Surprise, surprise. It's January, and few people outside New England are rooting for the Patriots.
Dick Vermeil, who coached the Chiefs for five seasons from 2001 to 2005, joined Kansas City's 610 Sports Radio on Wednesday to discuss Sunday's upcoming AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium.
And considering his background, it should surprise no one Vermeil is picking against New England.
"I think they've [the Patriots] met their match this time... it's time for them to win this one & the next one." - Former #Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil on the AFC Championship. pic.twitter.com/c3XKvQExGd— 610SportsKC (@610SportsKC) January 16, 2019
But Vermeil had another reason for siding with his former team: They've done things "the right way," while the Patriots, in his eyes, haven't.
"They've done it the right way. They haven't been accused of cheating!" - Former #Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil on the team getting the playoff monkey off their back.— 610SportsKC (@610SportsKC) January 16, 2019
Vermeil may have a friend in former Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson, who's been on the "Patriots are cheaters" bandwagon ever since New England upset the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.
The Patriots have had their run-ins with the NFL over the years, from (unproven) accusations they watched film of the Rams before Super Bowl XXXVI to Spygate in 2007 to Deflategate in 2014.
These incidents are in the past, and none will have any bearing whatsoever on Sunday's game at Arrowhead. But Vermeil's comments are a reminder that as long as the Patriots are playing at a high level, they'll be hearing from the haters.
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