On Monday, the Philadelphia Eagles fired coach Andy Reid after finishing the season 4-12. Quarterback Michael Vick had a strong relationship with Reid, who brought him in after he was discharged from prison. Standing at his locker for possibly the last time, Vick called out his teammates.
“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.”
One reporter asked Vick if the lack of effort pissed him off.
“Yes it does,” Vick said. “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.”
Vick admits he should have asserted himself more in the locker room.
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.”