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Old 04-29-2005, 01:42 PM  
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kcchiefs.com: Q&A with DV(mini camp) 4/29...

Q&A with DICK VERMEIL
Apr 29, 2005, 2:34:35 PM



Q: Your first impressions of the rookies?



DICK VERMEIL: “I think they had fun. It was only an hour and 15 minutes (practice). When you have to tell them to back off the intensity you know they’re having fun. They get excited and the tempo gets going faster than you’d like it to, so you have to slow them down. Overall, they did a good job.”

Q: What’s your sense about Jason White? I know you invited him to camp.

VERMEIL: “There’s so much pressure and evaluation going on for a young man like him. He’s just one of the 42 kids that are here working out and learning. The quarterbacks go to throw the ball and the receivers go in the wrong direction and that makes it a little tough on the quarterbacks. I thought he did fine.”

Q: What about Kilian, the other quarterback from (Tulsa) Oklahoma you drafted?

VERMEIL: “It’s their first morning. They’ll be a lot better by Sunday. We’re not spending that much time on the field. They get four hours in the meeting room and an hour and 15 minutes on the field. But they’ll get an introduction and we’ll get a chance to evaluate and send them in the right direction.”

Q: As advertised, Boomer Grigsby seems to bring a lot of energy out there.

VERMEIL: “Yeah, you can see that he’s energetic and athletic and what’s very apparent to is Derrick Johnson’s athleticism. See how he moves so gracefully and chases things down. You can see all those skills.”

Q: Is this kind of like Christmas morning when you open up your toys?

VERMEIL: “Not really. Like I told them, they went for an hour and 15 minutes and the first morning of training camp they could be in pads for two and half hours and then come back in the afternoon and do the same thing again. It’s a big difference. There’ll be more players too. But this gives them an introduction.”

Q: Do you sit and evaluate and watch tape after Sunday and maybe bring guys back for training camp?

VERMEIL: “Sure. Ronnie Cruz came out of this program and was on our practice squad. Richard Smith suited up for the Denver Broncos game last year. He came out of a try-out. I’m sure there will be a few kids who we will end up signing out of this group, but it’s really too early after one practice to start guessing who it will be.”

Q: Are there more guys than usual at rookie camp this year?

VERMEIL: “There’s a few more than last year, but this is just the second time we’ve done (a rookie camp). We kept the rookies with the veterans in the past. We decided to bring them along a little bit slower so when the veterans come in for camp they’re caught up a little bit.”

Q: What is it you’re looking for in a player: how he moves, how he…..?

VERMEIL: “The first thing we want to see is the kids we drafted. The second thing we want to see is the kids we’ve already signed as college free agents. Then, the other thing we want to do is see how the kids we haven’t signed move and learn and can react in non-contact type drills.”

Q: This is important for them, right? Would you expect them to maybe a bit nervous?

VERMEIL: “Sure. There were some kids who you can tell were very nervous. They ran out of gas before they even get going, and they’re in good shape. They’re exhausted. Nervous energy.”

Q: Does Jason White find himself behind the eight-ball so to speak with only two quarterback here and he’s the one who was invited and not drafted?

VERMEIL: “We brought him in to given him a workout, expose him to the National Football League. If we don’t sign him it exposes him to the rest of the National Football League. Everybody in the National Football League has seen Jason White play a lot of football, a lot of football. He won the Heisman Trophy because he was a great college football player on a great football team. So, he deserves the right to come into a training camp and work, and also evaluate himself.”

Q: Do you expect to take three or four quarterbacks to training camp?

VERMEIL: “Four.”
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Old 04-29-2005, 02:28 PM   #2
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Q: Is this kind of like Christmas morning when you open up your toys?

VERMEIL: “Not really".


Nothing like being really excited about the new prospects.



And does anybody else get the feeling DV really, really does not want Jason White to be here. All these new toys here, and our interviewer spends more questions on White than anybody....
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Old 04-29-2005, 02:30 PM   #3
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Q: As advertised, Boomer Grigsby seems to bring a lot of energy out there.

VERMEIL: “Yeah, you can see that he’s energetic and athletic and what’s very apparent too is Derrick Johnson’s athleticism. See how he moves so gracefully and chases things down. You can see all those skills.”

You can tell DV likes DJ! Question was about Boomer & he changed it into an evaluation of DJ!
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Old 04-29-2005, 02:43 PM   #4
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Q&A with DICK VERMEIL
Apr 29, 2005, 2:34:35 PM


Q: What about Kilian, the other quarterback from (Tulsa) Oklahoma you drafted?

VERMEIL: “It’s their first morning. They’ll be a lot better by Sunday. We’re not spending that much time on the field. They get four hours in the meeting room and an hour and 15 minutes on the field. But they’ll get an introduction and we’ll get a chance to evaluate and send them in the right direction.”
Is this coach speak for "He really sucks".
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Old 04-29-2005, 03:21 PM   #5
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So what are the odds that White beats out Killian? I think Killian will have the advantage since he was actually drafted, but who knows how White will play in an offense like ours.
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Old 04-29-2005, 03:26 PM   #6
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I keep hearing that the main knock on Jason White is that he doesnt have the arm strength to play in the NFL.

Im not a big college football fan, so who would you compare his arm to?

The weakest pro arm I think ive ever seen is Shaun King's. That guy has a weak arm. If White's arm is like King's arm, I think I would pass on him also.


I dont think you need a rocket arm to play QB in the NFL, Trent Green's arm isnt the strongest in the league, nor guys like Matt Hasselbeck or Marc Bulger, but they still put up huge numbers.

I dont know though, Ive havent seen much film of Jason White. He won the Heisman Trophy, but then so did Eric Crouch.
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Old 04-29-2005, 03:42 PM   #7
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I keep hearing that the main knock on Jason White is that he doesnt have the arm strength to play in the NFL.

Im not a big college football fan, so who would you compare his arm to?

The weakest pro arm I think ive ever seen is Shaun King's. That guy has a weak arm. If White's arm is like King's arm, I think I would pass on him also.


I dont think you need a rocket arm to play QB in the NFL, Trent Green's arm isnt the strongest in the league, nor guys like Matt Hasselbeck or Marc Bulger, but they still put up huge numbers.

I dont know though, Ive havent seen much film of Jason White. He won the Heisman Trophy, but then so did Eric Crouch.
There's alot of guys in the NFL with weak arms. They make up for it somehow.

To play in the NFL, you really have to be exceptional at something, anything. Trent Green doesn't have a rocket arm and makes up for it with smarts. Gannon didn't have a strong arm and made up for it with his feet.

White has nothing that is exceptional. He's not good at progressions or reading defenses, he's not mobile, AND he has a weak arm.
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You can tell DV likes DJ! Question was about Boomer & he changed it into an evaluation of DJ!
Bit of radio I've heard on DJ today makes it sound like he was a man among boys during the first workout. Apparently he looked bigger and faster than anyone on the field. One guy mentioned that in the 7 on 7s, nobody could complete a pass on him, that he was knocking down passes, stripping balls, you name it.
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