It's not often a Super Bowl winning head coach opens up about his football knowledge, and it's even less frequent when it happens in Montana. Dick Vermeil, who won Super Bowl XXXIV as head coach of the St. Louis Rams, opened up to area football coaches Wednesday at Great Falls High.
Vermeil is one of the headlining speakers at this year's Montana Coaches Association's multi-sport clinic. During Wednesday's speech, Vermeil focused on how to develop a young quarterback. He also enjoyed the chance to once again feel apart of football, after he retired from the game more than a decade ago.
"Coming to a clinic like this, organized by Don Owens and his staff gives me a team to coach for a little while." he said. "[It] Gets me fired up and also forces me to think. You get 80 years old and pretty quick, you stop thinking. I love thinking about what I'm going to talk about and how I should present different materials. Today, I presented materials I wrote in 1982 about the passing game. So, it was stimulating for me and hopefully [the coaches] got something out of it."
Vermeil spent 15 years in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, and Kansas City Chiefs. He finished his pro career with a 126-114 record to go along with a 15-5-2 record as head coach of the UCLA Bruins.
The coaches' clinic runs through Friday. Thursday, the MCA will induct three coaches into it's Hall of Fame.