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DP: If you were still coaching, would you take a chance on him?
TD: What I do in those situations is visit with the person and look in his eye and try to see what's in his heart. And if I get a good gut feeling, I would. I remember when we had the Mike Vanderjagt situation. Everyone was telling me, "You've got to get rid of this guy." And my son told me, "No, there's something good about Mike." So I brought him in, and after we had a 45-minute discussion, I decided we'd make it work.
DP: The commissioner says he's waiting for Michael Vick to be remorseful, but he's been vague about what that means. How would you advise Michael to be remorseful?
TD: I'm sure he's remorseful. I don't know if that's got to be the standard. We've got a lot of guys playing in the league who've had some issues. Michael's situation is different because it's such a national cause. Most people aren't going to accept him. Most people aren't into second chances. So it's going to have to be the commissioner making that determination that he's paid enough penance. And then it's going to have to be a team that says, Let's take a chance on this guy.
DP: You could kill somebody and have a better chance coming back....
TD: I've said that. I agree with you. We've seen it. It's happened.
DP: [Rams defensive end] Leonard Little killed somebody with a DUI, and it's not brought up. But Michael Vick killed dogs, therefore he doesn't deserve another chance.
TD: Some people say, "That could have been me; I drink a little bit. So I can have empathy for that, because that could have been me. But I could never kill a dog, so we shouldn't give this guy a second chance." It's a strange mentality. But that's what Michael is going to be facing. And that's what I want to speak to him about.
Hockey players lose their teeth all the time—just usually not when taking batting practice against soft-throwing, 46-year-old pitchers. Jamie Moyer told how he was throwing BP to Wayne Gretzky this spring. The Great One wanted to see a curveball. "I wasn't that loose," Moyer said. "Unfortunately it went up toward his head, and he tried to move and chipped a tooth."