Dick Vermeil has resigned as the Chiefs head football coach. He told his team on Saturday night that he was stepping down. The Chiefs beat the Bengals 37-3 on Sunday to finish 10-6, falling short of the second wildcard spot, which was filled by Pittsburgh.
Larry Johnson finished with 201 yards rushing and broke the team’s single-season rushing record with 1,750 and his three touchdowns gave him a total of 20. Johnson played in all 16 games, starting nine of them. Johnson scored two touchdowns in a 40-second span late in the second quarter to give the Chiefs a 20-3 lead at the half. He then scored early in the third quarter to help move Kansas City’s advantage to 27-3.
Quarterback Trent Green was 23-of-39 for 344 yards and a touchdown and finished second in the NFL in passing with 4,110 yards. He hit Eddie Kennison seven times for 151 yards.
In his time with the Chiefs, Vermeil compiled a record of 44-36 and was 126-114 (including playoff games) in 15 seasons as an NFL head coach. Vermeil is just one of five head coaches win a division championship with three different organizations.
Under Vermeil the Chiefs produced one of the more potent offenses, but was often at the bottom of the in the league’s defensive statistics. Vermeil took the Chiefs to the playoffs in 2003, when they won the AFC West championship with a 13-3 record, but lost their opening playoff game at home against the Colts.
In 1997, Vermeil ended a 14-year hiatus from coaching when he took over the Rams. In the 1999 season, he guided St. Louis to a win over Tennessee in Super Bowl XXXIV. A few days after the game, he retired. Less than a year later, He was named the Chiefs head coach.