Dick Vermeil and Andy Reid share a bond.
Both men sat in the head-coaching chair in Philadelphia for years. Both led the Eagles to Super Bowl berths and have long been friends. Now they have another bond -- being head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Vermeil held the position from 2001-05; Reid is just starting his Kansas City tenure. Reid consulted with Vermeil before accepting the Chiefs job just days after being fired in Philadelphia.
“He called me and asked me about Kansas City,” Vermeil told reporters Tuesday after watching the first day of the Chiefs’ mandatory minicamp. “I just said ‘Go. Just go.’”
Vermeil said he thinks Kansas City is the perfect fit for Reid.
“I admire the guy, I respect him, he’s a great football coach,” Vermeil said. “Andy’s having a lot of fun. He’s rejuvenated. You can tell. I’ve been with him through all different moods over the last few years. You’re very, very fortunate to have Andy Reid.”
In other AFC West notes:
The three other teams in the AFC West will have their mandatory minicamps next week.
Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles was back at practice Tuesday. He suffered a minor toe injury Friday.
Quarterback JaMarcus Russell, a draft bust with Oakland, will work out for Chicago on Friday, according to ESPNChicago.com. The 27-year-old Russell, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft, has been out of the league for three years. Baltimore also has some interest, USA Today reports.