I was extremely troubled by something Michael Vick said yesterday. Eagles offensive line coach Marty Mornhinweg talked to the media yesterday and he made some statements about how important it was to him for Vick to protect himself in order to avoid injury.
In regards to getting Vick to player a safer brand of football Mornhinweg said “it’s going to be the death of me” to get his starting quarterback to do a better job of protecting himself.
“Just my style of play, I take a lot of hits,” Vick said after being told about Mornhinweg’s comments. “It doesn’t affect me. I get up from it. When I was a young man, I played football in the backyard and got hit probably 6 million times . . . It’s something I’m accustomed to. Me getting knocked to the ground is like me walking. It’s nothing.”
Jeffrey Lurie, Joe Banner, Andy Reid and Mornhinweg should be livid at Vick’s comments. They should not allow Vick to make those comments or play in the reckless manner he’s known for. Vick is damaging the investment they made by giving him the multi-year $80 million dollar deal.
If Vick won’t play safer and protect himself, the Eagles wasted the money they gave him. It was a bad decision as long as he’s getting hurt every year.
His comments are totally selfish and they’re foolish. This team is going nowhere regardless of how much talent they assemble if Vick is going to be getting hurt two or three times each year. This quarterback isn’t going to make any progress and the team is doomed.
“I do think he’s gotten better, but not nearly as good as he needs to be for, first of all, the best interest of the team, and secondly, for the best interest of him,” Mornhinweg said. “So he’s working on that.”
Working on that isn’t good enough. They should demand that he slide or get out of bounds and if he doesn’t do it, they should bench him. Now is the best time to do it, because they will probably be eliminated from the playoffs when they start their game on Sunday afternoon.
If I were coaching this football team, I would sit him down if he refused to play the game the way I wanted him to do it. It’s as simple as that.