In a development that arguably says as much (or as little) about the Eagles’ players as it does about Mike Vick’s leadership skills (or lack thereof), Vick lambasted his soon-to-be former teammates on Monday.
Per CSNPhilly.com, Vick complained about the players’ “lack of effort,” which he described as “very evident.”
“It’s all about focus, dedication and commitment,” Vick said. “Until you get guys who are willing to better themselves week in and week out and want to win, you’re not going to win. And I haven’t played with guys like that. It’s unfortunate for coach thing turned out the way they are. It could have been a lot better. This locker room could have dictated that.”
It’s ironic, to say the least. Vick was precisely that guy for the first six years of his career. And some believe that he has reverted to being complacent since putting together an MVP-caliber performance in 2010.
Vick said the lack of effort from the other players “pisses [him] off.”
And Vick said that he’s not to blame. “I give 110 percent effort,” Vick said. “My body is scarred up all year. I’m hurt, I’m bruised, get up after every hit and still try and fight and push. I do that for my coaches. I do that for my teammates. And I would expect the same thing in return.”
Vick admitted that the outcome arose at least in part from his failure to assert himself in the locker room.
“I should have done it,” Vick said. “But I tried to take the modest approach, I tried to lead by example. I held a team meeting and tried to help guys recommit. It was still the same thing over and over again. I’m not going to tell a grown man the same thing twice because the reason I ended up incarcerated was because people told me the same thing over and over again and I didn’t listen. I feel like if you don’t learn in the first go-around, you disregard it. You just deal with the consequences because there will always be consequences.”
But here’s where Vick’s logic falls apart. Vick was in the past surrounded by a bunch of “yes” men and enablers. A football team commands leadership — and it holds accountable those who don’t respond.
Ultimately, Vick’s remarks aren’t the ideal way to persuade other teams that he’s suited to provide leadership in a new city.