The Dogfighting Is In The Past, Michael Vick, It’s Time To LeadBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Like it or not Michael Vick is back for another year on the Eagles roster and I think he’s probably going to be the starting quarterback. With that in mind, I think it’s vital that Vick start leading this football team.
He has to stop trying to be everybody’s friend. He must stop being the nicest guy in the locker room and be the leader.
There’s no question that Vick wanted to let everybody know that he was a nice guy, when he returned to the league after spending almost two years in the Federal penitentiary. He came back humbled and appreciative of getting the opportunity to continue playing football.
His life was an apology. All he did was a apologize. The guy sincerely realized that what he had been doing was wrong. Apology time is over. No more apologies.
Vick shouldn’t be willing to talk about his past with anybody in the media anymore. His crime and jail time are nothing put the past. The only thing that matters now is how he plays football and leads this team. He’s got to forgive himself for once and for all. Then he must lift up his head and stop it with the nicest guy on the team stuff.
A good leader can’t be the nicest guy on the team because he’s got to be willing to hold people accountable, demand excellence from every member of the squad including himself, even if that means getting in the faces of his teammates and chewing them out.
Have you ever been in charge of a group of people? Have you every been a captain of an NFL team? I have.
If you’re the leader you can’t be everybody’s friend. There has to be some separating space between the leader and everybody else. Vick has to establish that space.
Last year, I thought he failed to lead.
Of course Vick needs to play better himself, but he also needs to be climbing all over teammates who don’t give the necessary effort in the classroom, in the weight room, on the practice field and in the game. He made some statements after the season ended which he should have made during the season. Be a leader.
He needs to have a burial ceremony for all the magazine and newspapers articles about the dogfighting and his time in jail. He needs to bury all that stuff. The quarterback mist realize that it’s all about football now. The dogfighting is a thing of the past.
The people who care more about the dogfighting than anything else will always feel that way, but the majority of the fans only care about the way Michael Vick leads this football team. He must bury the past.
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