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Dick Vermeil
Former Head Coach

Dick Vermeil

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

He's a Team Killer


First off, I wasn't confronted with this kind of player problem very often in my career. Part of the reason for that is we stressed the importance of team and what it would take as person to be a successful player over time. So we delayed the development of a big attitude by coaching and avoiding that personality type in the evaluation process -- we were very careful not to bring in a bigger than life, bigger than the game players.

As far as Chad Ocho Cinco goes, I think there is a little bit of showmanship in him and it's a little bit entertaining and adds a spark from time to time. But that only goes so far and often goes too far. Anytime you have an individual who spends so much time working on their showmanship it negatively affects the football team. Their teammates get tired of it, the fans get tired of it, and the city gets tired of it. Continual attention seeking distracts from the organization. Does it make them bad people? No, just people with personality flaws, maybe they didn't get enough attention when they were younger and now they seek every possible way to get it. But these kind of ego problems can tear a team apart.

Wide outs are particularly prone to this bigger than life attitude. They're on stage a lot and the position they play puts them in a position to be recognized individually more than just about every other. Good coaching and drafting is the key to help teams avoid that.

By Dick Vermeil  |  June 22, 2009; 9:48 AM ET  | Category:  Cincinnati Bengals , Dick Vermeil Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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