Dog killer Michael Vick back in NFL because Coach Andy Reid is a crap parent
Yes, there are some things people do that make them wholly unsuitable to be in high-profile positions, particularly ones that children look up to. Not for Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, who signed dog killer Michael Vick up to his team. Why? Because Coach Reid did a bad job raising his own children, so he has sympathy for Vile Vick:
Eagles coach Andy Reid has got three sons. Two of them you could say have been trouble. Both have spent time in the slammer. One of them, a drug dealer, slammed his car into another back in 2007 while he was enjoying a little heroin. The other one pointed a handgun at a fellow driver when the two squared off over something.
Having these guys in his life, Reid apparently has first-hand knowledge of how people can turn their lives around and this supposedly helped him to push for the signing of Michael Vick(notes), according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I’m a believer that as long as people go through the right process, they deserve a second chance,” Reid told the paper. “Michael has done that.”
Okay, so Andy Reid and his poor parenting skills raised some crappy children, so he gives a chance to an amoral asshole like Michael Vick. There is no evidence his kids have turned their lives around, but whatever. From PETA:
PETA and millions of decent football fans around the world are disappointed that the Philadelphia Eagles have chosen to sign a man who hanged dogs from trees, electrocuted them with jumper cables, held them underwater until they drowned in his swimming pool, and even threw his own family dogs into the fighting pit to be torn to shreds while he laughed. What sort of message does this send to young fans who care about animals and don’t want to see them be harmed?
I don’t know who is worse: Coach Andy Reid and his beastly brood, or the Philadelphia football commentators who only care that Michael Vick might help the Eagles WIN! Because…there’s nothing more important:
Peter King at Sports Illustrated:
Getting back into a locker room with a solid core of players was more important. Hmmm. Stability. Erasing his past. Smart offensive scheme. Unconcerned about playing time.
That’s why the signing of Vick by the Eagles Thursday night makes more sense than Vick to almost anywhere else.
If there are dog-lovers protesting Vick’s signing because of his heinous dog-fighting history and convictions (and there are bound to be some), they’ll roll off Reid. He simply won’t care.
Paul “Vick signing is ‘a terrific move’ for Eagles” Domowitch, The Philadelphia Daily News:
Reid may have a few faults as a coach, but he is one of the best play-designers in the NFL. Give him 5 minutes, a pen and a cocktail napkin and he’ll give you a play defenses can’t stop.
He is all about creating mismatches. A safety on a swift wide receiver like DeSean Jackson. A linebacker on Brian Westbrook. Now he’s got Vick, who he can line up anywhere in the formation; who can throw the ball, run with it, even catch it.
Rich Hoffman, The Philadelphia Daily News:
Vick committed a terrible, repugnant crime involving a dogfighting ring that he bankrolled. After his time in jail, he spent time in home confinement. There is a chance the NFL will not reinstate him until the sixth week of the season (although it could be earlier). But there is no legal reason he should not be able to play again. Second chances are an American tradition, some say an American obsession. Vick deserves his as much as anyone.
Second comes the football part of the equation and this truth: The player can assist the Eagles. Not lead – assist.
Enrico Campitelli, the 700 Level:
Do I love the move? No, not really. Do I hate it? No, not really. But the more I think about it, the more exciting the prospect of mixing Michael Vick into the offense a few plays a game becomes. I’m willing to give the guy a second chance at least until he does something stupid once again.
Philadelphia’s sports sector has officially repulsed the nation. Hey Philly – as long as your team might win, that’s all that matters, right? Perhaps Andy Reid would sign Hitler as his running back if he had the right moves, and Philly’s sports commentators like Paul Domowitch would see the bright side.