Michael Vick On His Critics: They’re Ignorant, Don’t Know Football
Michael Vick has had enough of his critics questioning his ability to play quarterback and read defenses, so he’s firing back.
Vick was on 97.5 The Fanatic earlier this week, and was asked by Mike Missanelli, and was asked to address critics who have who say that he doesn’t make quick enough reads and holds on to the football too long.
“I’m really tempted right now to just say no comment to that because like I said a second ago, you don’t last 12 years in the NFL not being able to read the defense,” Vick said. “Those people who are talking and saying that are just ignorant, and they know nothing about football. Unless they turn on the film and watch my game and see what goes on, then they’ll replace those comments with the right comments.”
When Missanelli reminded Michael that many of his critics have made those claims, Vick said, “But it’s incorrect. Without getting sensitive about it, it’s incorrect. So I’d rather not talk about it.”
Vick tried to explain that a lot of his issues with turnovers and bad situations were due to the plays being called or the routes being run.
“We had a lot of deeper throws last year, which required more time,” Vick said. “It’s just a big difference. Not to say there was anything wrong with the west coast system, I loved it. I spent seven years in it, and it was cool. But I think the change of pace for me at this point in my career is good and the game is a lot easier now.”
Vick also addressed his fumbling issue, and stated that Chip Kelly taught him a new way to carry the ball.
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“Chip told me how to run with the football the other day,” Vick said. “He taught me how to run with the football and how to carry the football, and I think it’s something that you just have to work on.”
“The other day, I broke out in the pocket, and the first thing Chip told me was to tuck the football,” Vick said. “So I showed him how I was running with it, and he looked at it and he knocked the ball right out of my hands. And he was like, ‘Hold it like this.’ And what he told me felt comfortable. I had a tighter grip on the football. That should secure that problem as long as I work on it. Like I said, you’re always a work in progress, and even when you think you know it all, sometimes you don’t. The people who feel like they know everything, they don’t.”