Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick had a few choice words for his teammates following the firing of head coach Andy Reid. Vick, who missed a number of games this season because of a concussion and rib injuries, lambasted the players for their lack of effort and said that it's frustrating to play with a bunch of guys who don't try to improve themselves week after week.
The comments come at a particularly raw time for the Eagles; Reid was let go on New Years Eve after 14 years with the team, the longest tenured coach in the league at the time, and the Eagles as a team are coming off yet another disappointing season in which a three game losing streak brought an end to their 4-12 season.
More changes could be coming to the team and Vick's latest comments give more reason to believe that he will be playing elsewhere next season, according to John Gonzalez of CSNPhilly.com:
"It's all about focus, dedication and commitment. 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 things turned out the way they are. It could have been a lot better. This locker room could have dictated that.”
When asked by a reporter if the lack of effort "pisses [him] off," Vick said it does and that he expects the same 110 percent effort from his teammates.
"Yes it does. I give 110 percent effort. 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."
He didn't name names and didn't quite throw everybody under the bus, adding that there are some guys in the locker room who give it their all, but for a team to be successful, he said there needs to be that commitment from everybody and he didn't get the sense that each and every one of his teammates were dedicated this past season:
"[T]here are guys in here that gave it their all. But you need consistent effort from every guy in this locker room."