SAINT JOSEPH, Mo. – Last month, transcendent quarterback Mike Vick told News 3’s Mitch Brown he doesn’t see any NFL QB playing the game the way he played it. Now Vick has a chance to teach QBs the way he played.
Through the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship, the Kansas City Chiefs hired Vick as a coaching intern. The Newport News native and soon-to-be Virginia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame enshrinee was on the field Tuesday as Kansas City conducted its first practice of training camp.
Vick played under current Chiefs head coach Andy Reid from 2009 to 2012 in Philadelphia. Kansas City traded up and used a 2017 first round draft pick (10th overall) on Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Incumbent Alex Smith is 41-and-20 in four seasons as the Chiefs starting quarterback.
“He’s one of those guys that whatever he wanted to do, he could do,” Reid told Chiefs.com. “He could go into TV, radio, coaching, whatever, I mean he he’s a good people person, you know he’s quiet, but he’s a good people person and he speaks well, and just has a good way about him.”
“There aren’t that many people in the world who have that kind of experience at the position,” Alex Smith told the website. “Mike’s obviously a guy that, certainly a lot of us in my generation, early on we’re in awe of, and then to watch him as I was in high school and college and then to play against him in the pros for a lot of years, that’s always been crazy and exciting and always try to aspire to be like.”
Vick was the No. 1 overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL Draft. He played 13 seasons in the NFL for four different teams, throwing for 22,464 yards, with 133 touchdowns and 88 interceptions during his career. He holds two NFL records – rushing yards by a quarterback in a season (1,039) and a career (6,109).
“He’s giving us tips that he learned when he was with Reid and the Eagles, talking about the drops and how you want to time them up,” Mahomes explained of what Vick has gone over after just one day of camp. “I mean, he had one of the best seasons in NFL history in this offense, so you just listen to everything he says.”