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Emotional Vermeil officially takes Chiefs job

Tuesday, January 16, 2001

Both times, he was talking about the way Chiefs president Carl Peterson and vice president of football operations Lynn Stiles talked him out of a comfortable retirement to be their head coach.

"The fact I changed my mind was based solely upon my personal relationship with Carl Peterson and Lynn Stiles," Vermeil told a packed news conference that included both past and current players.

"I'm an emotional guy. Let me tell you - Lynn Stiles has been so important in my career. There is no person more responsible for my success as he is. For me to come back and help this club is a way for me to pay that debt I owe him."

Peterson and Stiles, who worked with Vermeil as coaches at UCLA more than 25 years ago and then again with the Philadelphia Eagles' 1980 Super Bowl team, also reminded Vermeil of what he was.

"What I am is a coach. That's what I am. That may be a fault. But that's where I feel best," he said.

The Chiefs, who haven't been in the playoffs in three years and haven't won a playoff game since 1993, gave the 64-year-old Vermeil a three-year, $10 million contract that makes him one of the NFL's highest-paid coaches.



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