Vick Denies Any Issues With Coaching Staff

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael VickJason Cole of Yahoo Sports recently reported that there has been tension between Michael Vick and Eagles assistant coaches.

“One of the internal issues was tension between Vick and the coaching staff, with the quarterback believing some of the assistant coaches were pushing to have him benched, according to a source familiar with the situation,” Cole wrote.

Today, Vick denied the report.

“That’s absolutely false. Coach [Andy Reid] and I never had that conversation,” Vick said. “Everything we talked about in that room was personal, was man-to-man, but that never came up.”

So he’s not concerned about that at all?

“Not at all,” Vick said. “My coaches do a great job of getting me prepared, putting me in the best position possible. I’ve got nothing but the utmost respect for them, and they know that, without me even having to say that on camera.”

Reid offered a similar take.

“I don’t know where that would come from,” he said. “That’s not the case. Everybody’s on board with Michael and they have been.”

Of course, this is one of those that falls in the “What else were they going to say?” category. Despite what Reid has said recently, his actions indicate that he has given serious consideration to benching Vick at various points during the season. It took him until this past week to give Vick a strong vote of confidence, as the team’s season hangs in the balance Monday night against the Saints.

It wouldn’t be too shocking if an assistant coach felt it was time for Reid to make a change. While it’s certainly not all on Vick, the offense is averaging just 17.2 points per game, which ranks 28th in the league. Players and coaches have shown clear signs of frustration, especially in the past two losses to the Falcons and Lions. After a players-only meeting this week, they’ll now try to salvage their season against the worst defense in the league.

“I think our guys are very resilient,” Vick said. “We just have to continue to persevere in all situations and make the most out of the opportunities that we got now.”

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  • big red hater

    nothing like michael vick quotes about how to win games……too bad he will never win a playoff game again in his career…..I despise Vick and Reid with a passion.

  • Loke2112

    Right there with you big red. Just reading Vicks quotes, the way he speaks makes me want to hurl. It’s funny because he’s just like Allen Iverson yet AI didn’t bother me as much. Maybe that because AI was 10 times better at his sport than Vick is at his. Oh yeah that and the dog hanging by his neck while being electrocuted. Forget about that minor detail.

    • Boogie

      Ten times better, no rings .. and would prolly give you the finger if you spoke to him ..

  • Wilbert M.

    I feel a little bit bad for Vick. He’s never was a real NFL QB. We should have known the first 10 weeks in 2010 were an aberration. Mora Sr. hit it on the head when he said Vick was a coach killer. The fault lies with Andy – he should have known better.

  • Eagle fan 4ever

    I know its not all Vick, however he has a half of a season that he shinned in Philly. That was the first when they benched Kobb. Without running hes not a threat and the other teams know that. He holds the ball to long. Has no qwick release.
    That being said, i think if the O line would do there job Vick would be doing a whole lot better then he is. Also i understand a defence has dry spells but this is rediculous. There is no preasure on any of the QB’s. Thats not the defence we are used to in our beloved football team. I blame the coaches more then any player.