Vermeil is in town. He is an inspiration and evokes the emotional side of players which can be the spark that determines whether it is a W or a L. Now I’m getting all choked up and am going to have to go…..

  • Billie Cabral

    Yes indeed. Good read.