We could talk about draft choices and changes in the coaching staff forever, but Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is the key to the Birds future for the next couple of years. Regardless of whether Andy Reid remains, Vick will be the Eagles starting quarterback next year because of his contract.
If he continues to try to be Superman on each and every play, he’s going to get hurt again and put the Birds in a situation where they’re going to be playing a backup quarterback. You know what I mean when I say Superman.
When he runs, he runs like a running back, which means trying to outrun and run over linebackers and defensive backs when the opportunity arises. Unlike most quarterbacks, Vick has always priding himself by playing the game like he fears nobody. His teammates and opponents around the league respect him, but it doesn’t help the team in the long run.
The Eagles need more Clark Kent rather than Superman every play. Vick needs to get the football out of his hands and let his teammates help him move the football. The talented quarterback should run out of bounds when he gets the chance, rather they trying to prove his toughness to everybody by running into defensive players.
Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg isn’t buying Vick’s talk about now understanding how important it is that he stay healthy.
“Well I want him to get down underneath hits, I want him to get up and out on the sideline, [quarterbacks coach] Doug [Pederson] has drilled that with him time and time again, I want to see that”, Mornhinweg said. “Now when the juices get flowing – unless it’s a game-winner or something like this, a critical point or something like this, and with one other caveat if he thinks he can shake-and-bake and score without getting a hit on him, okay? So we’ll see what happens with him in a game. And that needs a little bit of maturity and I certainly think he’s maturing here.”
In addition to avoiding being hurt, Vick has to cut down on the turnovers, but we’ll get into that later.
Mornhinweg isn’t buying Vick’s talk until he sees it and neither am I.