Although Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been reluctant to give a firm answer in recent days when asked whether or not his team would consider signing Michael Vick, owner Robert Kraft explained why such a move wouldn’t make sense for New England from a football perspective when he appeared on SIRIUS NFL Radio as a guest Saturday.
Said Kraft: “For us, that’s an academic problem because we’ve got the No. 1 player at that position [quarterback] in the world, as far as I’m concerned, and why would we ever want to do anything that would take him [Tom Brady] off the field for one play?”
On Thursday, Vick told reporters he was close to signing with a team. Later that day, Belichick praised Vick’s abilities as a football player, leading to speculation that the Patriots might be interested in the recently reinstated quarterback.
On Friday, Belichick was asked whether he or the organization had ruled out such a move.
“Have we ruled it out? I don’t know that it’s ruled in or ruled out,” Belichick said. “I’m not not answering your question. I’m saying I don’t think it’s ever been put that way, so I can’t really answer that.”
When asked about Vick again on the radio show Saturday, Belichick tried to explain why he can’t always simply answer a question.
“If there’s a clear cut ‘yes’ or ‘no’, great,” Belichick said. “A lot of times there isn’t, and I understand the media and the reporters, they like to ask those questions that you don’t have a clear answer to and then hopefully you’ll give them one, but, you know, that’s not always possible.”