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Crying Vermeil Says Goodbye (1 Viewer)

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Emotional Vermeil Bids Farewell to Kansas City Again

Retiring Coach Spends Several Minutes Crying, Thanking People for Support

By DOUG TUCKER, AP

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 3) - Quick! Cue the Johnny Mathis music. **** Vermeil is saying goodbye again.

In what was billed as his last meeting with the media, the retiring coach of the Kansas City Chiefs tried his best to play it straight Tuesday, explaining at the beginning why he would not be mentioning many names.

"Because I get so emotional talking about individual people," he said. "That's just me, and it's tough. I come out in pregame warmups in visiting stadiums and some guy yells, 'Hey, Vermeil, why don't you cry for us?'

"Sooner or later, I get tired of that. But maybe that's me. So today in an attempt to tell the truth, be honest with you and share some good thoughts, I'm purposefully going to leave out as many names as I can."

But the two-time Super Bowl coach just couldn't help his lovable old self. In the next tearful 15 minutes, he mentioned by name in a quivering voice his wife, quarterback, general manager, assistant general manager, assistant strength and conditioning coach, wide receiver, director of football operations, public relations director, assistant public relations director, scout, research coordinator and various other coaches who have called to wish him well, such as Marty Schottenheimer, Mike Shanahan, Bill Walsh and Joe Gibbs.

Also thanked for their support but left unnamed were the stadium security guards, equipment people and groundskeepers.

Making it even more emotional for Vermeil, 69, who was 44-36 in his five years in Kansas City, was the fact that almost everyone he talked about was in the back of the room. And many of them had moist eyes themselves.

"Nobody ever says, 'You know, coach, if you guys hadn't done as great a job you wouldn't have won as many games as you did,"' Vermeil said. "That's not how we're evaluated. We're evaluated on how many games we win, and that's the way it ought to be."

Looking at Trent Green, the starting quarterback for every game in Kansas City that he coached, Vermeil could barely be heard.

"Trent, I love you," he said.

Finally, when thanking his assistant coaches, he abandoned any effort at maintaining his composure.

"They know how I feel," he said. "You know why they know how I feel? Because I tell them I love them. Why feel something about somebody and not express it? What good does it do?"

Coming in for special praise was Billy Long, the assistant strength and conditioning coach.

"He tells me he loves me every day and I tell him the same thing."

In the meantime, the search for Vermeil's successor was kept under as dark a cloud as general manager Carl Peterson could find. Peterson refused to mention anyone he was considering and declined even to say if he would ask the New York Jets for permission to talk with Herman Edwards, thought to be his No. 1 candidate.

"I'm not going to comment on any of that today, speculation on who I'm talking to, who I may talk to, who I may not talk to," he said. "I would just prefer to keep that confidential. I enjoy listening to your speculations."

But he did seem to deny reports that Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops had been in his private box in Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday when the Chiefs closed out the Vermeil era with a victory over Cincinnati.

"There were some people here at the game that I missed," Peterson said. "I didn't see him in my booth. I'm going to send him a note and tell him I wish he'd come up and said hello."

01/03/06 19:13 EST

 
Did anyone else watch the press conference?At one point he rattled off all the team records broken while he was coach, and other stats as if he was trying to vilify his tenure in KC...it was rather awkward, especially since he was so emotional while reading stats.I never saw anything like it before when a coach retired, just wondering if anyone else caught it.

 
Being sensitive to a point is a good thing, but Vermeil takes it to the level of uncomfortable to watch.

 
Did anyone else watch the press conference?

At one point he rattled off all the team records broken while he was coach, and other stats as if he was trying to vilify his tenure in KC...it was rather awkward, especially since he was so emotional while reading stats.

I never saw anything like it before when a coach retired, just wondering if anyone else caught it.
Saw it....it was a pathetic display of arrogance and he looked like a man desperate for approaval.
 
I remember seeing him balling last year when talking about the relationship he had with his QB Trent Green :lmao:

 
Vermiel ordering at the drivethrough:VERMIEL: I'll have a :cry: ...DRIVETHROUGH VOICE: Excuse me, sir, I didn't catch that.VERMIEL: I said the number 3 with fries and :cry: :cry: :cry: DRIVETHROUGH VOICE: Sir? VERMIEL: I love this place, I really do. And I love you, too. :cry: DRIVETHROUGH VOICE: Are you going to order anything?VERMIEL: It all looks so perfect. You pick something! :cry: DRIVETHROUGH VOICE: Please drive up to the window.VERMIEL: :cry:

 
I like **** Vermeil as a coach, and as a person. I've never seen anything wrong with his emotional attachment to his players. He not only loves the game, but he loves his players who play the game. With all the macho coaches out there that do their coach speak with their game faces, I think it is refreshing to see a coach be so real to his true being, even with the risk of being vulnerable to the butt of jokes. At age 69, he isn't bad on the eyes either. I'm sure his wife doesn't mind him crying on her shoulder.

 
Vermiel ordering at the drivethrough:

VERMIEL: I'll have a :cry: ...

DRIVETHROUGH VOICE: Excuse me, sir, I didn't catch that.

VERMIEL: I said the number 3 with fries and :cry: :cry: :cry:

DRIVETHROUGH VOICE: Sir?

VERMIEL: I love this place, I really do. And I love you, too. :cry:

DRIVETHROUGH VOICE: Are you going to order anything?

VERMIEL: It all looks so perfect. You pick something! :cry:

DRIVETHROUGH VOICE: Please drive up to the window.

VERMIEL: :cry:
:lmao:
 
Vermiel ordering at the drivethrough:

VERMIEL: I'll have a  :cry: ...

DRIVETHROUGH VOICE: Excuse me, sir, I didn't catch that.

VERMIEL: I said the number 3 with fries and  :cry:   :cry:   :cry:

DRIVETHROUGH VOICE: Sir?

VERMIEL: I love this place, I really do. And I love you, too.  :cry:

DRIVETHROUGH VOICE: Are you going to order anything?

VERMIEL:  It all looks so perfect. You pick something! :cry:

DRIVETHROUGH VOICE: Please drive up to the window.

VERMIEL:  :cry:
:lmao:
Maybe next year the drive through voice will say: "hey, coach. you want the usual". And Vermeil responds, "thanks trent".
 
I like **** Vermeil as a coach, and as a person. I've never seen anything wrong with his emotional attachment to his players. He not only loves the game, but he loves his players who play the game. With all the macho coaches out there that do their coach speak with their game faces, I think it is refreshing to see a coach be so real to his true being, even with the risk of being vulnerable to the butt of jokes. At age 69, he isn't bad on the eyes either. I'm sure his wife doesn't mind him crying on her shoulder.
:eek:
 
I like **** Vermeil as a coach, and as a person.    I've never seen anything wrong with his emotional attachment to his players.    He not only loves the game, but he loves his players who play the game.    With all the macho coaches out there that do their coach speak with their game faces, I think it is refreshing to see a coach be so real to his true being, even with the risk of being vulnerable to the butt of jokes.  At age 69, he isn't bad on the eyes either.    I'm sure his wife doesn't mind him crying on her shoulder.
:eek:
:unsure:
 
I like **** Vermeil as a coach, and as a person.    I've never seen anything wrong with his emotional attachment to his players.    He not only loves the game, but he loves his players who play the game.     With all the macho coaches out there that do their coach speak with their game faces, I think it is refreshing to see a coach be so real to his true being, even with the risk of being vulnerable to the butt of jokes.   At age 69, he isn't bad on the eyes either.    I'm sure his wife doesn't mind him crying on her shoulder.
:eek:
:unsure:
nttawwt
 

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