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Michael Vick wants to coach in the NFL

Michael Vick

When Michael Vick announced his retirement from the NFL earlier this offseason, he apparently meant only as a player.

In an appearance on Adam Schefter’s “Know Them From Adam” podcast this week, Vick said he would love to return to the NFL in a coaching role, possibly working with quarterbacks.

“I would love to coach in the National Football League one day,” Vick told Schefter. “… At some point, I’d definitely love to help work with young quarterbacks and develop them and still compete, you know, with the team and with the coaches.

“It’s another way to chase a championship. You know I’m not done. I’m not done by any means. You know I didn’t get the championship when I was playing, so, hey, maybe I’d get lucky one year, maybe fortunate enough to join the staff that may be good enough.”

Vick played 13 seasons in a roller coaster career that was derailed by a dog fighting scandal. He ended up spending time in jail and missed the entire 2007 and 2008 seasons after emerging as a star with the Atlanta Falcons. Vick then had some rejuvenating years with the Philadelphia Eagles before ending his career with a season each with the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Vick, the NFL’s all-time leader in rushing yards for a QB, is not ready to leave pro football in his rearview.

“I think my heart is really into teaching, you know, the game of football,” he said. “I feel like I’ve learned so much from so many great coaches over the years. You know, I don’t want to bottle up a lot of knowledge, and [I] really can’t relay the messages that I want to relay to a high school kid because … you don’t have to dumb it down, but you can’t be as complex. And I get that.”

With the way he was talking back in February, it almost sounded like Vick was considering playing in 2017. Even if he wanted to, it’s unlikely any team would be interested in signing the 36-year-old — especially with you-know-who still searching for a job.

Vick has obviously learned a lot both on and off the field over the past 15 years. It wouldn’t be shocking if a team offered him a role.

Michael Vick not actually in talks to retire with Falcons

Michael Vick

Michael Vick may have jumped the gun when he said that he was in talks to retire as a Falcon.

Vick was interviewed on Friday and asked about retiring with the Falcons, and the retired quarterback said the idea was “in discussion.” But when pressed about the matter further by another reporter on Sunday, Vick somewhat backtracked.

“Well, I haven’t talked to anybody about it specifically,” Vick told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure Sunday. “It’s something that I’ve really been thinking about trying to get done. I was asked the question the other day — is that what I want — and I said, ‘Yeah.'”

Vick was speaking from his V7 Elite Playmakers Showcase Series when he made the comments.

It doesn’t sound like anything is actually in the works here, but what helps Vick’s case is his relationship with Falcons owner Arthur Blank, which remains positive. Blank invited Vick to the final game at the Georgia Dome. The two talked then, and it sounds like Blank was open to the retirement possibility.

“When I spoke to Arthur, we talked about various other things,” Vick told McClure. “Like I said, [retiring as a Falcon] is something that can happen down the road, and I think we both know that. What’s already understood really don’t have to be explained. You let time work everything out in between.”

Maybe Blank had told him this was a possibility if they give things more time. Over time, there’s a greater chance of having less backlash related to Vick’s criminal past that still stings some and makes him a divisive figure. Or maybe this is a matter of Vick wanting something more than the team does.

Michael Vick in talks to retire with Falcons

Michael Vick

Free agent quarterback Michael Vick said earlier this year that he has officially retired from the NFL. The quarterback even threw a retirement party at the Super Bowl.

Now that the 36-year-old is retiring, Vick says he’s talking with the Atlanta Falcons about signing one of those one-day deals in order to retire as a member of the team. He talked about it during an interview with Jon Chuckery on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta Friday.

“Hopefully soon. It’s in discussion,” Vick said of the possibility of retiring with Atlanta.

Vick was asked if he would want to retire as a Falcon.

“Yeah. I think everybody knows that,” he said. “I don’t think I identify with any other team I played with, even though I enjoyed my time in other cities.”

Vick was drafted No. 1 overall by the Falcons in 2001 and entered the league with a ton of hype. Though he flashed plenty of excitement on the field, because of injuries and more he didn’t really live up to the hype in Atlanta. Then he went away to prison due to his dog fighting charges and missed two full seasons before returning with the Philadelphia Eagles. Vick spent five seasons in Philly after that, including a very successful 2010 season. He finished his career with the Jets and then the Steelers.

Atlanta was where it all began for Vick, so retiring as a Falcon would make plenty of sense.

Michael Vick: Joe Mixon can be an ‘example’ for kids

Joe Mixon

Michael Vick knows what it’s like to be a lightning rod for controversy, and he’s weighing in on an NFL rookie who will go through the same thing.

Vick spoke Monday about Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Joe Mixon, who made it to the NFL three years after punching a woman in the face. Vick thinks Mixon can be example for kids watching the sport.

“Kids can use this as an example,” Vick said, via Connor Hughes of NJ Advance Media. “Joe got an opportunity because he’s an exceptional talent. Others don’t get that opportunity.”

Vick, who was infamously imprisoned during his NFL career for his role in a dog fighting ring, hopes Mixon has been humbled by everything that came from the attack.

“Joe’s young, man, and he made a mistake,” Vick said. “Let’s be honest, you rarely see guys having encounters like that. It should never happen. I would never condone it. I don’t think it’s right at all.

“But in terms of his football career, if he could go back and think about it before he actually made that gesture towards that girl, he wouldn’t have done it. Not if he knew what he would be dealing with now… I think he has learned from it. Hopefully, he’s humbled by what happened to him.”

One would hope that Mixon wouldn’t do it again because it’s the wrong thing to do, not just because it comes with a lot of consequences. The Bengals have tried to defend their selection, but it will do little to reassure those who didn’t approve of the pick.

Michael Vick already considering NFL comeback

Michael Vick

Michael Vick announced his retirement from the NFL last week, saying he knew it was time to hang ’em up when the Minnesota Vikings didn’t call him after Teddy Bridgewater’s injury. But a few days later the veteran is already considering a comeback.

Vick told TMZ Sports that he is getting “cold feet” about his decision, and it was all inspired by watching 39-year-old Tom Brady win the Super Bowl.

“I’m getting cold feet, man. I’m getting cold feet. Just watching the game last night, Tom Brady really inspired me. The reason is because I know how hard he worked. A guy like Tom, it’s just a testament to how hard he worked, the leadership, the people around him,” Vick told TMZ Sports in an interview.

He then said that he would get in top shape in case a team needs him.

“I’m just going to keep my options open. As of right now I’m officially retired but what I’m going to do is I’m going to continue to work out. I’m going to get myself in tip-top shape and just leave the door open,” said Vick. “Things happen throughout the course of the season where guys get hurt. I got a lot of relationships with coaches around the league and I don’t think I should discredit that service. I should always be serviceable and accessible just in case somebody needs me some day. I thought about that as soon as I retired. But retired life is great.”

It’s odd that Vick is talking about getting into top shape the day after the NFL season ends. You figure if anything he would take these couple months off and wait until later in the year before trying to get ready for a comeback considering teams wouldn’t really reach out to him unless they had an emergency, which is more likely to occur during the season.

Vick is 36 and did not play last season. He saw action and even started a few games with the Steelers in 2015 and the Jets in 2014. Maybe there’s something about the permanence of officially retiring that messes with an athlete’s mind and makes it difficult to accept, especially when it doesn’t happen on your terms.

Michael Vick believes he should be in Hall of Fame

Michael Vick has officially decided to retire from football. Next stop: Canton?

Probably not, but Vick seems to believe he deserves a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. While leaving a retirement party he hosted in Houston Saturday night, Vick was asked by TMZ if he believes he should be enshrined.

“I think the people will decide on that,” Vick said.

When pressed further, Vick was a bit less humble.

“Yeah, absolutely,” he said. “I changed the game.”

Vick could argue that he started the era of true dual-threat quarterbacks. He’ll finish his NFL career with 6,109 rushing yards, 36 rushing touchdowns and an average of 7.0 yards per carry. He also threw for more than 3,000 yards in back-to-back seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles after resurrecting a career that was derailed by dogfighting charges.

But is that enough to warrant Hall of Fame consideration? Even if Vick was on the bubble, the dogfighting history would probably keep him out. Although he was one of the most exciting players in NFL history, his resume isn’t exactly Canton-worthy. Based on what he recently said about Cam Newton, we know Vick doesn’t lack confidence. It’s no surprise he thinks he has a shot at the Hall of Fame.

Michael Vick hosting official retirement party in Houston

Michael Vick went through the entire 2016 season without being signed by an NFL team, and it appears the 36-year-old has come to the realization that there was a reason for that.

A representative for Headliner Market Group told TMZ that Vick is cohosting his official retirement party in Houston — along with rapper Gucci Mane — during Super Bowl week. The party will be held at Grooves Nightclub on Saturday.

Vick recently said he feels he is better than most backups in the NFL, but there’s a reason no teams were interested in signing him. He was not impressive in limited duty with the New York Jets in 2014 and Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015, making a few plays with his legs but ultimately proving to be wildly inaccurate.

We know Vick does not lack confidence, and you’ll understand that when you read what he said about putting himself against Cam Newton last summer. However, it has become clear that his best days are far, far behind him. Retirement was really the only choice.