AFC West: Dick Vermeil

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.

The Lions signed former Denver receiver Matthew Willis. Earlier Tuesday, they signed former San Diego receiver Micheal Spurlock.
Lame-duck former Oakland offensive coordinator Al Saunders met with the Kansas City Chiefs about their open offensive coordinator job, according to Bob Gretz.com.

Saunders has been replaced by Greg Knapp in Oakland, but the Raiders haven’t said what they plan to do with Saunders.

“Al is there today talking with Romeo (Crennel),” former Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil told the site. “He wants to see if there’s any chance to go back to Oakland, but if not he’d love the Chiefs job.”

Saunders is a former Kansas City offensive coordinator. Chiefs quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn also reportedly has interviewed for the job. The Kansas City Star reported Zorn may quit if he is not given the job. He and Saunders worked together in Baltimore in 2010
  • Fox Sports has reported Oakland is hiring former Chiefs’ special teams coach Steve Hoffman. He was just fired by the Chiefs. He replaces the highly respected John Fassel, who took a job with St. Louis. Hoffman is taking over one of the better special teams in the NFL.
  • The Raiders’ defensive coordinator decision could come soon. The team interviewed Greg Manusky, fired in San Diego last month, this week. If Manusky is not the Raiders’ guy, other names should soon surface.
  • The Raiders hired Houston’s Frank Pollack to run the offensive line. That could mean the Raiders will return to a zone-blocking offense, which they ran during a lot of Tom Cable’s regime. It should be an easy transition if that is the way the Raiders go.

San Diego stadium update

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As planned, the Chargers and San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders met Monday to discuss a potential new stadium for the team. This is the release the team sent out:
Mayor Jerry Sanders and Dean Spanos of the Chargers met today at Chargers Park to discuss the progress of stadium efforts in downtown San Diego.

The meeting focused on the future of redevelopment and the proposed changes out of Sacramento, the future of the NFL’s G3 stadium loan program after the League’s Collective Bargaining negotiations are resolved, and financing alternatives in the event that the City and the Chargers do not ultimately have access to redevelopment funding and/or G3 funding.

The Chargers and the Mayor’s Office will continue to work together as these important issues are resolved.

Sounds like we’re in a labor-talks forced holding pattern, along with nearly everything involving the NFL these days.
  • Chiefs’ linebacker Mike Vrabel was among the contingent of players to attend Monday’s labor meetings.
The Contra Costa Times reported that several players said JaMarcus Russell looked to be in much better physical shape than he was at the end of last season when he showed up at the team’s offseason conditioning program Tuesday. This is a good start for Russell who is entering a huge season.

The Jets won’t talk about the possibility of pursuing Brandon Marshall. That doesn’t mean they are or they aren’t interested. They just aren’t talking. ESPN’s John Clayton suggested receiver Braylon Edwards would be part of a potential Jets package if they pursue Marshall.

Former Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil has high hopes for former Kansas City running back Larry Johnson in Washington.

The Broncos are looking closely at some of the best interior offensive linemen available in the draft.

It didn’t take Andra Davis long to bounce back from his surprise release from Denver. He signed with Buffalo on Tuesday. I still say he would have fit in with the Chiefs,

Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer ran better at his pro day than he did at the combine. Dwyer has met with the Chargers and he could be a target of the team in the first or second round.

Tampa Bay signed free agent safety Sean Jones. Perhaps that will lessen the chances of it taking Tennessee safety Eric Berry at No. 3 and allow him to slip to Kansas City at No. 5.

Missouri to honor former Chiefs coach

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Former Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame as part of the 2010 class.

Schottenheimer, still wildly popular in Kansas City, will be inducted Jan. 31, 2010, in Springfield, Mo. From 1989 to 1998, he led Kansas City to a 101-58-1 record during the regular season.

He is the third Kansas City coach to be inducted into the state's hall of fame. He joins Hank Stram and Dick Vermeil.

AFC West news and notes

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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Former Kansas City coach Dick Vermeil told the Kansas City Star he has not been contacted for the Chiefs' leadership position that will open in the wake of this week's announcement that GM Carl Peterson will be out at the end of the season. Vermeil wouldn't discuss whether he was interested in the job. Expect Vermeil's name to stay in the rumor mill on this one.

The Raiders' final home game of the season will be blacked out and will not be shown on local television.

The Bills practiced outside for the first time in a month Thursday to prepare for Sunday's game at Denver. The temperature is expected to be in the low teens at kickoff.

Rod Smith, who retired in July as Denver's all-time leading receiver, will address Denver fans Sunday as part of the team's fan appreciation day.

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