Dick Vermeil is the perfect interim coach for the New Orleans Saints. Yes, the 75-year-old retiree is a far better choice than Sean Payton pal, Bill Parcells.
You remember the last time Vermeil came out of long retirement? He discovered Kurt Warner, unleashed Marshall Faulk as a lethal weapon, built the Greatest Show on Turf and won a Super Bowl. Most important, as it relates to the Saints situation, Vermeil managed and tolerated offensive coordinator Mike Martz's ego and genius.
Self-awareness will be the key ingredient for the coach filling in for Sean Payton. Being a successful NFL head coach requires robust confidence. Vermeil has as much confidence as any coach I've ever met. What separates him from most is his self-awareness, his ability to rein in his own ego so that there is room for his coaching peers and players to feel equally confident and autonomous.
Dick Vermeil is the one coach with the relationship skills and football intellect capable of putting his unique stamp ...