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10-14-2004, 04:54 PM
Q&A with Dick Vermeil

Oct 14, 2004, 5:07:26 PM

Q: How did Scott Fujita look out there today?

DICK VERMEIL: “He got some work. I think there’s a chance he’ll play.”

Q: Will that be more of a game time thing?

VERMEIL: “I think it’ll be a game time decision. What you’ve got to be careful of is, assuming the guy can play, is if he can’t play after three snaps and then you’re short a football player. You’ve got to be very careful. In fact, I talked to him about it today, too. Player’s got to be honest with you.”

Q: But you feel better about his chance of playing now than …..

VERMEIL: “I did yesterday because yesterday he ran good and did things, but you don’t know how he’s going to feel after doing that the next day. But he responded well. I mean we didn’t overwork him.”

Q: Steve Cheek. How is he?

VERMEIL: “He’s punting fine. He’s fine.”

Q: You talked about your defense rounding into shape last week. Other than the results are better, what specifically are you seeing when you go through a video or watch a game?

VERMEIL: “Cohesion. I see 11 people working as a unit better. I mentioned that after practice today. We worked a lot of third down stuff. You see coverages being executed with good discipline and intensity and understanding. I think it’s almost to the point that it’s no longer a new defense; it’s the Chiefs defense.”

Q: You’re seeing this consistently or is it kind of sporadic?

VERMEIL: “No, I’m seeing it consistently. I’ve seen it coming but I see it more consistently now.”

Q: Including on game day?

VERMEIL: “Well, I have for two weeks on game day.”

Q: Was the Baltimore game the turning point?

VERMEIL: “No, I saw it coming to that in spurts. I saw it in spurts, one series and then the next series and then a breakdown. All of a sudden I saw more in the Houston game and then, of course, in the game against the Ravens it was a lot more cohesive and a lot more disciplined within the scheme. It was people doing not only alignments and assignments right but technique and tempo and freed up to play mentally – not thinking about how to play.”

Q: Are you at the point now where it’s expectations for them to play at that level?

VERMEIL: “I expect us to play well, I do. This is a different kind of test, different kind of offense, a rifle-armed guy who gets back in that shotgun with a Hall of Fame wide receiver with over 10,000 yards. It’s a different kind of test. So, it’ll be interesting to see.

“Eric Warfield has been special. I’ve never seen Eric Warfield as good as he is right now. He intercepted three yesterday and two today – and good plays. He was competing. I think he’s really fitting into the scheme and I think all the patience of the coaches has really helped.”

Q: Can you talk about the challenges of your defense this week? Next week you’ve got Vick coming in. Is this a make or break period for your defense?

VERMEIL: “I never look at anything as make or break. I think in terms of long-range goals. We have 12 opportunities that we have to take one step at a time. Each time we stumble on one of those steps over the next 12 weeks, reaching our goals that we set going into training camp will be darn near impossible. You know that and I know that.”

Q: As you look at Warfield’s training camp films can you see that improvement being made against Randy Moss, one of the league’s best receivers?

VERMEIL: “No, I didn’t see it then. He’s been here every snap that I’ve been here. I’ve seen him grow; I’ve seen him make mistakes; I’ve seen him make big plays; I’ve seen him be inconsistent; I’ve seen him break down fundamentally. I’ve seen him break down in concentration, but I keep seeing less and less and less of that and more and more of real fine corner play — I mean highly skilled development at the corner.”

Q: In going against Jimmy Smith, a receiver who is 35 years old, it seems that receivers get better and running backs start to deteriorate over 30.

VERMEIL: “Totally different, totally different. They don’t get as many direct hits. Priest carried the ball 33 times the last time. Then you get direct hits and usually more than one. The league has done a good job, or made it a little tough on offensive linemen going down field to protect a second or third hitter on the pile. So, there are more guys around the pile in position to get hit. Offensive linemen are almost pensive when they get down there. They don’t want to get called for a personal foul in trying to protect the running back.

“The wide receiver gets a direct hit many times but it’s usually by a defensive back, not a defensive lineman, not a linebacker, or a secondary guy coming into it. It’s just totally different.”

Q: How Eddie Kennison today?

VERMEIL: “Back, ready to go.”

Q: 100% do you think?

VERMEIL: “He’s a 100%.”

10-14-2004, 04:57 PM
Short & sweet

10-14-2004, 04:59 PM
Thank God Kennison is back.