Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire, and that was true of Michael Vick’s situation with the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football league.
Vick was announced last year as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta team. But the franchise had some major coaching shakeups last month as they approached their first season of play, which begins this weekend. First head coach Brad Childress was replaced by defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle. Then there was a report saying Vick had quit as the team’s offensive coordinator. While the Legends disputed the report that Vick had quit, we know he has been removed.
Coyle said on Thursday that Vick is out as their offensive coordinator. According to Coyle, Vick has been busy with other commitments and has not been with the team full-time.
Michael Vick is out as Offensive Coordinator for new Atlanta Legends football team – will be active and consult and support team, but he’s not calling plays.
Head Coach Kevin Coyle pic.twitter.com/o3THFHLAIH
— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) February 7, 2019
Atlanta opens up its season on Saturday at Orlando.
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There is already some significant turnover within the coaching staff for the Atlanta Legends of the new Alliance of American Football League.
On Tuesday, former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress left his position as the head coach of the Legends. Football Scoop reported that a day later, offensive coordinator Mike Vick left the team. However, the Legends said that Vick remained with the team at their training camp.
Frank Kleha, dir. of team communications for the Atlanta Legends, disputes that Michael Vick has quit the team and says he's with the Legends at their training camp in San Antonio, Texas. So much for that. https://t.co/c0oQWO80wy
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) January 11, 2019
Vick’s status is something to watch. Keep in mind that this would be his first coaching job.
Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle replaced Childress as the team’s head coach. The AAF is set to begin play next month. They have a 10-game regular season schedule.
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Retired NFL quarterback Michael Vick is a free man. Again.
On Thursday, Vick made a final $1.5 million payment to creditors, meaning he paid back $17.4 million of his $17.6 million debt, clearing what he owed after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July 2008.
“Paying 99 cents on the dollar, which he did, is remarkable,” senior vice president of Development Specialists Inc. Joseph Luzinski told ESPN. “It happens in, maybe, one out of 100 cases.”
After serving 548 days in jail for his part in an illegal dog-fighting ring, Vick faced down the additional consequences and vowed not to “stiff” anyone on the debt.
“I didn’t want to stiff people who never stiffed me,” Vick told ESPN at the time.
From 2010-2014, Vick went on a restrictive budget in order to pay back his creditors. Over that span and into 2015, Vick earned more than $50 million during stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring. He now works for Fox Sports as an NFL studio analyst.
The Atlanta Falcons ultimately lost out on $6.5 million for salary owed from 2009. Rather than gambling that Vick would pay it back, they sold the debt to Fortress Capital for an undisclosed amount of money.
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The Baltimore Ravens are mulling over the possibility of signing Colin Kaepernick in a backup role, but team owner Steve Bisciotti openly admits the decision is about more than just football.
On Sunday, Bisciotti confirmed that the Ravens have been in contact with Kaepernick. He also said the team is trying to gauge what fan reaction would be and asked for prayers while everyone tries to figure out the next step.
Bisciotti on Kap reax: "We’re sensitive to it, we’re monitoring it, and we’re trying to figure out what’s the right tact. So pray for us.”
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) July 30, 2017
Even if team owners are concerned about how fans would react to Kaepernick being signed, it’s a bad look to say so publicly. Kaepernick isn’t guilty of domestic violence or any other crime. He simply has controversial political views and created an uproar last year when he protested the national anthem.
Heck, Michael Vick spent time in prison after he was convicted on dogfighting charges, and the Philadelphia Eagles gave him a shot. Did they poll the fans first? According to former team president Joe Banner, they did not.
Interesting point/question. On one hand, hard to blame owner for listening to paying customers. On other hand, Eagles do this with Vick? https://t.co/q84dDD3URT
— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) July 31, 2017
No, we didn't https://t.co/TQ9KPPoClG
— Joe Banner (@JoeBanner13) July 31, 2017
Bisciotti is not the only NFL owner who is worried about fans reacting negatively if his team signed Kaepernick — just read what one New York Giants co-owner said about the situation. NFL coaches and executives have tried to argue that Kaepernick remains a free agent because he’s not a good enough player. Bisciotti’s comments remove all doubt that there is more to it than that.
Michael Vick said after he announced his retirement from football that he wants to get into coaching, and Andy Reid is giving him an opportunity to get started on that goal.
As ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted, Vick is working this summer as a coaching intern for Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Michael Vick said he wants to go into coaching…and he is working this summer as a coaching intern for the Chiefs and HC Andy Reid.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2017
Vick, who played for Reid in Philadelphia for four seasons, was spotted working with the Chiefs’ quarterbacks at training camp on Tuesday.
There's a familiar face helping #Chiefs QBs at camp this year.
Michael Vick is one of Andy Reid's coaching interns.
More on this later. pic.twitter.com/cTlpQBGYvo
— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) July 25, 2017
After he made headlines for all the wrong reasons recently while speaking about Colin Kaepernick, Vick will probably try to keep a lower profile as he learns about coaching at the NFL level. Studying under Reid, who has been a head coach since 1999 and coached in some capacity for decades, should be a great opportunity for the former QB.
Michael Vick has taken a lot of heat this week for the comments he made about Colin Kaepernick still being unemployed, and the former NFL quarterback is desperately trying to save face.
In an interview with “The Dan Patrick Show” Thursday, Vick said he is “truly sorry” for saying Kaepernick remains a free agent because of his lack of football ability and his hairstyle.
“What I said, I should have never said,” Vick admitted, via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “I think it was taken out of context in regards to what I was trying to convey, but I only want to help Colin Kaepernick. I’m not a general manager, I’m not the guy who makes the decisions on getting him signed, and I’m truly sorry for what I said. I think I should have used a better choice of words.”
Vick said on FOX Sports 1 earlier in the week that he believes Kaepernick would have an easier time finding a job if he didn’t have an afro. He backtracked while speaking with Patrick.
“His afro has nothing to do with him being signed and I wasn’t trying to relay that message,” Vick said. “It was more about helping him at the end of the day.”
Kaepernick seemingly fired back at Vick with a very strong message on Twitter, and countless people have ripped Vick for what he said. It’s no surprise he regrets sharing his thoughts.
Colin Kaepernick heard the advice Michael Vick had for him on Monday, and it does not seem like the free agent quarterback appreciated it.
In an appearance on FOX Sports 1, Vick said Kaepernick has not landed an NFL job because of his lack of on-field production — not his controversial political stances. He also implied that Kaepernick would have an easier time finding work if he changed his hairstyle.
Kaepernick responded on Tuesday with a strong, albeit cryptic, message on Twitter:
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) July 18, 2017
Vick is not the first person to say he believes Kaepernick’s lack of football ability is the biggest reason the 28-year-old has not signed with a team, but implying that Kaepernick should change his physical appearance probably wasn’t smart. Vick later tried to clarify his stance, as you can see here.