Michael Vick’s NFL career ended with him on the sidelines. Now, he’s looking to start a new one on those very same sidelines, this time as a coach. Vick, who is working as a coaching intern with the Chiefs now, revealed his goals on Adam Schefter’s podcast last month.
Vick told Schefter that his current priority was helping kids, and then casually slipped in “if I could coach one day or be an ambassador for somebody that’s a great opportunity too.”
“I think my heart is really into teaching the game of football,” Vick said. “I feel like I’ve learned so much from so many great coaches over the years. I don’t want to bottle up a lot of knowledge.”
He was specific as to where he wanted to coach as well.
“I really can’t really relay the messages I want to relay to a high school kid,” he said. “You don’t have to dumb it down, but you can’t be as complex, and I get that. On a collegiate level or professional level you can express ideas, you can go into detail, and you can coach hard, and that’s what I want to be able to do.”
Vick was looking official as a Chiefs intern on their first day of training camp.
There's a familiar face helping #Chiefs QBs at camp this year.— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) July 25, 2017
Michael Vick is one of Andy Reid's coaching interns.
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Vick said he was fine starting as a position coach and learning how to be a coordinator. His ultimate goal is to pass the torch of knowledge to up-and-coming quarterbacks like his coaches did for him. But there’s also another incentive for him to coach, something that has eluded him — a championship.
“It’s another way to chase a championship,” Vick said. “I’m not done. I’m not done by any means. I didn’t get the championship when I was playing. Maybe I get lucky one year and fortunate enough to join a staff that may be good enough. That’s the fun part about the game of football man, it’s such a great art, it’s such a great game.”
Vick said he hasn’t reached out to teams about working, but stays in touch with old coaches he played for. He named Jim Mora, Andy Reid, Rex Ryan, Dan Reeves, and Mike Tomlin as the most influential coaches during his career.
Reid, who coached Vick for four seasons with the Eagles, told BJ Kissel that Vick “brings that respect from being a great player.”
“I love it man, I love that he’s enjoying it,” Reid said. “He’s really having a good time and he’s into it, and so I love that part.”
Vick officially retired five months ago, but he hasn’t been far away from football. The Falcons had a ceremony honoring his retirement, and he participated in the American Flag Football League. Now, he’s jumping right into an effort to get into coaching.
Former quarterbacks have been able to make their way as NFL coaches. Most recently, Doug Pederson was hired by the Eagles in 2016. With the coaches that Vick has played for in the past and the relationships he’s maintained, it would seem that the grounds for building a coaching career are available to him when he’s ready.