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Originally written on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 11/19/14

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On the same day the Andy Reid Era expectedly came to an end, Michael Vick went to bat for his now-former coach.

The only caveat: he knocked his peers out of the park.

Speaking candidly to reporters Monday, the Eagles quarterback blasted his teammates for a “lack of effort” that was “very evident” during the club’s dismal 4-12 season.

“It’s all about focus, dedication and commitment,” Vick said, via CSNPhilly.com. “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.”

Vick insisted he gave his all, which is more than he could say about many of his mates.

“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.”

But he didn’t get it. As echoed by running back LeSean McCoy and receiver Jeremy Maclin, some of the “new faces” failed to “buy in” to Reid’s philosophy. That angers Vick, whom Reid developed a close bond with over the years.

“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.”

Vick added that he regrets not speaking up sooner, instead letting the season — and ultimately Reid’s job — spiral down the drain.

“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.”

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  • So now that it's apparent that the 'Dog Killer' won't be back with the eagles he rips his teamates. What a piece of trash he is, I'm glad I went on record here on Yardbarker that he was gonna be a bust out of prison, and he proved me right. True, the eagles SUCK, but so does he. Get lost you loser.
  • so he shouldn't be upset that his teammates didn't try hard enough? Are you stupid?
  • He should be upset that he was better at throwing passes to the defensive backs than he was at throwing them to his receivers. He NEVER once showed the flash he had when he came out of college...the well deserved time in prison killed his career and now he's paying for it. Phuck Michael Vick and Phuck and anyone that stands up for this loser. Besides, any player with an ounce of class and professionalism would NEVER throw his team mates under the bus. Vick can go straight to hell where he belongs.
  • He should show some class and not throw his team mates under the bus. The time he spent in prison made it obvious he's a shell of the player he was out of college. And only a STUPID person would defend what he did. I'm not saying this because of what he did to dogs, even though that was horrible, he paid his dues by going to prison. But to come out now and say the things he said about his team mates is the act of a Classless Jerk and a Coward because he knows he won't be back in Philly. How many teams in the NFL truly believe this is the guy they want to lead their team into 2013, not many I'm betting. Maybe the loser jets who have NO quarterback, or the Cardinals but not many others if any. So now the question should be, Are You Stupid? I think you are!!!!
  • You have clearly shown you have major issues and don't understand what it takes to be a champion or atleast your best. Vick spoke out against his teamates as a result of what happened to Reid and the their poor season. Last year Vick has an exceptional year before he got injured, this year was plagued again with injuires for Vick. I neither like or dislike him to be honest, just thankful someone like you is not my neighbor or even worse I had to work around you. You are a poor excuse for a human being if you truly believe what you write.
  • Were talking about sports on a sports blog site..... where people go to vent and talk smack about sports. If what I said bothers you then your the one who has a problem. And I get along fine with my neighbors, do you need a Kleenex?
  • Your an aSShole, giantsrepeat. You should change your user name to Giantssucktoo. Vick was wrong for what he did with the dogs and he did the time for it. He is calling his lazy team mates out for their lack of effort. Good for him.
  • My point is you NEVER PUBLICLY CALL OUT YOUR TEAM MATES....NEVER!!!! He should have just shut up and moved on, he's finished anyway, nothing left in his tank. Besides, if you truly believe that an entire team of professional athletes just laid down your a fool, bottom line is that the eagles were never good enough to compete....PERIOD!!!!!
  • How do you really feel
  • You sound like a junkie with your worthless comments. Vick is one of the hardest quarterbacks in the league. Any team should be grateful to have a man who works as hard as he does. You call the man a dog killer, did you ever see him personally kill anything! Quit being a hater! You get lost you loser jerk!
  • He bites it!
  • You kill ONE dog and suddenly you're a "DOG KILLER"...give me a break. Clinton got his junk sucked in the oval office, yet he served two terms....big deal. I'd change your screen name by the way...Giants aren't repeating jack sh*t
  • Hey genius, we already repeated as a Super Bowl Champion, we have 4....what do the eagles have. Oh yeah that's right....NONE!!!! BAAAAHHHHHHHAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!
  • Typical dumbass black comment....you want the hatred to stop, then stop making it a black-white thing all the time.
  • you need to get a life.
  • so are you
  • Vick was right on for his criticism! Other players said basically the same thing. Wish pne of them had the brass ones to name names though, although the entire secondary are good candidates, especially the veteran cornerbacks.
  • The Eagles never should have hired this piece of trash in the first place. He's lucky he even had a job considering he's a monster dog killer. Now, he's criticizing them.

    What are you going to do next, Michael, hang the managers like you did the dogs, you sick, crazy subhuman monster.
  • you should be on the history channel since you talk about the past so much. Give it up. He did his recquired time
  • if he hangs anyone, i hope it's you
  • dont sugar coat how you feel. good lord lady- thats alot of hate. i pity your husba- wait, never mind. no way you have one of those
  • SandyP...you are an idiot.
  • I hope there is nothing hiden in your life, because if there is there is a old saying that goes like this.What is done in the dark will come to the light.
  • I am surprised the overrated and overpaid dog killing SOB still has a job; even if the ass is cut by the Eagles, some other dumbass team will pick him up so that he can collect an obscenely high pay check and still do nothing.
  • hate hate hate hate hate give it up already....
  • still talking about dogs i see....it seems like only the dumb ones can't move on
  • Formerdevildoc...you are an idiot.
  • All you guys are Haters!!!!!!!!!!!You guys wish you can play football like michael Vick two 100 mill dollars contracts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HATERS!!!!!!!!! AND Eli manning sucks give vick O-line and D-Line giants have and he would win super bowls too!!! Haters!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Mike was RIGHT!!!!! I am suprised he is still standing. Newport News, VA, STAND UP, WE NEED TO START STAND UP FOR OUR OWN!!!! JACKSONVILLE, FL HERE IS YOUR GOLDEN CHANCE TO PUT THE JAGS BACK ON THE MARKET.... PUT HIM TO WORK BEFORE HE SUFFERS MORE INSULT TO INJURY!!!!! KEEP THE DOG COMMENTS OUT OF THIS!!!! ENOUGH!!!! IT'S OVER!!! LET IT GO!!! THE REST OF US HAS!!!! THERE ARE PLAYERS WHO HAVE KILLED HUMANS AND ARE STILL PLAYING IN THE NFL AND GETTING PAID!!!!! GET YOUR LIFE!!!!
  • Killing another human might take some real guts since they can fight back. Killing a defenseless animal shows what a cowardly, low life ***** he really is...kind of like blaming his team for his pisspoor season LOL
  • Snapdragon...you are an idiot.
  • No your not snapdragon, what you said is true...now that things are not going well for him you'll see the real man come back to the surface.
  • Amen to that Ladylee....it seems that we will criticize Michael Vick for his participation in dog fighting...(a sport that is going on right now as I type this somewhere in the US)...over a human beings life! What about those players who have killed another person through either drunk driving, accidental shooting, etc. Those players are either still playing or nothing is ever said about them in the media.
  • MAYBE just maybe vick has the "o-line" that he has cause no one wants to protect his sorry dogkilling ass. i cannot believe the nfl even let him play. oh he did his time, excuse me but i bring up my kids and grandkids with the nfl and i had to avoid the eagles at all cost. how do you explain that to a child. well yes he murdered animals in cold blood and makes millions of dollars from football because the league has no problems about values? vick needs to go away and stay away. maybe one of his boyfriends is prison will hook back up and forbid him to play (since we all know he was definately the bitch in prison)
  • You explain that he was punished and that as a society we learn to forgive instead of hold grudges you idiot. One of the most assinine posts ive ever seen on here...i can't believe you have a child. God help his soul.
  • ren62j.....you are an idiot.
  • Why is anybody still talking about some damn dogs!?!? Its 2013 and guess what he's still rich and you dog lovers are still haters Lol! This is about football and Andy Reid losing his job. You crazy people that kiss your dog in the mouth stay in your lane and get the hell over it. Now back to football...
  • Yeah it's 2013 and Vick is 4 and 12 and on his way to being another broke, washed up dumb ased ex-con....
    If he's like most of his ignorant kind he will be cut loose in a couple of years and standing around wondering where the money went.
  • So you're predicting that he hasn't been using his money wisely in order to make it last? Please..what else is your crystal ball telling you? idiot.
  • It's old news that due to his crushing legal debts HE IS close to broke, or didn't you know he filed for bancruptcy protection. Hmmm, to hear you, you'd think you were smart or something....Are You Stupid? This creep should have just walked away and not said anything about his team mates. He wasn't part of the solution so that makes him part of the problem. But instead of taking the high road he throws his team mates under the bus, proving once again that he has no class or character. How many teams do you think will want this guy leading them?...not many! People defending him are just pissed at how your season went and this is just an excuse to salve the pain. It's hard to win in the NFL so Eagle fans with brains will agree that you never had what it took to win the division this season or last. So once again, Are You Stupid??
  • Is this the same guy that had how many fumbles this season and a couple were inside the red zone. I remember one was at the 2 yardline. Probably cost them a win.
  • fumbling isn't equivalent to lack of effort so what is your point?
  • I don't understand why all the hatred towards Michael Vick, PLEASE let it go now, as LADYLEE said, nfl players have killed human beings and are still playing.
    I am against what Mike did to the animals he had then because I love dogs, but that does not mean that he should be eternally castigated and condemn, when does a dog's life worth more than a human being's?
    I am one that honestly believed that the Eagles frontline didn't give 100% even though it was not intentional, resulting in their pooorrrr performance this season and the many injuries that Vick suffered.
    I have always been an Eagles fan as well as a Mike Vick fan in terms of his playing skills on the field, if he should be cutted from the Eagles's franchise, well then I hope to God that Jacksonville or Miami snatch him up quick, cause damnnn, they both are in need of a Quarterback, badly.
    Good luck to Michael Vick and which ever team picks him.
  • I'm not a big Michael Vick fan. I don't agree with the dog killing he did. People, he has paid his debt to society and now its time to move on. Like MotorcityG said this is about football not dogkilling. Come on talk football. Thank you!
  • I suppose it would be better if all of the dogs MV had would be better off grooming themselves then lick all of you filthy mouth dog lovers in the mouth while sitting in your lap as you drive on the highway. There should be a law against that type of indecency.Second hand mouth groomers!!
  • Michael Vick wants to blame his teammates for the lousy season the Eagles had while accepting none on his part. He had so many turnovers this season it's pathetic. The only thing he did well on the field was to repeatedly get hurt. I said from the beginning he was going to be a blight on the team. I hope the Eagles cut him loose. I don't give a damn where he goes so long as he no longer plays for them.
  • DEBBIZ1.....rest your mind please....stop thinking.
  • Funny how everyone wants to label this guy a "dog killer". He was a dog lover! (The ones that WON anyway). Anywho, this is America. He served his time and the rest of you can STFU. I'm not an Eagles fan, but I do root for Vick. He deserves a good offensive line...this guy should have won a Superbowl by now.
  • Its amazing how a man can loose his career, his reputation and his freedom. loose a $100 million contract and people say that's not enough. Mike Vick lost his life for a short time because he engaged in something that's been going on for generations in some cultures. Right or wrong people have and are still doing worse. Dog fighting is immoral, yes. But so is bull fighting and bull roping. Chase a bull down, grab it by the horns and twist its neck to get it to the ground. Kind of vicious!!! I guess its because it appeals to a mostly WHITE! audience. At the end of the day Vick is a great quarter back. His O line was terrible, yet he didn't complain, he went out there weekend and week out and gave his all. One thing I've learned is that, the people who are quick to convict and not forgive are the first ones to cry mercy when they do wrong.
  • Dude, Vick had every right to blast these sorry ass over paid bums on the eagles roster.......they didn't play worth a dam this season and it was evident that they didn't care because they knew they were getting a check regardless! And that goes for the coaches and players.

    The onlylayers I saw this year that were committed we're, Avant , Maclin,Vick, Foles, McCoy, Celek,Kielce,Ryan's,Cole,Cromartie,Bryce brown, Jenkins, and Mathis!

    The rest of the team didn't care and the only coach that did care was Juan and you fire him?Smdh!

    I say clean house .......start with Nhamdi, Coleman, Nate Allen, the outside linebackers the Oline, Marty Morningweg ,

    Also to those thinking Nck Foles is the future think again........this kid is not a franchise Qb he won 1 game out of 6 starts.
  • Vick should know about being a sorry assed overpaid bum...because he is one.
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