After getting shellacked 42-7 by the New York Giants on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, embattled Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick rightfully blasted his underachieving teammates.
The 6-foot, 215 pound Vick, who has thrown 123 touchdowns, in contrast to 82 interceptions, for 20,274 yards since the Atlanta Falcons chose him with the first pick out of Virginia Tech in the 2001 NFL Draft, also expressed remorse for the fate met by former head coach Andy Reid.
“It’s all about focus, dedication and commitment,” said Vick, 32, the winner of the 2010 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award who was shelved in favor of the immortal Nick Foles after being concussed in November. “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 things turned out the way they are. It could have been a lot better. This locker room could have dictated that.”
Vick, who is the all-time NFL leading rusher for quarterbacks with 5,551 yards and 34 scores, was forced to perform behind a depleted offensive line that couldn’t block Clay Aiken and his body has been battered from teaming with such peasants.
“I give 110 percent effort,” said Vick, a four-time Pro Bowl selection who missed winning the MVP race by a pubic hair two seasons ago. “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.”
There is no question that Vick, who tossed 12 scores, against 10 picks, for 2,362 yards over 10 games, struggled with the Eagles (4-12) on the gridiron this season.
Nevertheless, Bad Newz Kennels’ mastermind also undoubtedly gave “110 percent effort.”
It is understandable that Michael Vick, who will play elsewhere next autumn, “would expect the same thing in return” from the other 52 Philadelphia Eagles.by