"I don't know if we have had a team since I've been here play more consistently as hard on every snap. Overall, in preparation, the staff's ability to handle adversity properly over the last three weeks led to a positive contribution to our players handling it and allowing us to play a pretty good football game against a pretty good football team in a tough environment.
Games like that don't happen by accident. They usually don't happen out of desperation. They normally take place because of determination and hard work and because of the people you have with you. But our determination to turn our season around was apparent all through the week not just through Monday night. I could see it and feel it.
The players did a great job of really getting themselves ready to play. They set a real fine standard for themselves. But all we did last night is guarantee ourselves we won't go 0-16. We know we've got one win.
It was a win that for our organization from Lamar Hunt and Norma (Hunt) on down can really enjoy and, hopefully, build on.
We keep talking about our profile and the character of our players. I think that was really demonstrated last night and to be able to demonstrate an effort as consistently on every snap as they did last night is a reflection of the kind of kids they are. They really played hard and I don't know if we have had a team since I've been here play more consistently as hard on every snap as they did last night. Even when we made mistakes on certain plays they ended up being good because there was such an outstanding effort made on each snap.
Our whole attitude and whole process was being attacked and I think the players responded in a way to add some credibility to their own performance as players and also to how and why we do things and the way we do them.
I talk to them all the time about using adversity as an ally. I think they did that. I think most of the country that watched the game enjoyed it as a true pro football game in every aspect," said Vermeil.
Talking about the Ravens 12th Man:
"I think the twelfth man in Baltimore last night was our team character, not the fans, not the situation. The twelfth man was the depth of character of each kid who played in the ballgame.
Willie Roaf played the finest game that he's played since he's been a Chief. He was a dominator. In my opinion, he was the best tackle on the field. He played that way last night. I've seen him play well a lot, but through four quarters of football coming off the ball, run blocking, pass protection, that's his best game as a Chief. He was impressive.
What can you say about Priest Holmes? He's a football player, a great football player. To do what very few in the National Football League do – to go to 5,000 yards in less than full five seasons is remarkable and a positive reflection on my coaches and the offensive line.
Trent Green did a great job and came up with some plays under pressure and duress. He converted some critical third downs and (Tony) Gonzalez makes a big play, C(hris) Horn makes a big play. Johnnie Morton made some plays for us on offense. Jason Dunn played super. Brian Waters had a couple of great blocks on a great linebacker…Will Shields, our right tackle, John Welbourn's getting a lot better.
Defensively, we came off the ball as a down group better than we have at any time. Actually, the defensive line was led by the captain of the ballgame – Lional Dalton. He played awfully well. Not only did a make plays, he ruined a lot of other plays he wasn't able to make. But the other guys played well too: John Browning, Eric Hicks played extremely hard, Ryan Sims was playing super until he pulled a hamstring, our young guy, Junior Siavii played better. He grew. That's what he needs to do. Monty Beisel did some real good things until we had to move him to the outside where he hadn't been working. We lost Fujita so we moved him outside there. Considering how little football Kawika (Mitchell) has played he did OK – not up to our expectations but he showed some flashes.
Our secondary for the most part did a very, very good job. Greg Wesley had his best football game, Jerome (Woods) wasn't tested as much back there at safety. Our corners did a good job. Dexter (McCleon) got a penalty called on him that you can't see on tape, so it was a mistake, in my opinion. The holding call on Warfield on the interception in the endzone, he did hook his jersey and when they see that they're going to call it.
Our special teams, especially our coverage teams, were poor. We've worked on it enough to be better. They weren't at the tempo with everybody else, so we have to evaluate that. We also have to consider a young linebacker that maybe we should bring up. We've got (Keyeron) Fox healthy now, so maybe we ought to get him up cause some guys aren't getting it done. When you take Monty Beisel out of the mix on our coverage teams – especially on kickoff coverage – it affects us.
Our kicks were not what they should be. They will be better. (Lawrence) Tynes did a nice job kicking field goals. He did not do a good job kicking off. One of the reasons we kept him was he could do both well. He has done both well in ballgames already. There was no reason except for being a little bit too up tight and kicking the ball too hard.
Jason Baker started out poorly and got better as the game went on. That's been his profile and I've just visited with him as he leaves our organization. If he can ever learn to start as he finishes he'll punt in the National Football League. He tries to hit the ball too hard," said Vermeil.
On not getting credibility from the media.
"Overall, it was our best football game and I think a better indication of the kind of team we expected to be right off the bat and weren't. We'll spend tomorrow studying why we weren't in the opener the way we were last night, or why we weren't in the second game at home. Same guys, same coaches, same process. We have to evaluate all those things.
I'd like to think we can build on it. I know that's a cliché and most people know that every week is a new experience. The nice thing about this week is the experience is rest, evaluate and recover and get ready to go back to work.
I don't know if it's a blessing if we have the bye now. Last year we were 8-0 when we had our bye. It was a great time to take the bye and we came out and played real well the next ball game. We have some catching up to do.
I've said this all along. For some reason what I say is not believed. The credibility is not deep enough, not established well enough that when I say we're getting better and it soon manifests itself that I mean it and am sincere and basing it on facts not baloney. I think the defense demonstrated that last night.
I said the defensive line was getting better. They've demonstrated it. I've said it all along in games that we've lost. Collectively, you could see that in the ball game last night and we will play better than that. People are turning it loose and not being afraid of making a mistake. There were some great glaring shots of us just knocking people around. The thing I got a kick out of and just mention in passing is how flamboyant (Baltimore) introduces the linebacker. I think that ought to be a 15-yard personal foul. We get called 15 (yards) for going in the stands with a guy. That sort of was a motivating tool for our football players. They looked over and….
Great football atmosphere. That was as noisy a stadium that isn't enclosed that we've been in for a long time. It was very intense for both teams. That was a very good, solid tough football team. I think their record at home demonstrates that over the last couple of years," said the Chiefs winning head coach.