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Dick Vermeil
Former Head Coach

Dick Vermeil

Has won the Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl and multiple coaching accolades.

Leadership Trumps Ability


Although, I was fortunate enough to avoid benching my quarterbacks, I'm sure the Rams have sound reasoning. I have great respect for Quarterbacks Coach Terry Shea and worked with him for many years, along with the rest of the staff. They put their heads together and obviously feel someone has to spark the offense.

Trent Green is a quarterback who I respect and care for very much. Marc Bulger is a fine player too. Maybe the switch doesn't center around throwing ability but around leadership. Certain players can come in there and spark the other players to raise their game. Trent Green is that kind of player.

In Cleveland, the Browns might be in a situation where switching from Derek Anderson to Brady Quinn can't hurt and might help. If you're getting beat and have a 1st round quarterback just waiting on the sideline, activating him might be best for the organization.

Anderson is coming off a pro-bowl season so such a decision shouldn't be made hastily. The 0-3 start is not so much a reflection of him but a reflection of the other 10 guys. But the responsibility for leading the offense falls ultimately on the quarterback's shoulders. If Anderson's offense continues to under perform, Head Coach Romeo Crennel will have little choice but to bench him.

Again such a switch isn't necessarily about ability, but leadership. Coaches who make changes like these are looking for someone who can come in and move the team in a positive direction or at least stop the bleeding.

By Dick Vermeil  |  September 24, 2008; 2:58 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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