Gibbs, Vermeil up to old tricks

Redskins coach, 64, Chiefs coach, 68, are doing just fine in new era

Pro football


Joe Gibbs and Dick Vermeil are not above acting below their age.

At 64 and 68 years of age, respectively, Gibbs and Vermeil are the two oldest head coaches in the NFL. Yet within the friendly confines of their teams' headquarters, the two act like the players who are generally 40 years younger.

Redskins@Chiefs Today, 1 p.m., Chs. 45, 5, 1430 AM, 106.7 FM Line: Chiefs by 6

Keys to the game


Washington's run defense has given up an alarming 284 yards in the past two games. Things don't get any easier with the Chiefs' Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson, who have a combined 503 yards and six touchdowns on 106 carries. Holmes and Johnson also will welcome the return of 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle Willie Roaf from a hamstring injury.


While Kansas City's run defense has improved, the pass defense has struggled, allowing 273.3 yards a game and dipping to 30th in the league. This could be the one area in which Mark Brunell and the receiving corps of Santana Moss, David Patten, James Thrash and Taylor Jacobs look to attack.


Two weeks ago, the Chiefs' tight end griped about his numbers (16 catches for 129 yards and no touchdowns). If Dick Vermeil and Trent Green decide to make Gonzalez an integral part of the offensive plan, Redskins linebacker Warrick Holdman and safety Sean Taylor will have to shadow him.


Washington has never won in Kansas City, and Arrowhead Stadium is an imposing place to play. To make matters worse for the Redskins, they're 8-18 on the road since 2002. Washington can score against the Chiefs' defense, but can the team put up enough to keep up with the Kansas City offense? History suggests no. Chiefs 24, Redskins 17.

[Edward Lee]

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