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Vick joins anti-18-game crowd

Michael Vick, Justin Tuck, Barry Cofield

As Mike Vick returns to the high profile he enjoyed among fans, media, and players, Vick has acquired more influence.

And he’s not afraid to use it.  Vick is the latest player to speak out against the expansion of the season from 16 to 18 games.

I totally disagree with it,” Vick said, per the Philadelphia Daily News.  “Sixteen games is enough as it is and I think it’s not good for the players.  I think it would only be detrimental for us and it would be tough.”
For Vick, given the pounding he takes as he moves in the pocket in an effort to extend plays, it would definitely be detrimental.
The mounting talk from players against an enhanced season provides another front in the unfolding labor war, pitting the union and its rank and file.  The NFLPA seems to be more than willing to add two regular-season games, if the price is right.  Many players seem to be not interested in playing two more games, regardless of the financial gains.
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50 Responses to “Vick joins anti-18-game crowd”
  1. xtb3 says: Dec 23, 2010 12:11 PM

    18 games or 2 or even 3 more weeks means shortening the dog fighting season!

  2. goldsteel says: Dec 23, 2010 12:13 PM

    I’m with you Micheal. Perhaps, there could be a dialogue for a 17 game season with concessions for OTAs, etc.?

  3. donovanmcflabb says: Dec 23, 2010 12:14 PM

    Someone should rouse Austin Collie and see what he thinks.

  4. jdandcoke says: Dec 23, 2010 12:18 PM

    i dont blame them. say what you want about these guys, but i think they have **** of brass just for stepping onto the field. the level of ferociousness that takes place on a football field is frightening and the chance of devastating injury is great. as a fan id like to see 18 real games and 2 preseasn games as opposed to what we have now…but im not the one getting killed every sunday.

  5. DonRSD says: Dec 23, 2010 12:22 PM

    i hope the Giants play the eagles in the playoffs…..we will do what we did to Dallas in the 07 season (lost both reg season games then won when it counted)

    GO BIG BLUE!!!
    eagles fear the giants

  6. commoncents says: Dec 23, 2010 12:22 PM

    You beat Vick by beating him up. Unless he’s successful getting the rules changed, regarding hitting him, he can’t make it thru a 16 game schedule.

  7. winstonhussein says: Dec 23, 2010 12:23 PM

    Coming from someone who is extremely lucky to be back in the league, he should just shut his mouth for a year or two.

  8. sullijo1 says: Dec 23, 2010 12:28 PM

    The real issue here is that the preseason is too long. Paying full price for 2 home preseason games is a joke. The NFL money mongers are trying to see how they eliminate the preseason games and still generate the same revenue.

    Here’s an idea – spread the cost of the deleted 1 home preseason game across the other 9 season tickets – about a 10% increase. While nobody likes ticket increases, at least they’d be valuable in the secondary market if you had to sell them for financial reasons.

    Adding 2 games increases the supply of tickets and will diminish secondary market value.

    Also, imagine if Carolina had 4 games left to play instead of 2…….nasty.

  9. jdandcoke says: Dec 23, 2010 12:29 PM

    DonRSD

    from your mouth to God’s ears. thinking about what we did to dallas in the 07 playoffs is the only thing keeping me going after last sunday. have to beat GB first though.

  10. joetoronto says: Dec 23, 2010 12:42 PM

    winstonhussein says: Dec 23, 2010 12:23 PM

    Coming from someone who is extremely lucky to be back in the league, he should just shut his mouth for a year or two.
    *********************************************************
    Exactly, he should be happy just to be back in the NFL.

    Like people who get off the boat and complain about how things are in their new country.

    You don’t like it, GTFO and STFU.

  11. janvanflac says: Dec 23, 2010 12:44 PM

    I don’t think anyone who hasn’t played football at least at the college level can have a clue about what these guys feel like the day after a game. Each play feels like a moderately severe car accident. 20 years later i still feel it sometimes, and that was
    division III

    I love football (obviously) but I don’t want to see my favorite players crippled at the end of their careers. If anything the season should be shorter.

  12. importantpftcomment says: Dec 23, 2010 12:46 PM

    I’d be willing to bet there were a number of players that had the same concerns/arguments when the season changed from 14 to 16 games as well.

    Myself, I’m not sure if it is a good idea or not.

  13. eaglesnoles05 says: Dec 23, 2010 12:46 PM

    Adendum: Eli is going to break his 20int record from ’07 though. So congrats on that.

  14. darind61 says: Dec 23, 2010 12:48 PM

    Expanding to 18 games will simply endanger more athletes. I think the preseason is too long and now the owners purely (out of greed) want to expand the season. Please don’t give me this crap about the players cost too much. I have never seen a player put a gun to an owners head and demand millions. By since Vick is a professional football player, he has the right to voice his opinion! I am amazed how some of you still bring up the dog fighting that got him incarcerated. Will that always be your default for lack of substance on the topic being discussed?

  15. tombradyswig says: Dec 23, 2010 12:54 PM

    Vick is the latest player to speak out against the expansion of the season from 16 to 18 games

    incorrect…. the season is 17 games now, all teams have 1 bye week!

    So, are they proposing a 18 or 19 game season?!?

    Confused……….

  16. tantrim says: Dec 23, 2010 12:55 PM

    “I dont blame them. say what you want about these guys, but i think they have **** of brass just for stepping onto the field. the level of ferociousness that takes place on a football field is frightening and the chance of devastating injury is great. as a fan id like to see 18 real games and 2 preseasn games as opposed to what we have now…but im not the one getting killed every sunday.”

    Do you think these guys are dragged of the street and are forced to play? It is the greed of many to quit college to join the draft to swim in the money they get so they are payed well to do it.

  17. rosenhayn says: Dec 23, 2010 12:58 PM

    @ jdan and Don RSD A.) The Birds arent Dallas B.) You do realize that you havent beat them in 6 tries?? C.) I recall it “really counting” in the playoffs when the Eagles came to the Meadowlands and beat them there as well. Face it they are in the Giants heads.. Even the biggest Giants fan can see that

  18. rcali says: Dec 23, 2010 1:00 PM

    Maybe 18 games would somehow violate his parole for being a convicted felon? Hopefully the judge can clear this up.

  19. marvsleezy says: Dec 23, 2010 1:12 PM

    You gotta figure if you asked most of the guys like Vick how many games would be appropriate, they would say somewhere around 10…

    Its not about them though. They are employees. They make money because of the fans.

  20. godofwine330 says: Dec 23, 2010 1:12 PM

    I don’t blame him. He is using his re-found fame to speak out against this. I am a HUGE football fan and I am against it. There is zero benefit for the players.

    None.

    Owners say, “Well, they are playing 20 games, preseason included anyway.”

    Wrong.

    Starters generally play 1 qtr in the first game, 2 qtrs in the second, 2 qtrs plus 2 series in game 3, then sit out the 4th game. Total time played: 17 games, 1 qtr and 2 series, and this is on the high end. The fact is simple; this is a money grab for the owners. They aren’t risking anything health wise. Like Generals wondering why soldiers don’t want to go into war.

    (I knew some jackass was going to add something about the dogfighting. Get over it, people. We’re not going to retry this. You’re not qualified)

  21. thetooloftools says: Dec 23, 2010 1:24 PM

    if you think teams are laying down after securing a playoff spot now, wait till an 18 game season drops. they’ll give a starting spot to the little kid who runs out to get the kicking tee after the kickoff. Someday the owners will get so greedy their will be 18 home games a year for each team as they will send a “traveling squad” around to play in the other teams stadium and then combine the scores from the two games to decide the winner. Do not think I’m kidding.

  22. mick730 says: Dec 23, 2010 1:27 PM

    Mind explaining how the preseason is the real issue? There are currently 4 preseason games. In the first game, the starters are possibly on the field for one quarter, in the second game, for almost two quarters; in the third game, the starters play 3 quarters and in the fourth and final game, they usually don’t play at all. So how is the preseason schedule the real problem?

    If two additional games are added, that means all the starters will be playing in all 8 quarters compared to 6 quarters in the preseason; at most.

    For the first time on anything, I agree with Vick. 16 games is already too many; they should reduce it back to 14.

    It seems the fans pushing for 18 games are people who have no lives and think that by extending the season by two or three weeks, they somehow get two or three weeks of something exciting. Reducing the schedule to 14 games would be the best thing to ever happen to this crowd. They could possibly get their fat behinds up off the sofa and do something besides watch the idiot box.

  23. lightofkolob says: Dec 23, 2010 1:33 PM

    I’m a diehard 9ers fan, and I can’t stomach the idea of an 18 game season. Fans of bad teams want the season to just end so we can hope for next year. NO TO MORE MEANINGLESS GAMES!

  24. ballotpull says: Dec 23, 2010 1:44 PM

    they get paid millions of dollars…if they need to work an extra two weeks, i guess its asking too much…lazy….$&@$

  25. DonRSD says: Dec 23, 2010 1:46 PM

    @rosenhayn

    the giants should have won both games vs the eagles.

    everywhere across America, eagles fans are PRAYING they dont have to see the New York Football Giants in the playoffs.

  26. cleverbob says: Dec 23, 2010 1:49 PM

    The Giants will be watching the playoffs from their couches, just like us. Their couches probably cost a lot more though.

    18 game seasons are great if you love watching backup players.

  27. bleedgreen says: Dec 23, 2010 2:04 PM

    18 game seasons could mean 2 things. Less meaningful games as teams could be out of hte playoffs sooner in the season, or, MORE meaningful games as teams can lose their QB or top RB for a game or two and not lose much ground, like in baseball.

  28. bleedgreen says: Dec 23, 2010 2:06 PM

    tombradyswig says:
    Dec 23, 2010 12:54 PM
    Vick is the latest player to speak out against the expansion of the season from 16 to 18 games

    incorrect…. the season is 17 games now, all teams have 1 bye week!

    So, are they proposing a 18 or 19 game season?!?

    Confused……….

    ——–

    The season is 16 games. Its 17 weeks. Theres a difference.

  29. pedsaregoodforsports says: Dec 23, 2010 2:08 PM

    DonRSD says:
    Dec 23, 2010 1:46 PM
    @rosenhayn

    the giants should have won both games vs the eagles.

    everywhere across America, eagles fans are PRAYING they dont have to see the New York Football Giants in the playoffs.

    ^^^^

    Is this guy freakin serious? Is that what youve been saying since the last seven times the Eagles have beat them?

    You really need to get a clue dumb@ss…

  30. bspurloc says: Dec 23, 2010 2:14 PM

    .
    nfl needs more money….
    they should make another channel nfl2
    and then have wednesday games only on nfl2 that is a separate fee to watch

  31. nesuperfan says: Dec 23, 2010 2:21 PM

    Austin Collie just weighed in. He was quoted as saying :”Obla mesque blah flum wok. Yo Adrian”.

    So there you have it.

  32. janvanflac says: Dec 23, 2010 2:31 PM

    “the giants should have won both games vs the eagles.

    Really? If the refs were doing their jobs the Birds wouldn’t have needed a comeback. They gift wrapped 3 TDs directly attributable to blown calls.

    ’07 was a fluke, and the Giants are just too inconsistent this year to go far – if they even make the playoffs.

  33. g3ts0me says: Dec 23, 2010 2:37 PM

    wow, look at all the whining giants fan. i guess i would be too if i had to watch eli leave his mouth wide open and throw interceptions every week.

  34. breeshasabush says: Dec 23, 2010 2:49 PM

    Hes lucky to be playing 16 snaps let alone 16 games, shut ur mouth and stay away from our pets….

  35. ruggerlad says: Dec 23, 2010 3:05 PM

    Cuts into his torturing animals time?

  36. daffy87 says: Dec 23, 2010 3:06 PM

    I think 18 games would be a mistake, it’s plain a simple a money grab. Roger Goodell tries to stand on a platform of player safety, but at the same time is pushing hard for the season to get longer which increases the chances players get injured and increases the damage they take on a yearly basis. He’s a hypocrite. He should tell the truth “money is far more important than player safety”

  37. aaronrodgerschokes says: Dec 23, 2010 3:07 PM

    tombradyswig says:
    Dec 23, 2010 12:54 PM
    Vick is the latest player to speak out against the expansion of the season from 16 to 18 games

    incorrect…. the season is 17 games now, all teams have 1 bye week!

    So, are they proposing a 18 or 19 game season?!?

    Confused……….

    Bye weeks don’t count as games.

  38. drshakedown74 says: Dec 23, 2010 3:08 PM

    I disagree with an 18 game schedule.

  39. apopnj says: Dec 23, 2010 3:28 PM

    Well i would disagree as well if i am getting paid to play 16 and suddenly u ask me to play 18 games. All of a sudden you are not making as much. The question is, are the players going to get compensated for those 2 extra games in their contracts? If not, it is asking me to work 7 days per week and get paid for 5. Doesn’t make sense.

  40. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Dec 23, 2010 3:55 PM

    Vick, Ron Mexico, Ochie or whatever he calls himself these days shouldn’t worry. If hes afraid of the beating he would take playing an 18 game season. I am sure one of Andy Reid’s druggie sons could hook him up anything he needs to make the pain go away…….

    Any beating Vick would take playing 18 games pales in comparison to what one of his pit-bulls or one of his beagle bait dongs went through……

  41. robsterny says: Dec 23, 2010 4:03 PM

    Maybe he cant go 18 weeks without getting locked up. For all the $$$$ you make ,and WILL be making …I dont want to hear about how you dont like 18 wks.

  42. johntonioholmes says: Dec 23, 2010 4:21 PM

    So the players don’t want it, and more importantly, (generally speaking, of course) the fans don’t want it.

    I think we see where the league’s priorities are.

  43. scorpiodsu says: Dec 23, 2010 4:26 PM

    DonRSD says: Dec 23, 2010 1:46 PM

    @rosenhayn

    the giants should have won both games vs the eagles.

    everywhere across America, eagles fans are PRAYING they dont have to see the New York Football Giants in the playoffs.
    —————————————————-

    Yeah they should have won with the botched fumble calls in the second game and the 3 dropped TDs in the first game. If after all that you still lose the game, you just aren’t better than the, period. Maybe if the Eagles spot the Giants by 50 they can probably hold on.

  44. johntonioholmes says: Dec 23, 2010 4:34 PM

    It’s becoming increasingly clear why I hate people and society in general.

    There is probably not a soul who hated Vick more than I did before he got arrested. I only hated him more afterward because I am a huge dog-lover.

    But just because the guy was a scumbag at one point in his life, doesn’t mean that his opinion isn’t valid. It’s ten trillion times more valuable on the subject of an 18 game season than everyone of your opinions combined.

    He’s right. An 18 game season will incur shorter careers and more lingering health problems than the current setup. It will also dilute the talent pool because of a roster expansion.

  45. apopnj says: Dec 23, 2010 4:40 PM

    scorpiodsu says: Dec 23, 2010 4:26 PM

    DonRSD says: Dec 23, 2010 1:46 PM

    @rosenhayn

    the giants should have won both games vs the eagles.

    everywhere across America, eagles fans are PRAYING they dont have to see the New York Football Giants in the playoffs.

    I pray we face the Giants again. It will be like taking candy away from a baby. It is in their heads. They cant beat the EAGLES!! LOL

  46. bigbluefan1 says: Dec 23, 2010 4:53 PM

    who give a fly crap what vick says his vote does not count as a matter of fact I do not think he has the right to vote does he?

    To the epuke fans if the Giants do not make the Super bowl this year I will be watching the recordings of the 3 they did

    What are you going to watch Mcscab tossing his lunch ?

  47. aubreywilliamsjr says: Dec 23, 2010 5:01 PM

    As much as I love pro football, I’m don’t want more games if it means the sport will become “watered down”. And if the players have safety and health concerns with an 18 game schedule, That should not be discounted or ignored.

    The NFL brand should be strengthened, not extended.

  48. cleverbob says: Dec 24, 2010 1:35 PM

    As a member of the NFLPA, Vick’s opinion is more important than some nobody Giants fan. What kind of loser sits around watching old SB replays?

  49. crm0055 says: Dec 24, 2010 5:57 PM

    DonRSD says:
    Dec 23, 2010 1:46 PM
    @rosenhayn

    the giants should have won both games vs the eagles.

    everywhere across America, eagles fans are PRAYING they dont have to see the New York Football Giants in the playoffs.

    ————————————————-

    you couldn’t be more wrong. I pray that our 1st playoff game is eagles hosting giants gaints play a wildcard game, eagles get a bye when is the last time the eagles lost after a bye week? when is the last time the giants beat the eagles? yea… giants cannot beat the eagles

  50. eaglesnoles05 says: Dec 24, 2010 9:52 PM

    Giant’s fans talking crap to eagles fans. What i this bizarro world? Scoreboard, fools. Take you past glory and put it under your dunce cap in the corner, where you are now.

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