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Did Reid's troubled sons make him more willing to give Vick a second chance?

So I took Florio Jr. to football practice tonight and then came back home in order to monitor ESPN and the Internet for any Vick-related developments.  And just as I was leaving to pick up Florio Jr., e-mails began to come in linking Vick to the Eagles.

WTKR-TV in Norfolk was making the link, as was Dan Sileo of WDAE radio in Tampa, who apparently got the news via trainer Tom Shaw.

But after all of the recent false alarms regarding Vick, I opted to hold off on posting a “Rumors fly of Vick to Philly” item pending further developments.

And, naturally, as I was watching the last few minutes of Florio Jr.’s practice, all hell broke loose.

I ask Gregg Rosenthal to mind the store, since two of Florio Jr.’s buddies are spending the night here and I had to feed the trio, lest they consume the furniture and carpeting.  So it was from the local Chinese buffet feed bag establishment that I ate Kung Pao chicken with one hand and worked the Palm Pre with the other.

As Florio Jr. and his two buddies were yukking it up over stuff that 13-year-olds think is funny (along with 44-year-olds who still possess the mindset of 13-year-olds), it occurred to me that Eagles coach Andy Reid — the final authority on personnel in Philly — was undoubtedly inclined to give Vick a second chance after his prison term because Reid has two sons of his own who eventually will need someone to be willing to give them a second chance when their legal troubles are behind them.

Though I’m not psychologist, don’t play one on TV, never have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express, and never intend to, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that Reid is in the unique position to understand the value of a second chance.

Oh, other coaches were willing to give Vick that second chance.  But Reid was probably more anxious than the rest of them to help persuade others that men and women who have broken the law in the past can still be productive, responsible citizens in the future.

UPDATE:  In Thursday night’s post-game press conference, Reid said that he has seen people close to him get second chances, per Sheil Kapadia of philly.com.  And as Tom Curran pointed out a little bit ago, Reid said on July 28 that “I’m big on second chances at this phase in my life.”
 

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56 Responses to “Did Reid's troubled sons make him more willing to give Vick a second chance?”
  1. skinny pigeon says: Aug 13, 2009 10:13 PM

    Bullsh*t, Florio. Don’t post everything you wonder about.

  2. bednarik60 says: Aug 13, 2009 10:14 PM

    That didn’t cross my mind. You are wise, Florio.
    Sometimes.

  3. TheVillain112 says: Aug 13, 2009 10:15 PM

    No.

  4. wydok says: Aug 13, 2009 10:16 PM

    Who did the Eagles cut to make room on the roster for Vick?

  5. FumbleNuts says: Aug 13, 2009 10:16 PM

    If McNabb gets hurt this year, I bet it won’t take that long and Vick will be the QB.

  6. HauteRage says: Aug 13, 2009 10:17 PM

    I don’t think Reid had the final say in this matter and I think this is one of the biggest examples of you reading wayyyy too much into things, Florio. Reid makes a differentiation between BUSINESS and FEELINGS… try to do the same.

  7. MrJumpman23 says: Aug 13, 2009 10:17 PM

    Florio,
    Kill yourself!!!!!!!!!

  8. Oozy13 says: Aug 13, 2009 10:17 PM

    pleaseeeeeeeeeeee…joe banner just wants more attention on his eagles. he cant stand any other team having more spotlight. well he’ll sure enjoy the spotlight when the iggles miss out on the superbowl and the questions come in if he regrets signing vick

  9. JaggedMark says: Aug 13, 2009 10:18 PM

    Frankly, I think Kevin Kolb’s recent injury, along with the fact that McNabb gets hurt often, had more to do with it than anything else.

  10. jbeatzz says: Aug 13, 2009 10:18 PM

    yeah kolbs knee had nothing to do with it…and vick is 100% better than kolb and feeley combined

  11. Girth Brooks says: Aug 13, 2009 10:19 PM

    Bring on the WILDDOG OFFENSE!

  12. NCEaglesFan says: Aug 13, 2009 10:20 PM

    WTF. What do Any Reids kids have any bearing on Vick….
    How do they expect this Vick POS to learn the WestCoast offense, as a QB, WR or RB. The guy couldn’t even find a second receiver when he played in ATL.??? He couldn’t read a blitz. You think he could play running back?? No upside to this move.
    He’s fast, he’s quick. Maybe they’ll use him as the guy who runs out to pickup the kicking tee??

  13. AmhaTek says: Aug 13, 2009 10:21 PM

    reall BS article, way to milk a story Florio, do you have a quota to meet or something?

  14. HauteRage says: Aug 13, 2009 10:22 PM

    Yea… can someone comment on what this says about Big Red’s faith in Kolb? Do we think that the injury is a lot more serious than they’re letting on??

  15. mred163 says: Aug 13, 2009 10:23 PM

    I’ve been an Eagles fan for years and I have never been as saddened as I am tonight. I would rather they tie the Lion’s record for futility than sign Vick.
    Mr. Laurie I am sickened by you permitting your team to sign this scum.

  16. bednarik60 says: Aug 13, 2009 10:24 PM

    Reid did not sign Vick with QB in mind. Open your eyes.

  17. Buttered Izel Jenkins says: Aug 13, 2009 10:25 PM

    Kung pao? Florio likes his chicken spicy!

  18. yellowjackets says: Aug 13, 2009 10:25 PM

    put your comments here. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/08/13/report-michael-vick-to-eagles/
    Most comments ever on a PFT post. Hey Ya gota have a dream….. and the birds just went down the turd-let.. at least Thomas has a camp friend

  19. Smush Rodrigez says: Aug 13, 2009 10:28 PM

    Who write this post Vox? Nah, he would have worked the Cowboys 5 rings into it.

  20. mborz says: Aug 13, 2009 10:28 PM

    @MrJumpman23: If there’s anything Vick doesn’t need right now, it’s supporters who invite people to kill themselves. Grow up.

  21. hayward giablommi says: Aug 13, 2009 10:30 PM

    Who the hell knows? Really, as far as second chances go…Reid’s sons ( the elder son in particular) is an un-rehab-able heroin junkie who already blew his second chance.
    Vick is a depraved, twisted sociopath who engaged in and funded torture of man’s best friend. Oh, and he allso knowingly passed on Herpes to women. Great guy.
    When it comes to intent, Donte’ Stallworth is far more deserving of a second chance than this vile piece of subhuman waste.

  22. Alpheratz says: Aug 13, 2009 10:31 PM

    Saw the headline, thought krookedsteve hacked in and took over……..

  23. JaggedMark says: Aug 13, 2009 10:32 PM

    After watching Matt Leinart earlier, I’d say the Cardinals should have went after Vick.
    Damn, is Leinart awful. Worse than awful, whatever that would be.

  24. Jackal138 says: Aug 13, 2009 10:34 PM

    This is a stretch, Florio, and…
    “But after all of the recent false alarms regarding Vick, I opted to hold off on posting a “Rumors fly of Vick to Philly” item pending further developments.”
    … this is an excuse. What was stopping you from posting the rumors for the fifteen other teams you were posting about? I guess when you miss a scoop, you’re holding off.
    I love your site, but you have to learn that it’s okay to not be the first on the scene. You can stick to sensationalism and rumor mongering better than any other outlet!

  25. CardHock says: Aug 13, 2009 10:37 PM

    Wow reach much florio?

  26. promin1 says: Aug 13, 2009 10:38 PM

    Sooo happy the Eagles signed him. As a Giants fan, this is great. Instant distraction and media frenzy for the Eagles. Couldn’t be better. Another pathetic desperate move by a desperate pathetic franchise.

  27. JaggedMark says: Aug 13, 2009 10:41 PM

    You talk about here today, gone tomorrow.
    The so called “Wildcat” will leave the NFL faster than Pacman’s money at a strip club.
    Anyone notice that the second half of the season, everyone quit trying it on the Ravens.
    I’m sure all the other teams have watched the Ravens versus “Wildcat” game films by now.

  28. mastodon says: Aug 13, 2009 10:41 PM

    I wish Vick the best with this opportunity.

  29. LiveNBreatheFootball says: Aug 13, 2009 10:43 PM

    I think his sons had something to do with the decision. I also think that his inability to notice that his own children were out of control will blind him to Vick’s own out of control behavior. An “understanding” coach is not what Vick needs. He needs someone who will make it quite clear his world ends if he makes even one tiny mistake (like hanging out with thugs or wannabe thugs).

  30. C.Bass says: Aug 13, 2009 10:44 PM

    I heard his fortune cookie said for him to take a chance today. And his lucky numbers were 7, 10, 23, 32, and 36.

  31. bednarik60 says: Aug 13, 2009 10:48 PM

    You guys are bashing Florio for his hunch but I’m watching Andy’s press conference live and Florio nailed it.

  32. CincyJungle says: Aug 13, 2009 10:51 PM

    I find it odd that people frequent this site and then leave posts because they don’t like Florio, who in essence “IS” PFT.
    I don’t always agree with Florio, but you get insight and perspective here you don’t find anywhere else.
    Oh by the way, he’s right on this post too.

  33. Psychologic86 says: Aug 13, 2009 10:51 PM

    Florio…yet another non-story. I respect your opinions on most things but all of these eagles non-stories are just really getting old at this point.

  34. lololnpnp says: Aug 13, 2009 10:52 PM

    Oh come on where the heck is crookedsteve for this?!?!

  35. Burritto says: Aug 13, 2009 10:53 PM

    Please, please, please!!
    Less thinking and more reporting!

  36. wydok says: Aug 13, 2009 10:53 PM

    Reid just said he followed Vick’s situation because of his sons. Good call … for a hack.

  37. mvlonergan says: Aug 13, 2009 10:53 PM

    What position will Vick play? Kolb was a second rounder, A.J. Feeley is a very capable backup in Andy Reid’s west coast offense, and Vick proved in Atlanta that he can’t run the west coast offense. Vick is just an outrageously athletic backup-level QB. That athleticism fooled people into thinking he could be an NFL starter. He’s never completed more than 57% of his passes, he’s never thrown for more than 3,000 yards, and he has a 7:5 TD:INT ration. That’s NOT a good QB.

  38. VoxVeritas says: Aug 13, 2009 10:55 PM

    “Who did the Eagles cut to make room on the roster for Vick?”
    Probably a “coaching intern”.

  39. VoxVeritas says: Aug 13, 2009 10:55 PM

    Bring on the DEAD DOG OFFENSE!

  40. VoxVeritas says: Aug 13, 2009 11:01 PM

    I think they’re all gonna sit down with a bong and a few lines of coke and figure this all out between themselves.

  41. BroadStreetBully9286 says: Aug 13, 2009 11:03 PM

    You called it, this JUST came up in the conference. Reid said his sons gave him that perspective, and that he doesn’t know if he would have that without the sons and their past.

  42. Jackal138 says: Aug 13, 2009 11:09 PM

    VoxVeritas says:
    August 13, 2009 11:01 PM
    I think they’re all gonna sit down with a bong and a few lines of coke and figure this all out between themselves.
    They’re gonna hang out with Michael Irvin?

  43. BigBear says: Aug 13, 2009 11:24 PM

    Reid sons are bad people because he spends long days at the office. After years that takes a toll. Second chance would be him retiring to help his sons, not just talk about it.
    Let the games begin. Check out this Michael Vick site.
    http://www.smackmyvickup.com

  44. southernboi727 says: Aug 13, 2009 11:25 PM

    Could you please stop talking about your kids life. This site is about pro football talk. Not some guy and the goings on about his child. STOP PIMPING YOUR CHILD. talk about the stuff that got you to where you are now, Florio. You never used to talk about your child now its an everyday type thing. CUT IT OUT.

  45. mborz says: Aug 13, 2009 11:47 PM

    @southernboi27: Didn’t Florio already invite you to take a hike last time you whined about this?
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/07/29/holy-crap-they-dont-need-me-any-more/

  46. realityonetwo says: Aug 13, 2009 11:59 PM

    You sure the kids weren’t “yakking up” that Chinese buffet food?

  47. WNYhell says: Aug 14, 2009 12:24 AM

    southernboi727 says:
    August 13, 2009 11:25 PM
    Could you please stop talking about your kids life. This site is about pro football talk. Not some guy and the goings on about his child. STOP PIMPING YOUR CHILD. talk about the stuff that got you to where you are now, Florio. You never used to talk about your child now its an everyday type thing. CUT IT OUT.
    ————
    Actually, his kid likely has lots to do with where he is now. At least the guy is an active dad who is proud of his kid. The comments didn’t take away from the story and actually relates on a level.
    Go play in traffic.

  48. Googly Eyed Vinny says: Aug 14, 2009 12:30 AM

    Vick can give Andys kids some advice on surviving in the poke

  49. Hillbilly Coach says: Aug 14, 2009 12:49 AM

    If this goes bad, public-wise, Reid will be fired.

  50. Jackal138 says: Aug 14, 2009 3:32 AM

    WHY WONT CROOKED STEVE WEIGH IN ON THIS? WE NEED TO KNOW WHERE HE STANDS ON THIS ISSUE!

  51. JimmySmith says: Aug 14, 2009 5:54 AM

    Who the hell knows why the Andy Reid did this, it sure wasn’t because Vick can play QB, we can safely rule that one out. His sons had nothing to do with this, it is pure conjecture (and bullshit) to suggest it.
    Its just bad karma all the way, the Eagles had a chance to compete for the NFC title, these distractions aren’t worth what Vick brings to the team.

  52. BigBear says: Aug 14, 2009 8:49 AM

    http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2009/05/13/garrett-reid-son-of-eagles-coach-andy-reid-back-in-prison/
    More info about Reid and his sons.

  53. madM100 says: Aug 14, 2009 10:24 AM

    cowboys! now the cowgirls! redskins! thrown in with the whites and turned pink! giants! sent to kevin mchales big man camp! eagles! arf arf arf CHAMPIONS

  54. Mike Florio says: Aug 14, 2009 10:26 AM

    @southernboi727 . . . .
    haven’t we already been over this?
    if you don’t like it, leave.
    please.

  55. Hauschild says: Aug 14, 2009 10:42 AM

    I’ve lost a lot of respect for Reid. You’d think with dirt-bag kids needing his continual baby-sitting, that he would steer clear of complete deviant like Vick. Let’s not forget what Vick did ( not the least of which being drowning and electrocuting canines and enjoying the hell outta it, and let’s remember how old this freak was – a man 10 years at least, into adulthood.) – Andy must be feeling the pressure to win at all costs this season. I’ve seen it happenn to the best of ‘em, though.

  56. SixBurghDude says: Aug 14, 2009 1:04 PM

    It’s no wonder that franchises like this haven’t won an NFL title in 50 years! The vast majority of NFL teams wouldn’t give this FELON a tender at the veteran minimum, but the Iggles gave this thug a $7mil contract??? Couldn’t have been jammed down the throats of a more deserving fan base…Iggle fans

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