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Topic - Dick Vermeil
In four years at LSU, J.C. Copeland earned a reputation for being a bruising fullback that often led running backs into the end zone.
Undrafted out of John Carroll, a Division III college in suburban Cleveland, the 38-year-old will presumably end his career having played in 256 consecutive games — a streak that is already the longest all-time among defensive players.
Former St. Louis coach Dick Vermeil says his Rams would not have won the Super Bowl back in 1999 under the new, limited practice rules of the NFL.
"I don't like the restrictions they gave to practice time," Vermeil said of the new rules. "It's going to be hard to get better. The fortunate thing is everybody is operating within the same rules. You just have to do a better job within them. I think it's going to hurt the quarterbacks, especially the young ones. It's going to hurt the medium player, the average guy. How does he get better and hang on the roster next year? How are young kids coming up going to make it when you don't give them any reps?"
"He's special. He's already proved that," Vermeil said. "I just think he's got to keep improving."