KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator
Greg Robinson resigned Tuesday, two days after an embarrassing
playoff loss to Indianapolis.
Robinson told coach Dick Vermeil after Sunday's 38-31 defeat
that he would resign if Vermeil thought it was in the team's best
"I told him to think about it," Robinson said. "Well,
yesterday afternoon he and I sat down and talked. He told me,
'Greg, Carol (Vermeil's wife) and I spent a long time last night
talking about it. We believe it is the right thing.'''
Robinson's voice often wavered as he spoke, and Vermeil stood
nearby with his arms folded and occasionally wiped away tears.
Robinson left without taking questions.
The Chiefs' defense finished last in the NFL a year ago, but was
thought to be significantly improved for this season with the
addition of free agents Vonnie Holliday, Shawn Barber and Dexter McCleon, plus the return of injured starters Ryan Sims and Jerome Woods.
But while the Chiefs raced to a 9-0 start and the offense
finished No. 1 in the league in scoring and No. 2 in total offense,
the defense was 29th overall and 30th against the run.
Fans booed continually during the loss to the Colts, who scored
on six of their first seven possessions and never punted.
Vermeil spoke after Robinson, and seemed to take a shot at those
who have been critical of Robinson and his defensive scheme.
"You saw what a real man's made of," Vermeil said. "There
might be a number of you who don't come close to understanding what
a real man's all about because you're not forced into the
environment like people in our responsible positions are. But I
think he told you the truth as well as he could tell you."