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Vermeil coaches his last game

first_img A head coaching career that included three teams and 15 years in the NFL came to a victorious but frustrating end for the 69-year-old Vermeil on Sunday. As the Chiefs were beating the playoff-bound Bengals to go to 10-6, Pittsburgh was beating Detroit and knocking them out of the playoffs. The Chiefs will be the only NFL team Vermeil coached that did not make it to the Super Bowl. “The greatest thing I take away from here is the value of the relationships and how deep they are,” he said. “They’re not influenced by the scoreboard. Nobody can take those things away.” Vikings fire Tice The Minnesota Vikings fired coach Mike Tice after Sunday’s victory over Chicago. Owner Zygi Wilf announced he would not renew Tice’s contract in a statement less than an hour after the Vikings’ 34-10 win over the Bears in the regular season finale. Tice, who finished his fourth full season with a 32-32 overall record, had already addressed the media before the move was made public. The announcement came via press release after most players had left the Metrodome. “I don’t know who was more shaken by it, him or me,” Tice said of what he called an emotional meeting with Wilf. Capers on way out The Houston Texans will fire coach Dom Capers, but will retain general manager Charley Casserly, a person close to the organization said. The Texans plan to make the announcement today, according to the source who spoke on condition of anonymity. The team finished the season 2-14, the worst record in the NFL and the worst record in the Texans’ four-season history. The firing would make the second time Capers, 55, has been released from an expansion team in its fourth season. He was let go by the Carolina Panthers in 1998. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “I didn’t get you to a Super Bowl, Lamar,” he told the owner, who sat a few feet away and also appeared to be tight-lipped. “But you’ll get there some day, and I’ll go with you.” Vermeil said he had no plans for the future. “I haven’t even thought about it,” he said. “I haven’t even thought about calling a moving van.” When he looks back at a lifetime of coaching, Vermeil said he will remember the people. “I think of watching people go through transitions in their career, to go from one level to the next level,” he said. “All those things are very real.” With trademark tears in his eyes, Dick Vermeil said this is really it a third retirement means he’s out of football. Honest. Unlike his other two retirements, there’ll be no returning to the profession he loves so dearly, Vermeil tearfully told a news conference Sunday after his Kansas City Chiefs beat Cincinnati 37-3. center_img He had told the team and staff the night before that he would step down after five years with the Chiefs and 15 years in the NFL. His retirement did not come as a surprise. Nevertheless, he teared up and had to pause several times after the game Sunday while thanking Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt and team president Carl Peterson for giving him an opportunity. last_img read more