Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vermeil, Rams Get Set to Put Heads Together

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vermeil, Rams Get Set to Put Heads Together

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Dick Vermeil will formally meet the Rams on Friday, and we wish him the best of luck. He inherits a team whose last winning season was 1989. We hope DV won't think he made a mistake and immediately turn in his resignation.

Actually, the Rams have a nucleus of promising talent. They have drafted reasonably well. The organization pays the players (and assistant coaches) top dollar. The financial commitment to winning is there.

Yes, there have been some hideous personnel decisions. Instability also has hurt: Vermeil is the team's third head coach since the start of the 1994 season. But that is changing. Unlike Chuck Knox and Rich Brooks, Vermeil has power and security. Among NFL coaches, only Jimmy Johnson (Miami) and Bill Parcells (New York Jets) have as much authority as Vermeil. There is much work to be done, and Vermeil's first challenge is obvious: He must transform the mind-set of a team accustomed to losing. DV will be around a while, and before the Rams start to win they have to stop thinking like losers. That process begins with this first minicamp. "The first thing you do is to find where you are," Vermeil said. "You were 6-10 last season. And you are tied for the worst record in the NFL in the 1990s. What you ask them to do, one of my initial points will be, `The only people so far that have paid the price for failure in the Ram organization have been coaching staffs.' I'm going to assume that they're going to assume some of the responsibility from now on. The whole organization has to assume some of it. "Not once have any of them won any football games that make a difference, in a long time. . . . The first thing you've got to do is to get people to recognize that they have some responsibility for some of those losses. They can also assume some of the responsibility for improvement." Vermeil likes what he's heard. "They all want to win," he said. "They all need the self-esteem of success. They need that feeling. …

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