It's Official Vermeil Will Retire

As we first told you on Friday night, Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Dick Vermeil will retire from coaching after Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The emotional coach told his players late Saturday night that he's ready to turn the reigns of the franchise over to someone else. Could that someone be Herman Edwards?

Later today at Arrowhead, the tears will be flowing and the speculation will begin as to who will succeed Dick Vermeil as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

For Vermeil is five years in Kansas City were a mixed back of success and failures. Granted the Chiefs have a shot at making the playoffs if the Detroit Lions can defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers and Vermeil's boys can defeat the Bengals at home.

But with only one playoff appearance in his tenure in Kansas City, the writing was on the wall. Vermeil would have turned 70 this season and at his age there were other things far more important to him than coaching.

Someone close to Vermeil told Warpaint Illustrated that the death of James Dungy, Indianapolis Head Coach Tony Dungy's son; really had an impact on his decision to retire. All his life Vermeil has been a coach and he's given so much to his players that he has been unable to spend enough time with his family. Now he can do that.

"It's the right thing for him to do," Kansas City Chiefs Vice President Lynn Stiles told the KC Star Saturday evening about Vermeils decision to retire. "It's the right thing to do for his family, and it's the right thing to do for the organization."

For the Chiefs, the official search began weeks ago if not months ago. Today rumors will swirl about the possible availability of New York Jets Head Coach Herman Edwards. According to reports in New York yesterday, the local rags backed up our story from two weeks ago that Edwards and his agent have requested a contract extension.

According to a source close to the Edwards camp who spoke on condition of unanimity to Warpaint Illustrated, "If Edwards does not get the contract extension from the Jets he's seaking, then he could be the next head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs."

That is of course if the Chiefs make him an offer should Edwards suddenly become a free agent head coaching candidate.

It's not secret how Vermeil, Chiefs President Carl Peterson and Stiles feel about Herman Edwards. To a man they think this is the guy who can take them to the next level. What's important for the Chiefs now is to be sure that the next Head Coach can indeed take Kansas City to a Super Bowl. They all feel Herman Edwards is just the person who has the right stuff to get them to the promised-land.

If Edwards can't get out of his contract, then Kansas City might have to look at other candidates. Offensive coordinator Al Saunders is a candidate but reports out of Detroit and Kansas City claim that he'll be named the Head Coach of the Detroit Lions sometime within the next 48 hours.

In speaking with Coach Saunders yesterday afternoon, he told Warpaint Illustrated that he could not comment on the situation per league rules but would be willing to talk about the rumors on Monday or Tuesday. Though nothing official has been announced by the Detroit Lions, they have cancelled their season ending news conference scheduled for Monday morning.

Other candidates on the Chiefs wish list include Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops and Notre Dame Head Coach Charlie Weiss.

However, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder told reporters on Saturday that he'll match any offers Williams receives to become a Head Coach. Snyder is convinced that Joe Gibbs will remain with Washington at least one more season and he does not want to lose Williams to another team. However, it will cost him a bundle to prevent Williams from taking a job in Kansas City, St. Louis or Houston. Each team is interested in talking to Williams about their Head Coaching vacancies.

Rumors out of South Bend, Indiana, indicate that Notre Dame Head Coach Charlie Weiss will listen to offers from NFL teams. That is an about face for Weiss who recently signed a lengthy contract extension. But NFL teams sensing they can get one of the premier coaches in the country are going to make a run at him because of the lack of true NFL Head Coaching candiates available on the open market. According to reports his buyout at Notre Dame is only $1.5 million and that's something every NFL team would be more than willing to pay to secure his services.

Stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated for complete coverage on the Chiefs coaching search.

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