The Pittsburgh Steelers had a need at quarterback after backup Bruce Gradkowski got injured and made the decision to sign Michael Vick yesterday.
And as you can imagine, bringing in a player with such a controversial past like Vick provoked a negative response from a large part of the Steelers fan base.
It's fair for the fans to have a backlash against a man who drowned dogs with his bare hands when they weren't good enough at fighting. Mike Tomlin kind of shrugged it off though.
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Tomlin was speaking after practice today, and according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Steelers head coach claimed the team wasn't overly concerned with the quarterback's past.
“You are sensitive to those potential things, but we are going to do our due diligence,” Tomlin said. “Rest assured that we have done that. Also, rest assured that he has done a lot since some of the things that he has gone through. His track record to this point speaks for itself.”
A Facebook group called “Pittsburghers Against Michael Vick” generated more than 5,500 likes within hours, and the Twitter responses to the Steelers news were likewise very negative.
But, the game matters more than the morals in the modern game where money dominates all, and having a QB deep down the depth chart who killed dogs isn't that big a deal to head coaches.