Vermeil Notes: Raider Week!

Dick Vermeil took the podium for his weekly press conference with a confident tone and a steadfast determination not to let the struggles of the 2004 season get him down. On the outside, Vermeil looked poised and in control. On the inside, Vermeil must be a beaten man with a beaten ego and a beaten team that's stands at 3-8.

A trip to "The Black Hole" @ Oakland 3:05 kickoff cst

Priest Holmes (knee) will definitely miss Sunday's game at Oakland. It's time to see what Larry Johnson can do with 15 carries. I'd like to see L.J. and Derrick Blaylock split the touches. Johnson carried the ball 10 times for 43 yards and a touchdown and caught one pass for seven yards against San Diego last Sunday. Coach Vermeil liked what he saw out of Larry, "He showed some flashes. He showed some power. We'd like to see him play more as we get going into the game".

Priest Holmes has more touchdowns (15) than the entire Washington Redskins team (14).

Speaking of stats, check out the takeaway/giveaway numbers for the Chiefs this season. Through 11 games in 2004, the Chiefs are -7 turnovers. During their (13-3) campaign of 2003, Kansas City was + 19.

What did Dick have to say about that? "Our number one goal has to play smart and we have not gotten that done. We haven't taken the ball away. That's where we are right now".

Surprisingly, two of the reasons for the turnovers on the offense side of the ball are quarterback Trent Green and Priest Holmes. Green has thrown as many interceptions in the first 11 games as he did in all of last season. That number is 12. Surprisingly, it took just eight games this season for Holmes to fumble 4 times (losing two). In 2003, Holmes fumbled just once.

What does Coach Vermeil expect in Oakland come Sunday? "It's not a real, warm and friendly environment, you know. Its 180 degrees contrast to go to Green Bay. You get off the bus in Green Bay they say good luck coach. Not in Oakland". In Oakland they give you the finger".

The National Football League moved the kickoff time of the Chiefs/Broncos game at Arrowhead on December 19th to 12:00 Noon. The rivalry was previously scheduled to kick off at 3:15 PM, but CBS wants to feature a more enticing game to its national audience.

Dick Vermeil owns a 112-107 lifetime record as an NFL Head Coach. Top Stories