Michael Vick got it right this time, he simply uttered the truth, something the rest of the world watched the entire Eagles season. Andy Reid wasn’t the problem, the players were... but someone has to fall on the sword.
Vick, in candid and refreshing honesty, talked about how the old Eagles worked hard and fell in line with the Reid way, but the influx of new players brought greedy malcontents that drained the juice from a once powerful franchise.
Last week, Donovan McNabb got to gloat about how it wasn’t easy getting to accomplishments that the old Eagles achieved. McNabb’s closing gesture in his last days in Philadelphia was to help bring in Vick to Reid, maybe the only coach who would have helped him, not just get yards out of him.
Vick spoke ominously genuine as he spewed at the new teammates that had spurned his coach. Vick was the last loyal Eagle, and he was going to let everyone know it.
“It's all about focus, dedication and commitment,” Vick insisted. “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 thing turned out the way they are. It could have been a lot better. This locker room could have dictated that,” according to John Gonzalez of csnphilly.com.
“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.”
“Guys have to start to understand: You can't do it your way,” Vick continued. “You have to follow the leader. If you don't then we end up in the situation we are in now, losing the head coach, a man that we love and have a great deal of respect for. A man that I played hard for.
I gave him 100 percent. At least I can feel good about that. And there are guys in here that gave it their all. But you need consistent effort from every guy in this locker room.”
“I should have done it,” Vick admitted. “But I tried to take the modest approach; I tried to lead by example. I held a team meeting and tried to help guys recommit. It was still the same thing over and over again.
I'm not going to tell a grown man the same thing twice because the reason I ended up incarcerated was because people told me the same thing over and over again and I didn't listen.
I feel like if you don't learn in the first go-around, you disregard it. You just deal with the consequences because there will always be consequences.”