Wade Phililps Stands Behind Michael Vick

You read the headline right. The new coach of the Dallas Cowboys is standing behind embattled Falcons quarterback Mike Vick.

Before you become outraged, read on.

I sat down with Wade Phillips this afternoon for a one on one interview. You can catch that interview on Sports Extra tonight at 10:30 PM on NBC 5.

I asked him about his former quarterback, Michael Vick, who is dealing with an indictment for running a dogfighting ring.

Phillips was the defensive coordinator for the Falcons in 2003 and replaced Dan Reeves who would resign during the season.

He told me was surprised at all the negative events going on Vick’s life. Here is some of his thoughts:

“I took over as the interim coach the last three games. We won two of ‘em. Michael played outstanding in those games. He was great on the field.”

“I don’t know all the answers. I don’t know what’s happenend…I don’t know…maybe the people that were around him…those kind of things. I still gonna be on his side until something happens.”

These days sticking up for Vick is tough business. Just ask Emmitt Smith, Clinton Portis, and Deion Sanders.

Phillips thinks Vick is a good guy and admits he doesn’t have all the facts in the case. He has not read the ugly 18 page indictment of his alleged actions. He doesn’t have time, he’s got a job to do.

Newy Scruggs

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