The Lockout Isn’t A Legitimate Excuse For The Turnovers In 2012BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
I think the Eagles had an excellent offseason. They made some moves via trades and free agency, as well as in the draft. This should be one of the best teams that Andy Reid has coached here in Philadelphia. That’s one of the reasons, I was disappointed to read about Eagles quarterback coach Doug Pederson bringing up the lockout when talking about Michael Vick’s 2012 turnovers on Philly.com today.
It’s bad timing for Pederson to continue talking about how the lockout negatively affected Vick and his turnover problem. In a way the 2012 season starts later this morning. The entire Philadelphia Eagles football team will start a workout at exactly 11:20 am.
This is a big year for Vick, Reid, and this football team. It doesn’t need to start with talk about a bunch of excuses for what happened a year ago. Nobody wants to hear them.
I know there’s been a lot of talk about Reid and the Eagles new public relations approach, but I hope Reid continues his habit of no excuses. It doesn’t matter what happens during a game, it’s very rare for Reid to ever offer excuses.
Pederson needs to know that he shouldn’t be talking this way, because it’s nothing but another excuse. Yes, it would have been better if Vick had spent the entire off season with the coaching staff, but all of the other quarterbacks in the league had to perform under the same circumstances.
Vick isn’t a rookie. He’s a veteran and he knows how badly turnovers can hurt a team.
Why wasn’t San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith adversely affected by the lockout? He had a new coach and a new system in 2011 without any offseason work, yet his play improved and he led the Niners to the playoffs.
Was Smith more focused than Vick? Did Jim Harbaugh do a much better job with Smith than Reid, Marty Mornhinweg, or Pederson did with Vick? Bottom line, I don’t want to hear about Vick’s turnovers associated with lockout. Enough of it already.
An excuse-making attitude will never get the job done. Pederson should just focus on the fact that Vick needs to play better. Nobody wants to hear any more of that lockout nonsense, because it’s not a legitimate excuse for a veteran quarterback to be turning the ball over as much as Vick did.
I don’t know what’s going to happen in the upcoming season, but I am sure about one thing: Philadelphia Eagles fans are not interested in excuses from this organization and this football team.
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