Today marks the first day of the Kansas City Chiefs three-day mandatory minicamp as this week will be the last week of practices before the team meets for training camp next month. Head coach Andy Reid leads the Chiefs to this next stage of the offseason program and today he will have a good friend and former Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil in attendance to watch practice.
Vermeil, who lives outside of Philadelphia, has always had an appreciation for Andy Reid as a person and a coach. He occasionally would visit the Philadelphia Eagles facilities, a team he also coached, to watch Reid go about his business. And when Reid's tenure in Philly came to an end a year ago and the Chiefs parted ways with their head coach Romeo Crennel, it opened up possibilities for both parties. And Vermeil would be relied upon for advice. Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt gave a call to Vermeil at the end of last season to get his opinion on the team's head coaching vacancy.
From the Kansas City Star:
"He wanted to know my opinions on the coaches available," said Vermeil. "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 Mr. Hunt called Reid to inquire about his interest in coaching the Chiefs and the ball rolled from there. And after the Chiefs called, Andy wanted to know what Vermeil thought about the possibility.
"I knew he was going to call," said Vermeil on Reid. "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 great in the community and he's an outstanding football coach. He needed a change, I felt."
After a poor end to last season in Philadelphia and missing back-to-back postseasons for the first time ever, it was time for Reid to make a change. And Vermeil felt he would be rejuvenated with the Chiefs. From there, the rest was history. Within a week from the end of the 2012 season, the Chiefs had hired their 13th new head coach in franchise history in Andy Reid.
"This is just a great place to be," Vermeil said. "It's refreshing to him. This is a great football city."
The last time the Chiefs were highly competitive and had a legitimate chance at a Super Bowl, Dick Vermeil was at the helm. With his help and influence, now Andy Reid is calling the shots in KC. And Chiefs fans hope they become legitimate contenders for a championship again.
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