Newsday's Bob Glauber goes the extra yard for the inside scoop on the NFL.
"Coach" Obama offers tips to Vick
Michael Vick’s coaches have been urging him for years to slide when he’s about to be tackled on a scramble outside the pocket. And Vick has continually ignored that advice, only to suffer an assortment of injuries because he likes to fight for every yard.
But apparently Vick is willing to listen to a higher authority.
During a recent conversation between Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and President Barack Obama, the President actually mentioned to Asomugha that Vick should slide to limit his injury risk.
Vick has gotten the message.
“I was stunned,” Vick said at training camp. “I didn’t believe it. It was awesome. It was just one of those things that you hear that’s just hard to believe, but at the same time when you let it all soak in, you think to yourself, ‘Man, he’s got a point.’ If he’s saying it, then I’ve got to do it.”
Vick said he plans to break out the slide early.
“The first run of the year,” he said, “I’m sliding and you’ll know it’s for [Obama].”