- Dick Vermeil
Dick Vermeil Date of birth October 30, 1936 Place of birth Calistoga, California Position(s) Head Coach College San Jose State Awards 2003 Maxwell Football Club NFL COY
1999 AP Coach of the Year
1999 Sporting News COY
1999 Pro Football Weekly COY
1999 Maxwell Football Club NFL COY
1979 Sporting News COY
1979 Pro Football Weekly COY
1978 UPI NFL COY (NFC)
Career record 126–114–0 (including Postseason) Super Bowl wins 1999 Super Bowl XXXIV Championships won 1999 NFC Championship
1980 NFC Championship
1976 Rose Bowl (1975 season)
Stats Coaching stats Pro Football Reference Coaching stats DatabaseFootball Team(s) as a coach/administrator 1969
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Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
St. Louis Rams*
Kansas City Chiefs*
Richard Albert "Dick" Vermeil (pronounced /vərˈmiːl/; born October 30, 1936) is a former American head coach for the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles (1976–1982), St. Louis Rams (1997–1999) and Kansas City Chiefs (2001–2005). He is in the Sid Gillman coaching tree and has coached at every level; Vermeil owns the distinction of being named “Coach of the Year” on four levels: High School, Junior College, NCAA Division I and Professional Football.
Early coaching years
Vermeil graduated in 1959 with an M.A. from San Jose State University, where he was the backup quarterback. After serving as assistant coach for San Jose’s Del Mar High School football team for one season and for Hillsdale High School in nearby San Mateo, he then went to Foothill College with coach Bill Walker. During the 1964-1965 school year he was weightlifting coach at College of San Mateo with his brother as an assistant. The following year he was at Diablo Valley College as a football coach. In 1965-1966, he coached Stanford University's freshman football team. Vermeil was hired as the NFL's first ever Special Teams coach by George Allen's Los Angeles Rams in 1969. Except for 1970, when he was an assistant coach with UCLA, he would remain with the Rams until 1974 when he was named as head coach by UCLA. Vermeil compiled a 15–5–3 record in two seasons (1974–1975) as head coach at UCLA, including a 9–2–1 record in 1975 when Vermeil led the Bruins to their first conference championship in 10 years, and a win in the Rose Bowl over an undefeated and number 1 ranked Ohio State team.
Vermeil began his NFL head coaching career in 1976 with the Philadelphia Eagles. Before his first season, he decided to host open tryouts. In those tryouts, he found WR/SP Vince Papale, who was a great special teamer. His forced fumble against the New York Giants in 1976 led to Vermeil's first win as an Eagle. Due to bad trades by past Eagles coaches, Vermeil did not have a 1st round draft pick until 1978, but Vermeil did big things with the talent he had inherited from previous coaches. He built the Eagles into a winning team by working players very hard during training camp and the off-season. He expected everyone to understand that winning meant hard work and sacrifice.
It took time to make the Eagles a winning team, but by 1978, the Eagles made the playoffs for the first time in 18 seasons. That 1978 season featured breakthrough years by NFL stars Ron Jaworski, Wilbert Montgomery, and one of the greatest games in Eagles history — the seminal Miracle at the Meadowlands. The Eagles were losing to the New York Giants with seconds to play and when the Giants fumbled the ball, Herman Edwards recovered the ball and ran it back for a touchdown for a miraculous 19–17 victory that helped the Eagles and their fans become true believers in Vermeil's optimistic outlook.
Another important part of Vermeil's success in Philadelphia was his success versus the team that Philadelphia fans love to hate - the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys were coached by the legendary Tom Landry, and Vermeil's Eagles gave the Cowboys many tough battles. Two victories over Landry's Cowboys endeared Vermeil to Eagles fans.
The first was a Monday Night game versus Dallas in 1979 when rookie kicker Tony Franklin made a 59 yard field goal and Ron Jaworski played a great game to lead the Eagles to a 31–21 victory that was the first Eagles victory in Dallas in over a decade.
The other victory over Landry's Cowboys was the 1980 NFC Championship game that featured a great performance from RB Wilbert Montgomery and the Eagles defense, led by Bill Bergey, John Bunting, and Frank LeMaster. It put the Eagles into the first Super Bowl in franchise history. Even though the Eagles eventually lost the Super Bowl that season, (to Oakland, 27–10), Vermeil had taken the Eagles franchise to heights few had ever dreamed possible when he was first hired in 1976.
He was named the NFL's Coach of the Year in 1980, and led the Eagles into Super Bowl XV after defeating the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC championship. He retired for the first time after the 1982 season citing burnout.
For the next 15 years, Vermeil spent time working as a sports announcer for the likes of CBS and ABC. Vermeil's time with the Eagles is featured in the 2006 movie Invincible in which the movie depicts open-tryouts as how 30-year old Vince Papale made the team. In actuality, Vermeil had seen tape of Papale playing semi-pro ball in Philadelphia and invited him to a workout and a subsequent tryout.
Following the 1994 season, the Eagles fired Rich Kotite and owner Jeffrey Lurie inquired about bringing back Vermeil as coach. However, the Eagles and Vermeil could not come to a contractual agreement. The Eagles would eventually hire Ray Rhodes to be their head coach. Vermeil issued a statement saying, "I'm not going to beg Jeffrey Lurie to coach this football team."
St. Louis Rams
Vermeil returned to coaching with the St. Louis Rams in 1997. His first two years with the Rams were abysmal: the Rams won 5 and lost 11 games in 1997, and the following season they went 4–12. The 1999 season looked to start just as badly, when new starting quarterback Trent Green was injured in the pre-season. However, Green's injury allowed the unknown Kurt Warner to start. Under Warner, the Rams offense exploded, and they finished the 1999 season with a record of 13-3. It was one of the biggest single-year turnarounds in NFL history. Vermeil led the Rams to their first ever Super Bowl victory in Super Bowl XXXIV later that season with a 23-16 win over the Tennessee Titans. He was also named NFL Coach of the Year for the second time for the 1999 season. He walked away from coaching again after the Rams' Super Bowl victory.
Kansas City Chiefs
Soon after retiring in 2000, Vermeil signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on January 12, 2001 despite his retirement following the Super Bowl win with the Rams. His first season with the Chiefs, the 2001 season, was anything but spectacular. The Chiefs finished a 6–10 record, their worst record since 1988. Vermeil and the Chiefs made some major changes for the 2002 season, where the Chiefs would improve to 8–8. The Chiefs had the NFL's best offense in 2002, led by Priest Holmes, Trent Green, Tony Gonzalez, Dante Hall, and offensive linemen Willie Roaf and Will Shields. In 2003 the Chiefs started the season 9–0 and finished with a 13–3 record, making the playoffs and winning the AFC West. They also had the NFL's top ranked offense for the second straight year. The Chiefs went 7–9 in 2004, even though they had the NFL's top ranked offense for the third consecutive year. The Chiefs performed poorly due to their soft defense, which was ranked 31st out of 32 teams in the league.
Vermeil returned with the Chiefs for the 2005 season with one of the NFL's best offenses, and an improved defense. Vermeil's play calling in 2005 uncharacteristically included more high risk calls. Pro Bowl running back and team leader Priest Holmes suffered a season-ending injury against the San Diego Chargers in the eighth week of the season. However, his injury allowed the emerging Larry Johnson to start in his place. Under Johnson, the Chiefs' offense continued at its usual explosive pace. On December 31, Vermeil announced that he would retire at the conclusion of the 2005 season, and the next day he led the Chiefs to a 37–3 rout over the Cincinnati Bengals. However, the Chiefs failed to make the playoffs, despite their 10–6 record.
Vermeil is remembered for his frequent emotional breakdowns during press conferences, including crying when getting emotional. This display of emotion has helped make him a popular coach among fans. Vermeil lives in the historic Country Club Plaza district of Kansas City. When not in Kansas City, the entire Vermeil family enjoys spending time and working on “The Ranch,” a 114-acre (0.46 km2) homestead located outside Philadelphia in rural Chester County, Pennsylvania. He is also a huge supporter of the Chester County Council Boy Scouts of America and is a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, which was coincidentally awarded at the same time he was named head coach of the Chiefs in 2001. His annual golf invitational has brought in over $1 million to the Council's operational fund.
True to his Napa Valley roots, Vermeil partnered with OnTheEdge Winery and produced his own self-proclaimed “Garage Cabernet” wine, named in honor of his father, Jean Louis Vermeil. After football, wine is Vermeil's biggest passion. Vermeil was actually once reprimanded by the NFL when during a game he promised kicker (and fellow wine connoisseur) Morten Andersen a bottle of Bryant Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon if he could kick the game-winning field goal versus Oakland. Andersen made the kick, but upon hearing about the offer, the NFL reminded Vermeil and the Chiefs that the $500 bottle of wine was considered a performance-based incentive bonus not written into Andersen's contract, and the gift was disallowed. Villa di Roma, an Italian restaurant in Philadelphia, named one of its signature dishes “Steak Vermeil” in Vermeil’s honor.
During his first retirement, Vermeil worked as a game analyst for ABC Sports college football and NFL playoff broadcasts, most of the time paired with Brent Musburger. Currently, Vermeil works as a game analyst on broadcasts of college football and NFL games on NFL Network, with recent work during the 2006 Insight Bowl.
A Coors Light commercial featuring manipulated archival footage of Vermeil at a press conference debuted in 2006.
On November 2, 2008, Vermeil was honored by the St. Louis Rams organization with the placing of his name on the "Ring of Honor" around the inside of the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
The 2001 book autobiography Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story (ISBN 9781582612706) includes a quote in a forward from Vermeil: "He could very well be the Will Rogers of the coaching profession." In 2011 former Penn State defensive coach Sandusky was arrested on 40 counts of child sexual abuse. A 2011 account about the book said "Sandusky paints a picture of himself as someone who would consistently take risks in pursuit of what he often refers to as 'mischief'" and there are many other citations and quotes which look "different in light of the horrendous allegations". After the indictment and the firing of Joe Paterno (Sandusky's long-time immediate boss) and PSU president Graham B. Spanier, it was reported that Vermeil on November 8, 2011, "told [Philadelphia] Action News, 'I don’t think there’s anything that could discolor the quality of Joe Paterno’s legacy.'" Vermeil also served on the Honorary Board of Sandusky's Second Mile children's foundation, along with Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, Matt Millen from ESPN, actor Mark Wahlberg and football player Franco Harris, among others.. It was reported on November 11, 2011, that Vermeil hadn't "spoken to [Sandusky] since the scandal broke. 'It's a blindside,' Vermeil said. 'That's all I can say.' 'If it's true, he's a sick man. He had an illness none of us knew about. That's all.'"
Vermeil and his wife, Carol have three children and 11 grandchildren , their son Rick and his wife Colleen are parents of grandchildren Kelly, Rick, Billy and Megan. Their son Dave and his wife Janet are parents of grandchildren Jack, Amy and Andy. Their daughter Nancy and her husband Steve Barnett are parents of grandchildren James, Tommy, Stevie and Christopher.
Head coaching record
Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP° UCLA Bruins (Pacific-8 Conference) (1974–1975) 1974 UCLA 6–3–2 4–2–1 T–3rd 1975 UCLA 9–2–1 6–1 T–1st W Rose 5 5 UCLA: 15–5–3 10–3–1 Total: 15–5–3 National Championship Conference Title Conference Division Title #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
Team Year Regular season Post-season Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result PHI 1976 4 10 0 .286 4th in NFC East - - - - PHI 1977 5 9 0 .357 4th in NFC East - - - - PHI 1978 9 7 0 .563 2nd in NFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to Atlanta Falcons in NFC Wild-Card Game. PHI 1979 11 5 0 .688 2nd in NFC East 1 1 .500 Lost to Tampa Bay Buccaneers in NFC Divisional Game. PHI 1980 12 4 0 .750 1st in NFC East 2 1 .667 Lost to Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XV. PHI 1981 10 6 0 .625 2nd in NFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to New York Giants in NFC Wild-Card Game. PHI 1982 3 6 0 .333 PHI Total 54 47 0 .535 3 4 .429 STL 1997 5 11 0 .313 5th in NFC West - - - - STL 1998 4 12 0 .250 5th in NFC West - - - - STL 1999 13 3 0 .813 1st in NFC West 3 0 1.000 Super Bowl XXXIV Champions. STL Total 22 26 0 .458 3 0 1.000 KAN 2001 6 10 0 .375 4th in AFC West - - - - KAN 2002 8 8 0 .500 4th in AFC West - - - - KAN 2003 13 3 0 .813 1st in AFC West 0 1 .000 Lost to Indianapolis Colts in AFC Divisional Game. KAN 2004 7 9 0 .438 3rd in AFC West - - - - KAN 2005 10 6 0 .625 2nd in AFC West - - - - KAN Total 44 36 0 .550 0 1 .000 Total 120 109 0 .524 6 5 .545
- List of celebrities who own wineries and vineyards
- ^ a b Merrill, Elizabeth, "No one, it seems, knows Jerry Sandusky", ESPN.com, November 11, 2011 4:17 pm ET. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- ^ Jerry Sandusky's book titled 'Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story', Los Angeles Times, November 7, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- ^ "Jerry Sandusky's autobiography 'Touched' contains passages that now make the reader cringe", Harrisburg PA Patriot-News, November 12, 2011, 4 pm/10:27 pm. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- ^ Rys, Richard, "Ditka, Vermeil Sound Off On PSU Scandal: Apparently, the media’s to blame for JoePa’s ruined rep", The Philly Post, 11/09/2011. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- ^ Shorr-Parks, Eliot, "Andy Reid, Dick Vermeil on Honorary Board for Sandusky Organization", Yard Barker blog; "with FoxSports.com on MSN" upper right in page logo; 11/10/2011. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- ^ Dick Vermeil Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks - Pro-Football-Reference.com
Awards and achievements Preceded by
Super Bowl Winning Head Coaches
Super Bowl XXXIV, 2000
UCLA Bruins head football coaches
Fred Cozens (1919) • Harry Trotter (1920–1922) • James J. Cline (1923–1924) • William H. Spaulding (1925–1938) • Edwin C. Horrell (1939–1944) • Bert LaBrucherie (1945–1948) • Henry Russell Sanders (1949–1957) • George W. Dickerson (1958) • William F. Barnes (1958–1964) • Tommy Prothro (1965–1970) • Pepper Rodgers (1971–1973) • Dick Vermeil (1974–1975) • Terry Donahue (1976–1995) • Bob Toledo (1996–2002) • Ed Kezirian # (2002) • Karl Dorrell (2003–2007) • DeWayne Walker # (2007) • Rick Neuheisel (2008– )Pound sign (#) denotes interim head coach.
Philadelphia Eagles head coaches
Lud Wray (1933–1935) • Bert Bell (1936–1940) • Earle "Greasy" Neale (1941–1950) • Bo McMillin (1951) • Wayne Millner (1951) • Jim Trimble (1952–1955) • Hugh Devore (1956–1957) • Buck Shaw (1958–1960) • Nick Skorich (1961–1963) • Joe Kuharich (1964–1968) • Jerry Williams (1969–1971) • Ed Khayat (1971–1972) • Mike McCormack (1973–1975) • Dick Vermeil (1976–1982) • Marion Campbell (1983–1985) • Fred Bruney (1985) • Buddy Ryan (1986–1990) • Rich Kotite (1991–1994) • Ray Rhodes (1995–1998) • Andy Reid (1999– )
Cleveland / Los Angeles / St. Louis Rams head coaches
Damon Wetzel (1936) • Hugo Bezdek (1937–1938) • Art Lewis # (1938) • Dutch Clark (1939–1942) • No team (1943) • Aldo Donelli (1944) • Adam Walsh (1945–1946) • Bob Snyder (1947) • Clark Shaughnessy (1948–1949) • Joe Stydahar (1950–1952) • Hamp Pool (1952–1954) • Sid Gillman (1955–1959) • Bob Waterfield (1960–1962) • Harland Svare (1962–1965) • George Allen (1966–1970) • Tommy Prothro (1971–1972) • Chuck Knox (1973–1977) • Ray Malavasi (1978–1982) • John Robinson (1983–1991) • Chuck Knox (1992–1994) • Rich Brooks (1995–1996) • Dick Vermeil (1997–1999) • Mike Martz (2000–2005) • Joe Vitt # (2005) • Scott Linehan (2006–2008) • Jim Haslett # (2008) • Steve Spagnuolo (2009– )Pound sign (#) denotes interim head coach.
Cleveland / Los Angeles / St. Louis Rams General Managers Dallas Texans / Kansas City Chiefs head coaches
Hank Stram (1960–1974) • Paul Wiggin (1975–1977) • Tom Bettis # (1977) • Marv Levy (1978–1982) • John Mackovic (1983–1986) • Frank Gansz (1987–1988) • Marty Schottenheimer (1989–1998) • Gunther Cunningham (1999–2000) • Dick Vermeil (2001–2005) • Herman Edwards (2006–2008) • Todd Haley (2009– )Pound sign (#) denotes interim head coach.
Eagles Honor Roll inductees1987: Chuck Bednarik, Bert Bell, Harold Carmichael, Bill Hewitt, Sonny Jurgensen, Wilbert Montgomery, Earle "Greasy" Neale, Pete Pihos, Ollie Matson, Jim Ringo, Norm Van Brocklin, Steve Van Buren, and Alex Wojciechowicz | 1988: Bill Bergey and Tommy McDonald | 1989: Tom Brookshier and Pete Retzlaff | 1990: Timmy Brown | 1991: Jerry Sisemore and Stan Walters | 1992: Ron Jaworski | 1993: Bill Bradley | 1994: Dick Vermeil | 1995: Jim Gallagher and Mike Quick | 1996: Jerome Brown | 1999: Otho Davis | 2005: Reggie White | 2009: Randall Cunningham and Al Wistert | 2011: Eric Allen and Jim Johnson St. Louis Football Ring Of Fame NFL Coach of the Year Award from the Associated Press1957: Wilson | 1958: Ewbank | 1959: Lombardi | 1960: Shaw | 1961: Sherman | 1962: Sherman | 1963: Halas | 1964: Shula | 1965: Halas | 1966: Landry | 1967: Allen & Shula | 1968: Shula | 1969: Grant | 1970: Nolan | 1971: Allen | 1972: Shula | 1973: Knox | 1974: Coryell | 1975: Marchibroda | 1976: Gregg | 1977: Miller | 1978: Patera | 1979: Pardee | 1980: Knox | 1981: Walsh | 1982: Gibbs | 1983: Gibbs | 1984: Knox | 1985: Ditka | 1986: Parcells | 1987: Mora | 1988: Ditka | 1989: Infante | 1990: Johnson | 1991: Fontes | 1992: Cowher | 1993: Reeves | 1994: Parcells | 1995: Rhodes | 1996: Capers | 1997: Fassel | 1998: Reeves | 1999: Vermeil | 2000: Haslett | 2001: Jauron | 2002: Reid | 2003: Belichick | 2004: Schottenheimer | 2005: Smith | 2006: Payton | 2007: Belichick | 2008: M. Smith | 2009: Lewis | 2010: Belichick Sporting News Sportsman/Pro Athlete of the Year
1968: Denny McLain | 1969: Tom Seaver | 1970: John Wooden | 1971: Lee Trevino | 1972: Charlie Finley | 1973: O.J. Simpson | 1974: Lou Brock | 1975: Archie Griffin | 1976: Larry O'Brien | 1977: Steve Cauthen | 1978: Ron Guidry | 1979: Willie Stargell | 1980: George Brett | 1981: Wayne Gretzky | 1982: Whitey Herzog | 1983: Bowie Kuhn | 1984: Peter Ueberroth | 1985: Pete Rose | 1986: Larry Bird | 1987: None | 1988: Jackie Joyner-Kersee | 1989: Joe Montana | 1990: Nolan Ryan | 1991: Michael Jordan | 1992: Mike Krzyzewski | 1993: Cito Gaston & Pat Gillick | 1994: Emmitt Smith | 1995: Cal Ripken, Jr. | 1996: Joe Torre | 1997: Mark McGwire | 1998: Mark McGwire & Sammy Sosa | 1999: New York Yankees | 2000: Marshall Faulk & Kurt Warner | 2001: Curt Schilling | 2002: Tyrone Willingham | 2003: Dick Vermeil & Jack McKeon | 2004: Tom Brady | 2005: Matt Leinart | 2006: Dwyane Wade | 2007: Tom Brady | 2008: Eli Manning | 2009: Mariano Rivera | 2010: Roy Halladay
Walter Camp Distinguished American Award winners
1978—James Crowley, 1979—David "Sonny" Werblin, 1980—George Halas, 1980—Alexander Haig, 1981—Harold "Red" Grange, 1982—Eddie Robinson, 1983—Tom Harmon, 1984—LTG Bill Carpenter, 1985—Bob Hope 1986—Tom Landry, 1987—Weeb Ewbank, 1988—Sid Luckman/Y.A. Tittle, 1989—Burt Reynolds, 1989—Dick Kazmaier, 1990—Tex Schramm, 1991—Alexander Kroll, 1992—Cami Cozza, 1993—Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, 1994—Paul Tagliabue, 1995—Keith Jackson, 1996—Dick Ebersol, 1997—Steve Largent, 1998—Steve Young 1999—Bo Schembechler, 2000—Gene Upshaw, 2001—New York City Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Service Personnel 2002—Regis Philbin, 2003—Bill Walsh, 2004—Pat Summerall, 2006—Dick Vermeil, 2007—Frank Broyles, 2008—Len Dawson, 2009—Robin Roberts, 2010—Chuck Bednarik
NFL Alumni Order of the Leather Helmet1978: Pete Rozelle, George Halas, Art Rooney | 1979: Paul Brown, Red Grange, Bronko Nagurski | 1980: Don Shula, Wellington Mara, Dominic Olejniczak, Pro Football Hall of Fame | 1981: Lamar Hunt, Tom Landry | 1982: William Bidwill, Alex Wojciechowicz, Bud Grant | 1983: F. William Harder, LeRoy Neiman | 1985: George P. Marshall, Weeb Ewbank | 1986: Howard Cosell, Vince Lombardi, Vic Maitland | 1987: Ray Scott, Steve Sabol, Ed Sabol, Bert Bell | 1988: Raymond Berry | 1989: Tex Schramm | 1990: Bill Dudley, Ollie Matson, Steve Van Buren | 1991: Hugh McElhenny 1992: Chuck Bednarik, Art Modell | 1993: Elroy Hirsch, Marion Motley | 1994: Sid Luckman, Sammy Baugh | 1995: Otto Graham, Chuck Noll | 1996: Johnny Unitas, Curt Gowdy | 1997: Pat Summerall, Ralph Wilson | 1998: Jim Brown, Al Davis | 1999: Bobby Mitchell, Paul Tagliabue | 2000: Len Dawson, Deacon Jones | 2001: Mike McCormack, Mel Renfro | 2002: Mel Blount, Jim Otto, Jim Tunney | 2003: Tom Flores, Willie Davis | 2004: Dick Vermeil, Val Pinchbeck, Don Weiss | 2005: Larry Wilson, Joe Greene | 2007: Sonny Jurgensen, Jack Youngblood | 2008: Eric Dickerson, John Madden, Alex Spanos
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