Michael Vick tells Jim Mora he works harder than he did in Atlanta

In an interview with his former Falcons coach Jim Mora on NFL Network, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick acknowledged that he didn’t have the right work ethic when the two were together in Atlanta.

Mora mentioned to Vick that the Falcons used to send Vick home with DVDs of game film, and Vick admitted that he never bothered to watch them.

“The DVDs would pile up in my car, Jim,” Vick told his old coach.

Vick credited his former teammate Donovan McNabb, who will quarterback the Redskins against the Eagles today, for teaching him how a professional quarterback has to work.

“Donovan had a lot of influence,” Vick said. “He’s an early bird. He’s
here at 6:55, lifting weights and watching film, and I got into that
routine.”

Of course, that raises the question of why Mora and Vick’s other coaches
hadn’t already drilled the importance of that work ethic into Vick. Mora and Vick didn’t get into that in the portion of the interview that was shown, although NFL Network will show more from Vick and Mora later in the morning.

In a segment before the interview aired, Mora said sitting down with Vick had been cathartic.

“I had not seen Mike since the day I was fired in Atlanta,” Mora said. “It was emotional for both of us.”

17 responses to “Michael Vick tells Jim Mora he works harder than he did in Atlanta

  1. It’s not the coaches job to drill that work ethic into Vick by the time he gets to PROFESSIONAL football. The coaches gave him the opportunities, Vick chose not to take them. That’s on Vick, not the coaches.

  2. Vick should have told him that he was never coached in Atlanta. LOL. Mora is a joke. I used to think expansion diluted the player talent. Now a days it’s clear it has hurt with the quality if coaching. Vick is lucky to have landed with one of the good ones.

  3. If Vick had reacted to Mora’s sometimes lame personal questions as Mora reacted to Gotlieb, Vick would have told him ” I don’t know, what do YOU think?” or “Yeah, this has been a REAL joy”. The difference was Vick talked like a man in his interview with Mora, but Mora acted like a skirt in his interview with Gotlieb. I beleive that the Mora interview with Vick had already taken place before the interview with Gotlieb, so it’s possible Gotlieb knew some of the details that had been discussed.

  4. Mora and the other coaches are there to coach, not create a work ethic in a player who is not interested in working hard. Creating a work ethic is done in elementary/middle/high school and early college. When you get to the pros you should have it.
    Vick shouldn’t have to look for others to motivate him, he is a pro now.

  5. INCREDIBLE interview by Jim Mora and Mike Vick on the NFL network.
    Mike’s honesty is knocking my socks off this a.m.

  6. Vick insulted his former coaches, his teammates and fans with his I-can-do-anything-because-I’m-Michael-Vick behavior. He can smile and admit to wrongs now because he thinks he’s on top. Wait ’til a little adversity occurs and he’ll show the same old dog-murdering, azzhole character flaws we know him to have.
    It’s says a lot about the schizophrenic Philly fans that they can embrace Vick. Watch them boo the decent McNabb. Maybe they should try to get Rapistberger to back Vick up. Donte Stallworth is available too, I think.

  7. Actually to me, Vick admitting to his old coach that he sandbagged him is the best indicator so far that he’s learned some lessons.
    Him being a tool when he was with the Falcons is documented history. Him acknowledging it is a sign of maturity.
    Best of luck…ya paid yer debt.

  8. “Of course, that raises the question of why Mora and Vick’s other coaches hadn’t already drilled the importance of that work ethic into Vick.”
    What’s your basis for this, MDS? I mean, isn’t it maybe possible that things were drilled into Vick v.1.0’s head and he didn’t absorb them? Seems like Vick failed despite Mora’s best attempts.

  9. According to Andy Reid that is a part of his job as a coach, which is to teach good work habits. Bengal4life07, you are so right personal growth and redemption are a beautiful thing, I hope Mike takes advantage of this opportunity, and I wish him the best.

  10. Saint’sAmericasTeam, wait til adversity hits the Saints. Then you will return to wearing a bag over your head for the next 30 years or so, and we wont have to listen to you running your mouth off against reformed players.

  11. # LiveNBreatheFootball says: October 3, 2010 10:55 AM
    It’s not the coaches job to drill that work ethic into Vick by the time he gets to PROFESSIONAL football. The coaches gave him the opportunities, Vick chose not to take them. That’s on Vick, not the coaches.
    —————————————————
    Quoted for truth. Vick had a lazy work ethic and had to be pushed along at VT in a similar fashion that JaBust Russell was. Sadly they didn’t care about his work ethic or his grades as long as he won them games and added fans to their bandwagon and money to their coffers. VT is still reaping the benefits of Vick to this day thanks to the attention they got while he was there and the added fan base that they gained.

  12. Mora should have choked him out on camera
    I would have bailed Mora out
    Gotta to take my dog out so she can take a vick

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