Michael Vick Is Intent On Taking His Game To The Next LevelBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has lectured him about his decision-making regarding when to scramble, when to eat the football, and when to throw it away.
Quarterback coach Doug Pederson has lectured him about how not trying to do too much will help him stay away from turnovers.
He’ll have to process all of this information on each play, as well as all of the terminology needed to get in and out of the huddle. Stay healthy, stay away from turnovers, and play better in the red zone are the three items which Vick needs to accomplish in 2012.
He’s got plenty of reasons to take his game to the next level. It’s all on the line for this quarterback, head coach, and football team.
“We’ve got an opportunity to do some special things”, Vick said to PhiladelphiaEagles.com after the practice. I think this time right now is invaluable. We have to go out here and work as hard as we can and put the hard work and preparation in. It’ll be equivalent to something special down the road.”
I think another light went off for Vick last year. He knows he must work tirelessly on fundamentals during the offseason, so that he doesn’t have to focus on them during the season. From game to game, he has so much to focus on regarding the opponents’ defensive schemes that it’s nearly impossible to think about fundamentals. They have to be solidified during the offseason.
The Eagles’ signal-caller talked about improving his footwork and mechanics, which will make him more accurate with his throws. Vick must stabilize his feet before throwing the football in order to improve his accuracy. His feet need to be quiet when he throws the football. Accurate quarterbacks have “quiet feet”.
“If I do it, it’ll take my game to another level,” Vick said. “I feel like I’m getting there.”
“You’re out here trying to detail your work, get better as an individual and as a team,” Vick said. “Everything happens for a reason. I think this year is a chance for us to jell together, get to know one another, work on being the best players we can be.”
“It’s very critical,” Vick said. “Hard work and preparation is one thing I pride myself on now.”
Vick will need to take advantage of every rep he can get during the offseason, but he must also go home and go through these plays thousands of time in his mind. He must see himself throwing the ball away, taking off on a scramble or eating the ball at the proper time depending on the situation.
It has to get into his subconscious. It has to get to the point where he can feel it. You don’t have time to think these decisions through cognitively, it must be done instinctively. He can only do them but so many times on the field, but he can play these plays countless times in his mind.
“We just have to keep grinding and understand that nothing is going to come easy.”
Vick stressed how important it is that he has the chance to work with his top receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin this year. A year ago, Maclin was battling an illness and was unable to participate in the offseason drills. Jackson was distracted by his contract problems.
“It all starts with your attitude. Guys can go out and play with a clear-level head then I think you can get the most out of them and they can get the most out of themselves,” Vick said. “Everybody’s taken care of. There’s nothing else to do but to go out and play good football.”
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