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KCChiefsFan88
11-11-2005, 01:21 PM
I thought Vermeil's answer to the first question was interesting, considering after the Raiders game he said how maybe the coaches need to learn more about the strengths of this football team now with all the injuries and do things that better suit the talent playing now (i.e. Larry Johnson being a better inside the tackles runner). But now Vermeil is indicating they are going to change their running style. Hmmm


http://www.kcchiefs.com/news/2005/11/11/qa_with_coach_vermeilbuff2f/





Q&A WITH COACH VERMEIL
Nov 11, 2005, 8:36:34 AM



Q: With Larry Johnson in the lineup now as the starter will you employ a more vertical running attack, go straight ahead?



D. VERMEIL: No, we wont change our running attack.

Q: What about his pass protection? Is he getting better?

VERMEIL: Im always concerned about him having a breakdown. Physically he can do it and by now we expect him to.

Q: Are you happy with what hes doing now?

VERMEIL: Yeah I am. Im very happy. Im very pleased. I have a lot of confidence in him because Ive seen him under pressure before when hes had to step up and carry the load for an entire ballgame. I think back to December (of 2004) when he played against Denver and against the Chargers. Hes been under the gun before.

Q: Is Surtain going to play?

VERMEIL: I think hes more probable now, but I dont know. His replacement (Dewayne Washington), you know, received the defensive game ball, also received the special teams game ball. First time in my coaching career Ive seen the same guy win both. Thats outstanding and Larry Johnson got the offensive game ball.

Q: Have you looked at other running backs besides Dee Brown?

VERMEIL: Griffin, the Denver Broncos former player, weve brought in before. We think he can play but our offense has such a huge volume that it is very, very difficult for a player to step in unless hes been in the scheme and we dont want to restrict our scheme because of one player. Now, if you had to, you would. But Dee Brown is very capable and was very smart in training camp and he normally would have made our 53-man roster at the time we went to the final cut.

Q: Samie Parkers status?

VERMEIL: Samie Parker worked with the first unit today.

Q; So hell.

VERMEIL: I dont know. It depends on how his knee responds after working?

Q: What about Willie Roaf?

VERMEIL: Roaf is still doubtful but hes making progress.

Q: Do you expect him to be back by the Houston game?

VERMEIL: Oh, I would expect to have him back. I would like to think we will. But again, Im not a trainer or a doctor. I just go on what they tell me a player can do.

Q: What about Greg Wesley?

VERMEIL: I think right now hes questionable. He is getting better.

Q: Is Bartee taking his reps?

VERMEIL: Bartees working at safety.

Q: Whats been the biggest area of growth for Larry Johnson since he got here?

VERMEIL: I think understanding theres a role to play. His role was a little tougher to handle initially because he was drafted number one. You think all of a sudden youre going to be the marquee running back and youre not. Youre behind another marquee running back and that was hard for him to handle. That and the whole environment of the National Football League and what it takes to be a National Football League player. Its not unique to him, its the same with all rookies who come in who have high expectations and put pressure on themselves. I think the big thing now is hes matured into an NFL football player and knowing what it takes, how to prepare, and what he has to do to be totally prepared and how to try and stay out of the limelight off the field because youre a target for people out there because everybody knows who you are.

Q: Last year when he played you were on the way to a 7-9 season and out of contention. This year hes got something to play for and is carrying the ground game. Is this when he proves what he can do and carry a club?

VERMEIL: I dont think theres any doubt. I dont think he has to prove it to anybody; hes already done it. With a running back its so much easier to evaluate where he is and what he has and what hes going to end up being. Last year he made a lot of long runs and big runs and strong runs, just like he has already this year. So, I think hes more than proved his value and quality.

Q: Dee Brown said he doesnt think hes forgotten too much from training camp. Do you think hes gotten a firm grasp of the offense?

VERMEIL: Yeah, hes done very well. Hes a very bright guy and very athletic and thats a nice combination. He stepped in and done very well. Its not like learning it all over again.

(Running backs coach) James Saxon would talk to him through the whole time (he was gone), checking in with him and letting him know. We try to be honest with our players in letting them know why I was (bringing him in), like when I told him why I was letting him go. I told him if I had the opportunity to bring him back I would. Hes stayed in shape and did what we asked him to do.

Q: If something did happen to Larry would you be more inclined to go with one back like (Tony) Richardson?

VERMEIL: I dont know. T-Rich can play both spots, so that could happen.

KCChiefsFan88
11-11-2005, 01:23 PM
But now Vermeil is indicating they are going to change their running style. Hmmm



sorry meant to say aren't going to change their running style

Numbah One
11-11-2005, 01:28 PM
Vermeil is lying, but I don't fault him. He doesn't want to let on anything to the opponent.

We will see more straight-ahead running this week.

milkman
11-11-2005, 01:34 PM
Vermeil is lying, but I don't fault him. He doesn't want to let on anything to the opponent.

I always assume he's lying.......

We will see more straight-ahead running this week.

.....which makes this something of connundrum for me.

My initial reaction to the second sentence is, yeah, I'll belleve it when I see it.

But I know Dick is lying.


I'm so confused????!!!!! :doh!: :eek:

Rausch
11-11-2005, 01:35 PM
Vermeil is lying, but I don't fault him. He doesn't want to let on anything to the opponent.

We will see more straight-ahead running this week.

Exactly.

"Q: With Larry Johnson in the lineup now as the starter will you employ a more vertical running attack, go straight ahead?

DV: Yeah, we plan to use a lot of iso's and cut down on the stretch plays. Our whole game plan revolves on attacking the LB who's replacing Takeo Spikes. We play to move Gonzo in motion to the left, trying to pull the attention of the SS over there, and then just pound the ball..."

the Talking Can
11-11-2005, 01:37 PM
DV is a liar for not broadcasting our game plan to the entire world?

Rausch
11-11-2005, 01:38 PM
DV is a liar for not broadcasting our game plan to the entire world?

That's kind of where I was going with my post, but...

foxman
11-11-2005, 01:58 PM
Vermeil is lying, but I don't fault him. He doesn't want to let on anything to the opponent.

We will see more straight-ahead running this week.

The article was great and all but GoChiefs, that AVATAR is hilarious....that is all.
ROFL

milkman
11-11-2005, 02:11 PM
DV is a liar for not broadcasting our game plan to the entire world?

No one said there is anything wrong with that.

He could say, "Well I can't discuss what we plan, I don't want to broadcast our gameplan to the entire world."