It looks like Dick Vermeil has been hanging out with Eric Dickerson lately.
Vermeil followed suit Wednesday in a radio appearance on KCSP-610 in Kansas City. The former Chiefs head coach was asked for his pick to win the AFC Championship between Kansas City and New England, giving the nod to the top-seeded Chiefs, who will host the Patriots in freezing temperatures at Arrowhead Stadium.
Vermeil’s reasoning wasn’t so much based on the performance of quarterback Patrick Mahomes or the Chiefs’ clear advantage on the outside, though. The Super Bowl XXXIV champion picked KC because he believes karmic justice is coming for those “cheating” Patriots.
To be fair, New England has had its share of cheating accusations, both proven and unproven, over the course of the Bill Belichick-Brady era. We imagine Vermeil probably is sore from the still-unproven accusation the Patriots videotaped the St. Louis Rams prior to Super Bowl XXXVI. Vermeil coached the Rams from 1997-1999, walking away after beating the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV but he probably still had some love for some of his former players during their run under Mike Martz.
If the Chiefs wants to beat the now-plucky, underdog Patriots on Sunday, though, they’ll need to get some explosive plays out of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce and hope their normally atrocious defense can hold Brady and the Pats at bay.
Karma, if it exists, won’t save Kansas City — no matter how much Vermeil wants it to.