The Philadelphia Eagles embarrassing 2012-13 NFL campaign has come to an end and head coach Andy Reid was shown the door. While former starting quarterback Michael Vick could soon follow Reid out of Philadelphia, he is taking some parting shots at his Eagles teammates.
“It’s all about focus, dedication and commitment,” Vick said, per CSN Philly. “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.”
If there was any doubt that his teammates lack of effort upset Vick, he confirmed that by simply stating it “pisses [him] off.”
Vick believes that the Eagles problems were in the locker room with a lack of leadership, but he is adamant that he gave his full effort every time he took the field.
“I give 110 percent effort,” Vick said. “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.”
Vick says he could have done more to help in the locker room, but it may not matter in the end if he is given his walking papers.
“I should have done it,” Vick said. “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.”