Vick’s comments shouldn’t surprise us
I had to shake my head at Michael Vick’s most recent comments that came via 790-AM The Zone in Atlanta.
The Philly backup QB, who I still think could be a hot name come early March, threw himself under the bus for his lack of dedication while he was playing for the Falcons.
According to the report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Vick said, “There was a lot more I could have done off the field and in the film room that could have elevated my game to a different level. I was complacent at the time, somewhat lazy, and I settled for mediocrity. I thought what I was doing was enough."
Come on, Mike.
As a fan as an ex-player in this league, I hate hearing those things. For one, don’t tell fans that you were “lazy” when it came to the game. No one wants to hear that, and from an ex-player’s perspective, it’s just straight crap. I understand that there are people in every profession who lay down when it comes to preparing and treating their job with a sense of professionalism that you’d expect as their co-worker, but this song and dance by Vick is so overplayed in the NFL.
It’s the personal rallying cry for any player who’s been down and out. I read on and saw Vick’s statements that followed about how he was going to work to play his “best football” and what not.
Great. I’ve heard that before too.
This is really nothing new. It was the talk about Vick when I was playing. And saying that kills me even more, because this is the same QB who ran my Packers out of the playoffs in 2002 at Lambeau. He owned us that night.
But now I have to wonder how good this guy could really be. If, well, he studies, did the things to prepare and treated this game like a real job — where you’re expected to be accountable to your teammates.
Guys like me who played in the league were just that — guys. But we had to do our jobs every day and prepare every day. And I’m not just talking about Sundays. I had to be prepared to go at practice, in the offseason OTAs and mini-camps and every single day in August during camp.
If not, my ass was gone.
The crazy thing? Talent still rules in the league. Scouts, coaches, GMs won’t care about Vick’s comments if they have any interest in him. I even wrote about it when discussing Vick as a possibility to replace Trent Edwards as the starting QB in Buffalo.
Vick admitting that he didn’t prepare doesn't change anything for the 2010 season. All it does is remind us that there are certain guys in this league who take every day for granted when it comes to walking into that locker room.
Look, the guy has talent that hasn’t been seen before in certain aspects of the quarterback position. That will never change.
But if he really wants us to believe what he says, he’s going to have to show us before I buy it this time around.
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