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‘This Is Going to Be Very Good for Me’

Michael Vick on his expectations in Chip Kelly's offense, and more thoughts on Riley Cooper

PETER KING: Now that some time has passed, can your locker room accept Riley Cooper back?

MICHAEL VICK: “I’ve been Riley’s teammate for three years. Three years … I just know what type of person he is. I hung out with him in a certain way that was diverse, with blacks and whites and we were all together. I know that [racial epithet] isn’t in his character, and after seeing the video, and everyone talking about, the first thing I thought about was: ‘How can we just not give him an opportunity to explain himself, and somehow or some way reinvent himself?’ “

KING: How much of that is your history—the arrest, the jail time—and your feeling that a person deserves a second chance in life?

VICK: “I mean, that plays a part in it. I just felt like, just because he made that one mistake, doesn’t mean he can’t overcome it. Or he can’t be condemned for it. Everybody deserves a second chance. He needs a second chance, it’s just gonna take a little time. But, from us, his brothers in the octagon, we have to be able understand before we go to the public and ask for a general understanding. Because, first off, I know how ugly it can be. And I don’t want that for him. What I would ask people is: Just for one second, expand your mind. Just expand your mind and have supernatural thinking about it. Everything can be fixed at some point.  So many people forgave me. And it took time. It’s still taking time. I think the team will come around [with Cooper]. The minute they step on that field and somebody is on the edge and Coop makes a block, or Coop catches the game-winning pass … It may have to happen like that, but hey, that’s the world we’re living in right now.”

KING: Chip Kelly said he was surprised at how quickly the players bought into what he’s doing. Have the players bought in?

VICK: “Well, we bought in because the players respected him from afar. We saw what he did at Oregon. We watched. Maybe he still doesn’t know that … But it’s a good offense. You just play the game with pace. Create mismatches. I think that’s a big part of our game. I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. It’s early. But I think this is going to be very good for me.”

14 comments
rryaniii
rryaniii

I believe that the Chip Kelly up-tempo offense is the beginning of an era that deemphasizes the need for a top five franchise quarterback.  Does a team need a once in a coach's lifetime QB or can the team dominate because the whole team knows the scheme?

ThomasGreco
ThomasGreco

What is it with your obsession with Chip Kelly and Andy Reid?

CasinoGal
CasinoGal

It seems the sports media is always rooting for Vick, while many slam Tim Tebow. What's wrong with this picture?

HoppinBill
HoppinBill

Every time I hear Mike Vick speak, I can't help but think he sounds very uneducated.  I don't know if that translates into him being actually stupid (unable to learn)... but he clearly didn't pay much attention to basic English / speech classes over his lifetime.  


I think like every public or non-public figure who causes themselves the kind of trouble he caused by doing the terrible things he did, he learned a hard lesson.  Harder than you or I would.  Most of us once we got out of prison... no one we walked by on the street would know what we did.  We could get on with our lives.   Not so with public figures.  I hope that he took it all to heart and really examined why the backlash was as strong as it was.  I think he deserves his second chance as much as anyone does.  We really can't write people off from life just because they made some bad decisions or grew up in a way that left them unprepared to deal with the real world.  Anyone who is willing to learn from their mistakes (and we all make them) should be afforded the opportunity to move forward and re-earn the their place in society. 

CasinoGal
CasinoGal

I still cannot believe the NFL let this psychopath back on the field.

JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

Peter seems to work racism or homophobia into any article he writes these days

Marchoir
Marchoir

So we're comparing Michael Vick being convicted of a felony and serving time in prison to Riley Cooper? Really?

sefira
sefira

@CasinoGal Hmm, they have overplayed Tebow as well - in fact, too much ado about nothing, literally. The media would get on the Tebow bandwagon again in a heartbeat, once he consistently shows value to speak of. But 0.0 QBR isn't awe-inspiring and unfortunately confirms what all the scouts saw from day one. He got a chance that others would deserve more but it seems squandered. It really is about the talent and its exploitation. Tebow appeared to show some earlier and they were all for him, treating him greater than royalty, but once the magic was gone, he became an afterthought.

aldon
aldon

@HoppinBill  

Very odd thing,   People from Louisiana all sound Cajun,  People from Alabama sound very southern.  People from Boston sound like Bostonians.      I think most people sound like where they are from, and no matter how long they are separated from their upbringing it still hangs with them.   


Vick is from the "hood".  Its not surprising he still sounds like it.   Doesn't mean he is stupid but a product of his upbringing.  I figured most people with any common sense would have figured that out by now. 

ggtank1
ggtank1

It is what's selling space right now. It's all people want to talk about. What do you think this is a sporting site? Ha,Ha. You bring up a very good point.

HoppinBill
HoppinBill

@MutapaXvii @Marchoir Actually, it seemed like Vick was to me.  Not so much whoever was asking the questions, though I think you can extrapolate from the fact that they asked Vick about it that they certainly had it in mind.

sefira
sefira

@HoppinBill @MutapaXvii @Marchoir It is likely he was asked because he also suffered the media and public rage and distaste for his actions. Also he had to try to integrate into a team following the fallout, which was not necessarily easy. Cooper's 'sin' was far less severe, so maybe Vick was one who could reasonably comment on this subject.

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