[Kansas City.com] Less than 24 hours after his backup sprinted, cut and swaggered his way to a 147-yard night, Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil wanted to make something clear.
There is no running-back controversy. There will be no running back controversy. And if anyone tries to start a running back controversy – “It ain’t going to happen here,” Vermeil said Sunday. “I won’t allow it. Not today, not tomorrow, not next week.”
Vermeil, apparently, foresees this week’s water-cooler chatter over the Chiefs’ running-back situation. His starter is Priest Holmes, a three-time Pro Bowler who owns more records than K-Tel. The No. 2 back is Larry Johnson, a 2003 first-round draft pick who’s made it no secret that he wants to play more.
When asked whether he can keep both of them happy, Vermeil said, “I don’t know if everybody can be happy. They can be professional. I think Larry can, and I know Priest can. Larry had a tremendous training camp, and he’s everything that I thought he would end up being.”