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Vermeil back in St. Louis? Nope
By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Sunday, Jan. 08 2006
The Rams, of course, are looking for a new head coach. And just in case you
were wondering, Dick Vermeil says. . . .
"No. I know it's time."
As in time to retire. Vermeil announced his retirement Monday from the Kansas
City Chiefs, and from coaching. This time, it sounds like he means it.
So nothing about a return to St. Louis sounds appealing?
"St. Louis is always appealing," Vermeil said. "But not at this stage of my
At age 69, Vermeil looks fit. Certainly fit enough to keep coaching.
"I feel good," he said. "Physically, I feel good. But emotionally, I get
drained and that doesn't show."
As he looks around the NFL landscape, and sees all the coaching vacancies,
Vermeil said he remains grateful for the chance he got in St. Louis.
"I'm looking at all the coaching changes here and wondering: Which one of these
teams would call a guy after 14 years out of the game and give him a chance to
kick-start his career again?" Vermeil said. "There isn't a person out there who
would do it.
"To take a chance on someone like me, at a very critical time in a franchise's
history, I can't tell you how indebted I am to Georgia (Frontiere) and John
Shaw, and that organization."
As the Rams search for a new coach to replace Mike Martz - who was Vermeil's
successor here - Vermeil wishes they'd give Al Saunders a call.
"He's going to be a head coach," Vermeil said. "I was hoping the Rams would be
interested in him, but obviously they're not. But I was hoping they would be,
because he loves St. Louis."
Saunders was wide receivers coach for Vermeil during the Rams' 1999 Super Bowl
championship season, and added the title of associate head coach to those
duties with the Rams in 2000 under Martz.
For the last five seasons, Saunders has been assistant head coach-offensive
coordinator for Vermeil in Kansas City.
"Over the last four years, we're No. 1 in the NFL in yardage gained, and No. 2
in points scored," Vermeil said. "So that isn't too bad."
Re: Vermeil back in St. Louis? Nope
I didn't even expect him to come back and Coach us. I never thought about that. Thanks for the article though!RamsFan16