Dallas DB Refuses to Pile on Former Team

IRVING, TX. - Dallas safety Willie Pile said he and linebacker Scott Fujita get weekly updates on this weekend's opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs.

As former members of the Chiefs, Pile and Fujita still talk with their friends from their former team, who give them what Pile calls the "Kansas City State of the Union."

I talk with guys like (cornerbacks) Eric Warfield and Dexter McCleon," Pile said. "Most of the guys on the defense -- we were pretty close."

Pile said that he is happy for the 8-4 Chiefs, in part because of his affection for Kansas City head coach Dick Vermeil.

"I love Coach Vermeil to death," Pile said. "He gave me my first opportunity. So when I see them doing well, I'm happy for him, and for (defensive coordinator) Coach (Gunther) Cunningham, too."

Pile laughed when asked about Vermeil's notorious propensity for shedding tears, seemingly at the drop of a hat.

"I can't tell you how many times I've seen Coach Vermeil cry," Pile said. "But he's still a tough-as-nails coach.

"He's the one who brought (Chiefs quarterback) Trent Green from Washington to St. Louis, and he was going to play Trent. But then Trent got hurt, Kurt Warner goes in and plays great, and ends up going to Pro Bowls and making all those commercials. But Coach Vermeil saw something in Trent, and got him to go to Kansas City. So when you see Trent playing well, playing at a really high level, it's not surprising to see Coach Vermeil cry, because he knows how hard Trent worked to get back from that injury."

Vermeil's willingness to show his emotions so freely makes him seem to be the direct opposite of Pile's new coach, Bill Parcells.

But Pile said the two veteran coaches aren't as different as they might appear.

"They really have a lot in common," Pile said of Parcells and Vemeil, "in terms of their attention to detail, and what they bring to the team. They're both cut from the same cloth -- they're both tough-as-nails coaches. You just want to play hard for them, for either one of them."

Pile said his conversations with McCleon and Warfield never deteriorate into trash talking, and that he doesn't see Sunday's matchup as a chance to deliver any kind of message to his former team.

"They're on defense, and we (Fujita and Pile) are on defense," Pile said. "So it's not like we're going to be going head-to-head."

Pile also said the temptation to try to deliver a hit against his former team with a little extra power is not something he can allow himself to consider.

"Sure, you'd like to make a big hit, but those big hits just happen," he said. "I don't look at (Kansas City's) offense and see someone I want to try to go hit extra hard -- I know all those guys.

"Besides, if you go looking for a big hit, you might miss, and with an offense as talented as the Chiefs' offense, they'll make you pay."

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