In his first national media appearance since leaving the Eagles to sign a one-year deal with the New York Jets, Michael Vick appeared on ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning today, and hit on a variety of topics related to his new team. Of course, the topic of trade rumors surrounding his former teammate DeSean Jackson–who he said the Jets would welcome, upon his arrival in New York–came up, and Vick answered the question honestly, rather than giving a ringing endorsement for number 10.
“Chip Kelly is a leader. I think you have to understand Chip Kelly to know what type of person he is and be around him. DeSean is not a bad person by any stretch, but certain organizations want things done a certain way,” Vick said of his former teammate.
While DeSean always seemed to look at Vick as an older brother figure who could do no wrong, this quote is interesting. It almost makes you feel like while Vick enjoyed playing with Jackson, he also saw the side of him that could be a pain in the ass. That side is the only major conclusion that anyone could draw as to why the Eagles appear to be at the point of no return with their Pro-Bowl wideout.
Vick continued, using Chip Kelly’s name numerous times, leading you to think that Jackson’s act wore thin on Kelly in just one season.
“DeSean is a very productive player and everybody has a lot of respect for him, but at the end of the day, Chip Kelly’s decision in what he wants to do is his decision. Who knows why internally — I don’t sit in on the conversations with him and the GM and the other coaches.
“I know DeSean’s very dynamic and the entire league loves what he brings to the table. But, you know, maybe we see something that Chip don’t see.”
Considering we have no other obvious reason as to why the organization has decided to move on from Jackson, most people have connected the dots that Kelly didn’t enjoy Jackson’s seemingly me-first attitude. Vick’s interview seemed to back that thought process.
Vick was careful not to burn a bridge with Jackson though, ending his talk about Jackson with discussion about how much he respects him.
“I’m gonna support him and he’s always been a great friend of mine and a great football player and I think highly of him. I give him the utmost support.”