Vick on Tyrod: "You've got a god given talent. Use it."

October 18, 2017

Joe DiBiase reporting

Former Falcons, Eagles, Jets, and Steelers quarterback Michael Vick is now working as a broadcaster at FOX. Vick, who last played for the Steelers in 2015, has a connection to Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Both played their college football at Virginia Tech. Vick started for the Hokies in 1999 and 2000, while Taylor started half of 2007 and all of 2008, 2009, and 2010. Vick is in Buffalo, to do a sit down interview with Taylor, that will be aired on Sunday morning on Fox. 

Vick not only shares similarities with Taylor from where they went to school, but knows all to well what it is like to be a running quarterback in the NFL. Taylor leads quarterbacks in the NFL with over 1,000 rushing yards since 2015. Vick ran even more, rushing for 1,039 yards in 2006. 

Vick sat down with John Murphy, Donald Jones, and Thurman Thomas on Wednesday afternoon. Here is some of what Vick said in that segment.

On both playing at Virginia Tech: 
"Because Tyrod played longer than me, I think 3 years, I don't have too many records. Got a lot of wins, but not too many records."

On Tyrod coming up before college:
"Tyrod burst on the scene, really showed what he could do at a young age. He was a very smart kid. Everybody said he was a great student athlete. His game spoke for himself. I always told Tyrod, you create your own legacy, going into college."

On criticism of running quarterbacks:
"People always want to see more. Until you continue to produce what they want to see, people will nit pick. You just have to have thick skin. I didn't get offended by things that got said in Philadelphia. In Atlanta, I took things personal, realized later they weren't. We're held to a higher standard, and we accept that."

On people wanting Tyrod to be better in the pocket:
"The minute that any quarterback takes away his strengths, and does what the people want him to do, he'll be confused and mind-boggled. I know I wanted to progress as a passer. Wanted to do everything Andy Reid wanted me to do. Those are the moments you find out how good you really are. Be yourself, he led the league in all quarterbacks rushing since 2015. Take advantage of your god given gifts. I see him escaping the pocket and doing things we like to see, and quarterbacks should be able to do. There's a lot of coordinators out there who would love to have their quarterbacks escaping the pocket, getting away from pressure, it's a gift. Use it."

On the Bills trading away Sammy Watkins, letting Robert Woods walk:
"That's a question I want to ask Tyrod. How he's feeling about not having weapons. He's doing it with guys they didn't see fit. What tells me is, maybe coach McDermott believes in Tyrod."

On the future of Tyrod Taylor:
"He's only in his 7th year. I'm a firm believer the quarterback is only going to be as good as his coach. The coach has to find ways to put the quarterback in positions to be successful. Move the chains, score the TDs, that's the life of the party."

For the entire segment of Vick on the John Murphy Show, you can listen to it below.