Posted January 02, 2013

Michael Vick rips Eagles players following Andy Reid firing

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Michael Vick ripped into teammates after Andy Reid's firing as head coach. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Michael Vick ripped into teammates after Andy Reid’s firing as head coach. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick had a few choice words for his teammates following the firing of head coach Andy Reid. Vick, who missed a number of games this season because of a concussion and rib injuries, lambasted the players for their lack of effort and said that it’s frustrating to play with a bunch of guys who don’t try to improve themselves week after week.

The comments come at a particularly raw time for the Eagles; Reid was let go on New Years Eve after 14 years with the team, the longest tenured coach in the league at the time, and the Eagles as a team are coming off yet another disappointing season in which a three game losing streak brought an end to their 4-12 season.

More changes could be coming to the team and Vick’s latest comments give more reason to believe that he will be playing elsewhere next season, according to John Gonzalez of CSNPhilly.com:

“It’s all about focus, dedication and commitment. Until you get guys who are willing to better themselves week in and week out and want to win, you’re not going to win. And I haven’t played with guys like that. It’s unfortunate for Coach things turned out the way they are. It could have been a lot better. This locker room could have dictated that.”

When asked by a reporter if the lack of effort “pisses [him] off,” Vick said it does and that he expects the same 110 percent effort from his teammates.

“Yes it does. I give 110 percent effort. My body is scarred up all year. I’m hurt, I’m bruised, get up after every hit and still try and fight and push. I do that for my coaches. I do that for my teammates. And I would expect the same thing in return.”

He didn’t name names and didn’t quite throw everybody under the bus, adding that there are some guys in the locker room who give it their all, but for a team to be successful, he said there needs to be that commitment from everybody and he didn’t get the sense that each and every one of his teammates were dedicated this past season:

“[T]here are guys in here that gave it their all. But you need consistent effort from every guy in this locker room.”


108 comments
Yeswecanastani
Yeswecanastani

WIshed he'd thought that way when he was smoking weed in the ATL instead of studying game film.   

JustJack
JustJack

Like what a convicted felon, washed up quarterback says means anything

Percy Pudpounder
Percy Pudpounder

Soime really terrible comments here,  But what do you expect, after all this is Philly. Their only claim to fame,

The Liberty Bell.

Yankee0359
Yankee0359

Dog days or not - he's right - this so called star class of athletes on this team are quitters and quit on not only Reid but the fans as well.  Not a Philly fan but they deserve better.  To the owner: the hell with your high profile players, they rarely ever produce.  Go get some hungry players in the 5th-8th rounds who really want to play.  Then maybe you'll have a team and win the fans back.

MarcAKase
MarcAKase

Michael Vick is a dog killing POS who needs his neck broken.........I hate this MF and hope he dies a long painful death.

BlackieCats
BlackieCats

Dear Next Coach,It wasn't me.  Sincerely, Dog Guy

JeffMcDonald1
JeffMcDonald1

The most over rated player in the N.F.L. speaks.

ajnlyoung
ajnlyoung

Vick said what I am sure most QBs in the league who are not going to the playoffs think. How do you expect to be 100% when you have to scramble every snap. For him it was either snap, get rid of the ball, run, or get hit. There was no standing in the pocket for Vick. Tell me how well you think and in 3 seconds with a 200 plus linemen in your face a full speed he could play. Yet with almost evey hit he shook it off and got back up. So who is to blame. If any of you watched the game last game Vick went out with a concousion and Foles came in you asked how in the hell did the offensive line give Foles (sp) all day in the pocket almost instantaneously. It was at that moment that you had to know that something was going on in the lockeroom. Vick, for me, memorialized my thoughts with this statment that something was wrong and with Vick and some teammates and he was frustrated and unlike some previous Eagles(T.O.) respectfully kept his mouth shut to the right time.  

pandah462
pandah462

"That mustache...so intoxicating.  So inviting.  You people should be ashamed of how you played this year!  Because of your failures, our beloved coach and his enigmatic mustache are gone.  Gone!  Forever!  Nooooooo!"

 

Then in a concussion haze, "wait, pants?  Where are my pants?"

BobZiti
BobZiti

Vick should know all about quitting, he did enough of that this season.   Vick played hard when he needed a contract last season, after he got paid he more or less mailed it in.  He's got a job?  Not for long after this showing.  He's a one trick pony and he's losing his legs, so we're looking at the down side of his diminishing physical and now probably mental abilities with the concussions. I hope he saves his money because there's not going to be much more.

 

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

To the naysayers on this thread - GO AND GET A REAL JOB AND STOP POSTING NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT SOMEONE, MICHAEL VICK, WHO HAS A REAL JOB!!!! And, come back after you have spent 6 months on that job without making any mistakes. In the meantime, go and fopk yourself!!!!

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

Michael is right. As for all of you haters on this thread , 'go f*&^ yourself' and then try to get a life for yourself. Although that might be a monumentous task!!!!!

DustinHarman
DustinHarman

Vick bust his butt but not just one guy on any team can do that it's gotta be the whole team but I disagree with the author that this would get him kicked off the team or be a reason to let him go he just wants a better resolve that's all! Who blames him!

Cso
Cso

Talk about a hypocrite! Remember all those national tv interviews vick did after the eagles signed him? how he openly admitted while he was the QB in atlanta he never watched film and didn't apply himself? and now he's complaining about others following the lead and example he'd set for them???? this is absolutely the funniest case of KARMA I've seen in a long time. Gotta love it!

Carl M
Carl M

I agree 100 percent with what Vick is saying !

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

I think it's safe to say that he won't be back next year. 

Akagi
Akagi

Vick has a number of flaws both as a NFL QB (many of the same flaws Tebow has by the way and oddly both seem to have a cult following) and as a human being, but he is 100% correct about the Eagles.

SusanBarth
SusanBarth

Vick is another whining prima donna. Instead of calling out his teammates behind closed doors, he's bashing them in front of the media. He's already on the downside of his career. I don't care where he goes and who he plays for....

Roderick
Roderick

Let's get real here, I watched the Eagles offensive line darn near get Vick killed in the backfield.  I think Vick should have called the players out earlier.  Some of the Eagles guy were obviously just drawing a paycheck, but as a Cowboy fan I hope they let Vick go to another team and the the rest of the players continue to sleep walk.

LeilaniHernandez
LeilaniHernandez

 @Percy Pudpounder not really. the declaration of independence and the constitution of the united states were composed in the city of brotherly hood.

DougBates1
DougBates1

 @Yankee0359He's right, but part of his job as a veteran QB is to lead the team. I didn't see him inspiring them much.

robmitch88
robmitch88

Well said.....its more to it but not worth getting in to.

 

pandah462
pandah462

 @AlSharpton Well, looks like someone is 1) ultra mature and 2) overly obsessed with Vick.  Maybe you're the one who should go get a real job.

 

Oh, and go easy on Caps Lock.  That thing doesn't need your fat, greasy paw holding it down all day.

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

 @Cso Get a life, you miserable mof0!! The man is right and you are totally wrong. Also, you are crazy as a loon. 

JulesG
JulesG

 @Cso That is not how karma works...sorry. You not doing something, then someone you know not doing it later on isn't some mystical law at work.... How about maybe Vick as a YOUNG QB in Atlanta learned from that and went on to win MVP and gain the respect of his peers, so NOW as a veteran talking to other VETERANS, he is making a valid point, like him or not. People act like because Vick made mistakes that he cannot have an opinion about people on the team he plays for!!!!!

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

 @doublejtrain68 And, excuse me, just who in the F(*&^ are you to decide who will be back and who will not? Do you work for the Eagles? If not, why don't you just shut TFU and write about shiite that you know about. Which would probably be nothing!!!!!!!!!!!

nivlac
nivlac

 @SusanBarth How would you know if he did or didn't do this behind closed doors all season long?

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @SusanBarth You don't care!  I bet that you just ruined Mike Vick's day.  Or maybe he just goes and gets another nice contract & we get to watch the whole lot of you get all twisted up over it.  Again!

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

 @pandah462 Hey PANDA BOY. We were discussing Michael Vick, like 'ultra mature' people do, and you decided to change the topic to Caps Lock, which were around and used for emphasis before you were born. But, speaking of Caps Lock and fat, greasy paws, I also have a FAT GREASY ASS that you can kiss. 

robmitch88
robmitch88

 @JoeCabot  @SusanBarth He will get a good contract but probably only three years, the problem is he will get it with a not so good team and then get blamed for their problems....blamed by some.

BobZiti
BobZiti

 @JoeCabot  @SusanBarth Anybody who gives this guy another contract will be signing his own pink slip.  Don't believe it?  Look where Andy Reid is...

pandah462
pandah462

 @AlSharpton Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!  You totally got me!  I now totally love you!  You're so smart and so strong!

 

I'm sure you'd be delighted to have another male kiss your posterior.  You're so sleazy.

robmitch88
robmitch88

 @JoeCabot  @Michael39 He not only served his time he was sentenced more than anyone in history for the same crime because of who he is, he spent over a million dollars of his on money reforming dogs, did probation, jumped through hoops for peta and is continuing to tour and talk about to young about not dog fighting. Sounds like paying his debt to society and then some.

 

JulesG
JulesG

 @Michael39  Joe's last statement summed it up the best. I wasn't here to offend you or anything of the sort, but just to say that what you were saying did not make sense., In fact, this coming up for Vick makes no sense. He made a comment about the people on his football team.... It's everyone else who refuse to respect this man trying to move forward and doing his actual job. And just to reiterate what Joe said, what else did you expect Vick to do? NOT play football again? He paid his debt and became a bigger staple in his community...even started speaking out against animal cruelty and took on the mentoring of Tony Dungy. I am still trying to find out what else was supposed to happen to him outside of death or not being allowed to play sports again, which is far and beyond paying for his mistakes.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @Michael39  The guy served his time.  What else do you want from him? He paid his debt as laid out by our criminal justice system, then got a job.  You have written several times that it is unfair that black men with criminal records are not able to obtain employment, yet here you have an example of a black man that becomes gainfully employed immediately upon release from prison, yet now this upsets you.  Face it, the guy has skills that are in demand so he is going to get paid.  This is part of economics.  Oh, and if you don't like the things written in posts by others, take it up with them. Don't blame me.

Michael39
Michael39

 @JulesG  @Michael39  @JoeCabot

 

The difference is that I don't feel Vick had to earn his place in civilized society.  He was picked up at the prison gate by the NFL and didn't have to do a single thing to prove that he had reformed.  The media immediately began praising his "turnaround" based solely on the fact that he was performing well on the football field.

 

Envy and anger are emotional responses.  My problem with Vick is on an intellectual level, not an emotional one.  I love watching football, but am willing to not watch it if that is the more appealing choice.  Tagliabue vacating the bounty suspensions bothered me.  It didn't make me mad.  I am not jealous that they got away with something.  It made me question why I was watching a "sport' where conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm was allowed to go unpunished.  As the NFL moves closer and closer to being a prison league, I find myself far more interested in college football where the situation is moderately better.

 

I came into this article to read what Vick said, not intending to comment.  Roderick gave me a great opening for a zinger, so I took the opportunity.  Then a few people took one little joke and began insulting me personally for making it (Does "your life HAS to suck then" sound familiar?).

JulesG
JulesG

 @Michael39  @JoeCabot You are right, you have every right to be bothered and upset. But here is my question to you... If you don't support Vick and think football is a "kid's game", then why come to a sports page and then comment on a topic pertaining to both Vick and football? That cannot be what you do in a day, but expect other posters to believe this is done without anger or envy. I mean, I don't like Country music that much, but I don't go to Country music forums to express my dismay for Brooks and Dunn. But hey...you are YOU for a reason, so I am not the one to tell you, you are wrong, but understand the perception you are creating and defending here. Otherwise, you are like a slew of other people who say one thing, but really mean another. For example...and I promise I am done...you talked about Black men who make mistakes and cannot earn a living...because society doesn't give Black felons too many second chances OR forgiveness for their mistakes in life...and THAT per your claim bothers you, but at the same time, a famous Black man in your same opinion "will always be the guy who drowned puppies, no matter what kind of contract he gets". You are no different than the people in the World who don't give normal everyday Black men a chance to be a better person because here you are doing it yourself. And you wonder where the sentiment that drives systematic racism and prejudice comes from....people who THINK exactly like you. If you can't let Michael Vick move on, then just admit that you are doing it out of envy and/or anger...because he himself is trying to move on and play a kid's game that a lot of us wished we could play at his level and not have to be here at work making $20 an hour typing about him....but again, I digress man. Have a good day.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @Michael39  What special treatment did MV get?  In one sentence you are upset because black guys cannot get jobs, yet you get upset when a black guy gets a well-paying job.   Seems like playing both sides of an argument.

Michael39
Michael39

 @JoeCabot  @Michael39

 There is a difference between upset and bothered.  You specifically talked about enjoying watching me become upset and envious, which is NOT what I said.  Vick got special treatment because he can play a kids game.  That is wrong.

 

I can comment on societal ills without being "envious and upset".  I won't cheer for Vick.  I won't cheer for Roethlisberger.  I was a 49er fan until the day they signed Lawrence Phillips.  When they did, I moved on.  It is my right as a fan.

 

I am not playing both sides of anything.  I don't like the way the NFL handled the Vick situation and it has nothing to do with envy or anger.  Vick will always be the guy who drowned puppies, no matter what kind of contract he gets.

 

I also lost all respect for Peyton Manning when he appeared in commercials with a man who was threatening the health and well-being of his employees to save himself a few dollars.  I value other things more than I value football.  You may put athletic skill above citizenship, but I do not.  That doesn't make me envious.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @Michael39  I don't suppose you grasp the idea that you write in your second sentence about how you are not upset with, nor envious of, Michael Vick, and then spend the rest of the post listing reasons that you are envious of, and upset with, the treatment that he has received.   What about the idea that you are upset when black men cannot get jobs, yet when a black man named Mike Vick gets a really good one it upsets you.  Time to make up your mind.  Or keeping playing both sides since that is much easier.

Michael39
Michael39

 @JoeCabot  @Michael39

 Welcome to America, where I am free to dislike overpaid criminals.  I am not upset or envious.  I have an opinion.  I am bothered by how the NFL treated him, when he was still on parole (i.e. had not yet completed paying his debt to society).  I think not about myself, but about the thousands of non-Vick young black men who committed far more minor offenses, but can't get a job at all because they have records.  I also disliked the way the media talked about him turning his life around based SOLELY on how well he was throwing the football.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @Michael39  And watching him get another multi-million dollar contract will be fun to watch, knowing how upset and envious it makes you and the rest of the moral high-grounders.