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shaneo69
11-08-2005, 05:35 PM
DV: “Welcome. Needless to say we’re very pleased to be sitting here at the turn of the season with a 5-3 record. Pleased, but not totally satisfied, but still pleased.

“We’ve experienced some good fortune through those first eight games and experienced some bad fortune. But overall to be able to get through the first eight, which we felt was a pretty tough schedule, and finish it with five wins and three losses is a lot better than we were last year at the same time.

“The great thing about that dynamic win of Sunday was that you get to share something like that with the entire organization; you get to share something like that with the entire community; you get to share that with the fans that are Chiefs fans all over the country. I stop on my way to work each morning at 6:30 (AM) at Starbucks in the Plaza and I’ve never seen so many thumbs up. People are very, very excited about the game and how it came down. A win is a win regardless of how it comes down but when it’s as dramatic as that they’re more deeply involved and more emotionally involved and they hang on to that excitement for a little longer period of time. I mean, I’ve had thumbs up from little old ladies who you would think wouldn’t really care whether the Chiefs win or lose. In this community they do and I’m sure that’s true of all Kansas City Chiefs fans around the country. It was a happening for everyone, although we don’t get to enjoy it as long as the fans do.

“Monday we’re back to work and it’s a new week and a new day and a new problem: the Buffalo Bills. The only thing critical for us right now is that we get ready to play and play well because even with everything said, and as exciting as it was, the only thing it guaranteed for the season was five wins. That’s the only thing guaranteed. What we do with these next eight games will be just as critical as last week’s game. To win one like last week and then go to Buffalo and get beat would nullify and take the great emotion and high out of a game like that.

“We have great respect for Buffalo. They’ve won three out of their four (games) at home. They made the turn last year and went 7-2, lost one home game to Pittsburgh in the final game of the season. They have some very talented people; they’ve been struggling a little bit. They started out with a young quarterback and then they moved to a guy with some seasoning. They play extremely well at home. As you study them you know why.

“One, they can all run on defense. They play very hard. They have a very talented back; they have very talented and skilled wide receivers, and they’ve got a young offensive line they’re trying to develop. They will be very tough to beat at home.

“If we spend too much time gloating – coaches and players in regard to what happened on a final play of a game that happened a week before which no longer counts – it could hurt us. Our big thing right now is to get re-focused, players and coaches.

“A lot of good things come out of a win like that. Sometimes not as easily read by a fan, but those of you close to us recognize that we had some players that weren’t normally starters for us that stepped in and played like starters. Dewayne Washington on defense played very, very well. He also played very well on special teams making three special teams tackles.

“Of course, Larry Johnson. What can you say about what Larry did? He did some things extremely well and overall his performance was outstanding. It’s nice to know that you have those kinds of people.

“Benny Sapp came in and ended up playing at the right corner position in the fourth quarter. William Bartee went in and was playing in there in the nickel. They stepped in and did a good job, good enough for us to win a football game. I think that was another highlight.

“A lot has been said about the fourth down call but, let me tell you this, it took a lot more to get down there than to make that one and a half feet. It took a number of plays and a lot of good pass protection, some check-down routes, Larry catching the ball and being alert, some movement skills on the quarterback and some awareness in what we were trying to do. It took a lot more than that one play. It took a lot to get down there.

Q: Do you expect Priest Holmes to play this weekend?

VERMEIL: “I don’t know. Right now I have to put him in the same category as everybody else. I haven’t talked to (team physician) Dr. Browne or any of those other doctors as yet.”

Q: Do you prepare a game plan as if he’s not going to be in there?

VERMEIL: “Right now we’re preparing regardless. We’ve got Larry Johnson and we don’t change with one or the other.”

Q: How would you categorize the specialist he’s seeing in Miami?

VERMEIL: “A thorough process, a very thorough process.”

Q: Is it going to be like last year when each week you’re not going to know if he’s going to be ready?

VERMEIL: “I don’t know what it’s going to be like. You know as much as I do.”

Q: So you’re not ready to say that Larry Johnson is the starter for the rest of the season?

VERMEIL: “No. I’m hoping that doesn’t happen. We know how talented he is and everything else but you know you need two good running backs. We only had three running backs in uniform on Sunday: two fullbacks and one running back. Hopefully, in uniform this Sunday will be two good running backs and two good fullbacks.”

Q: Is Jordan Black going to be starting at left tackle again. He had some problems last Sunday.

VERMEIL: “Oh, he had some problems.”

Q: What are you gonna do?

VERMEIL: “Help him get better. He’s started games now, two at right tackle and three at left tackle. All you can do is help him get better, help him sometimes with pass protection. Each ball game and each pass rusher is a different profile physically and talent-wise. Sometime guys match up better against certain kinds of pass rushers than they do others, and sometimes we as coaches do a few things differently than we did last week because of problems. But Jordan’s played some games this year and didn’t give up a sack. The other thing that’s hurt him is playing both sides. We’ve put a lot of pressure on him, tons of pressure. We’ve won five games and he’s played in all five of them. He’s played in all five wins. He’s been on the field and he does some things when he does them fundamentally correct that he looks very good doing it. Sometimes he makes a mistake.”

Q: How did John Welbourn grade out?

VERMEIL: “Pretty good when you consider it was his first time since the New England game last year on Monday night that he played right tackle. I think he did OK.”

Q: What about Kevin Sampson?

VERMEIL: “He’s progressing. He finished strong last week and I’ll know better when we go this week. But he made a big jump from where he was the week before physically. His strength was coming back, his movement skills were back, his fundamentals were starting to come back. He looked more like a football player at the end of the week last week.”

Q: What about the possibility of moving Welbourn over to left tackle?

VERMEIL: “I don’t think that’s a possibility right now.”

Q: Right now, Larry Johnson is the one back. Do you foresee a time coming any time soon based on merit that he might get more turns in the rotation than Priest does?

VERMEIL: “I would say probably not, probably not. If you wanted to base it on merit you’d have to study everything that Priest Holmes has done. His numbers have been the best in the National Football League.”

Q: Not over a long period of time, but over this year though? Is that true?

VERMEIL: “He’s been very impressive. We haven’t had Willie Roaf or other things that make those numbers even more impressive, but he’s been very impressive. He’s made some long runs; he’s made 60 yard runs on screens and, to me, he was Priest Holmes.”

Q: Given the fact that his availability seems to be unknown from week to week, is there a temptation to give Larry…..

VERMEIL: “Wait a minute, we knew he was going to play in San Diego and before that. We knew he was going to play in Miami. It’s when you get hurt that availability starts being questioned. He got hit in the head in the San Diego game and it’s led to other evaluations, so that creates the atmosphere of whether he’s going to be available or not. But prior to that he was available.”

Q: Did something happen in that second evaluation that makes you more concerned?

VERMEIL: “I don’t have any information and sometimes I get upset that I don’t have more information. But the information and communication system is in the right hands: Dr. Browne, our medical staff and our trainers and the people he is consulting with.”

Q: Is there a concern from all the years you have been coaching that when a team has a big emotional win like last week there may have a letdown.”

Q: “It’s a term everybody uses but it’s a poor excuse. I’ve had other people say, ‘my gosh, this is just what you needed.’ They said it after the ballgame Sunday. ‘This is what you needed to kick-start that second half of the season.’

“Hey, you can play it either way. There’s only one football game I think we didn’t play as well as we can possibly play or close to it and that was in Denver on Monday night when they sort of worked us over pretty good. But other than that we’ve played pretty good football and could have easily won the Eagles game here – but we didn’t play it smart; we had opportunities to beat San Diego and they beat us because they executed better in their Red Zone defense than we did.”

Q: Are you surprised that you’re an underdog this weekend in Buffalo?

VERMEIL: “You know something? I haven’t seen a sports page or listened to anything but NPR since the game ended. So, I have no clue if we’re underdogs, over-dogs, or hot dogs.”

Q: Greg Wesley has been really interception happy these last few weeks. How would you describe his play?

VERMEIL: “Improved. The best football he’s played since I’ve been here. He’s a little bumped and bruised but I think he’s really focused as well as he ever has as a pro football player. He made up his mind when the organization made the move and brought Sammy Knight here that he was going to be a player and he worked extremely hard in the off-season program going well beyond past off-season participation. Everything he’s done he’s taken his entire effort to be a good football player to another level.”

Q: You’re at the halfway mark. What are the things you’ve been most pleased with and most disappointed?

VERMEIL: “I think most pleased with is the progress the defense is making. I can see it in practice; I can see it in practice video. I can see it in game evaluation. It’s blending together, the discipline and the scheme, the tempo at which they’re playing.

“Our concerns: the lack of production in the Red Zone on offense. Like I’ve said all along, we’re spoiled. We don’t like being ranked sixth or seventh or eighth in total offense. We’re used to being ranked one, two or three in just about every category. So, when you drop down a little bit it creates some concerns that other people would appreciate having. I think we’ll improve in some areas.”

Q: Are you concerned that it’s now been a year and a half and you still haven’t replaced John Tait or gotten consistency at the right tackle position?

VERMEIL: “We’ve had right tackles but they’ve been hurt. Kevin Sampson was going to be our right tackle and he got hurt in the very first pre-season game. So, that’s just the way it is. John Welbourn we brought in and he just dropped in from heaven, really, during the draft. We took advantage of him and he wasn’t 100% ready to play until he ran out because of the knee. Then we had the other problem (suspension) and he came back. He’s ideally a guard but he’s a tough guy with long arms and he can play right tackle for us and eventually he will end up getting better and so will Kevin Sampson.”

Q: Is Ryan Sims any closer to coming back than he was a week ago?

VERMEIL: “Well, they say he’s making progress but the problem is on progress reports is how steep is the curve going up. If it’s going like this (makes hand in a gradual motion) it might be game 16 (till he’s available.) If it’s going like this (makes hand in steep motion) it might be game 10. So it’s somewhere in between. But we remain optimistic but I think the minute we become pessimistic then we have to make the move.”

Q: How close are you to making a move?

VERMEIL: “We haven’t discussed it in any serious way.”

Q: Is Shawn Barber going to practice this week?

VERMEIL: “Shawn Barber will start practicing tomorrow.”

siberian khatru
11-08-2005, 05:44 PM
VERMEIL: “You know something? I haven’t seen a sports page or listened to anything but NPR since the game ended. ...”

Stinkin' libbie. :cuss:

HemiEd
11-08-2005, 06:02 PM
One of the better group of questions that I have seen asked of him in a while. I can not think of anything left out other than, how is Todd Collins doing? :doh!:

CoMoChief
11-08-2005, 06:08 PM
McCleon should never be allowed to step onto the field as a part of the Chiefs again.

Anyone wanna join me to make sure that doesn't happen??? ;) like ya know, possibly beating him through out the legs and knees.

pak1983
11-08-2005, 06:14 PM
Stinkin' libbie. :cuss:


Actually he is a huge Bush fan.

HolmeZz
11-08-2005, 06:16 PM
"Q: Are you surprised that you’re an underdog this weekend in Buffalo?

VERMEIL: “You know something? I haven’t seen a sports page or listened to anything but NPR since the game ended. So, I have no clue if we’re underdogs, over-dogs, or hot dogs.”

The man has clearly lost it.

HemiEd
11-08-2005, 06:22 PM
"Q: Are you surprised that you’re an underdog this weekend in Buffalo?

VERMEIL: “You know something? I haven’t seen a sports page or listened to anything but NPR since the game ended. So, I have no clue if we’re underdogs, over-dogs, or hot dogs.”

The man has clearly lost it.


That has been his stance since he got here, it makes a lot of sense to me. He avoids getting drawn into trap questions that way.

HolmeZz
11-08-2005, 06:22 PM
I was referring to his rambling.

shaneo69
11-08-2005, 06:23 PM
One of the better group of questions that I have seen asked of him in a while. I can not think of anything left out other than, how is Todd Collins doing? :doh!:


How about..."Dick, who are you going to release or put on IR to make room for Barber?

CosmicPal
11-08-2005, 06:23 PM
He had a hundred questions fired at him and he didn't even answer one clearly. I think he's working for the goverment.

HemiEd
11-08-2005, 06:26 PM
How about..."Dick, who are you going to release or put on IR to make room for Barber?

Answer: "I have not had a meeting with the coaches and coordinators on this yet."

Does that sound about right?

You are right though, that would have been a good question.

OldTownChief
11-08-2005, 06:27 PM
I'm so sick of this idiot. Someone should torture him until he answers a question.

HemiEd
11-08-2005, 06:28 PM
I was referring to his rambling.


Ok, sorry I misunderstood.

shaneo69
11-08-2005, 06:41 PM
Answer: "I have not had a meeting with the coaches and coordinators on this yet."

Does that sound about right?

"Dick, you've had three weeks to meet with your coaches and front office about this. Would it be easier if I just threw out some names of possible cuts, like Boomer Grigsby, Kris Griffin, Khari Long, Jerome Woods, Gary Stills.....which one is it going to be, Dick?"

siberian khatru
11-08-2005, 06:54 PM
Actually he is a huge Bush fan.

Hence, the joke. ;)