Michael Vick and Andy Reid may have had two straight disastrous seasons in 2011 and 2012 to end Reid’s tenure in Philadelphia, but Vick certainly doesn’t seem like he has wavered on his loyalty towards Reid, just a day before he will take the field against Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I’ll never forget the opportunities given to me by this organization and by Andy Reid,” Vick said Tuesday. “That will never change.”
Vick was obviously alluding to Reid and the Eagles being the first team to take a chance and sign Vick after he was released from federal prison after pleading guilty to dog-fighting charges.
More than just being thankful for the opportunity Reid gave him, Vick went as far as talking about Reid’s legacy as not only a football coach, but a human being.
“Andy Reid is a man who will go down in history, in my book, as one of the greatest coaches of all time and one of the greatest men I’ve ever met,” Vick said.
I think locally we have a much more realistic view of Andy Reid than the national media (cough, cough Mike and Mike), trying to tell us how friendly Reid was to everyone in Philadelphia. We all sat here and listened to 12 seasons worth of Reid talking down to the media and the fanbase, and despite the tremendous amount of good he did with the Eagles, know that he didn’t have the Superbowl clout to act like that.
Still, much like the national media, Reid’s players have a much more positive view of Big Red as a coach and a person.
LeSean McCoy, who appeared to be the most upset when Reid was fired, spoke about Reid’s personality but kept things in perspective by reminding anyone who may have forgotten that football is the most important aspect of the NFL.
“There are so many good things I could say about him,” McCoy said. “Excellent person. I think people don’t really realize how good of a person he really was. … We definitely miss him, but I mean, it’s football. It’s a business.”
DeSean Jackson spoke Monday, and had echoed Vick and McCoy’s statements on Reid.
“Coach Reid is a father figure to me,” said Jackson, who was once suspended by Reid for a game for breaking team rules. “He’s a great guy, and we’ve been keeping in contact throughout the offseason and the preseason. He texted me after last week’s game, so it’s going to be great to see him come back.”
I can’t say that I have the same perspective of Reid as those three, but I view him as a football coach only, and never saw much of the personal side of Reid. And when I did see the personal side, it wasn’t a very nice one.
In the end, the personal side should be outweighed by the football coach side anyway. Often times the media is guilty of forgetting that their job isn’t to be best friends with the players and coaches, but to give real insight on what they see, and I think simply we have given so much real insight on Reid, that you would have to have lived in Philly for the entire Reid era to fully grasp the angle where we are coming from.