Vick Is Sick Of CriticismBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Monday, June 4th, 2012
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has had enough of what he feels to be redundant criticisms and comments concerning his performance last year. Vick expressed his frustration in an interview this past Friday.
“I really don’t think I need to discuss what type of game I’m going to play.” Vick said after practice. “It’s going to be what it’s going to be. It seems like the questions are becoming repetitive and I’m tired of answering it because the only thing we can do is wait and see if I’m going to play a more disciplined game.” “There’s not too much more to say or to talk about.”
Throughout his career Vick has always been criticized for subjecting himself to more contact because of his unwillingness at time to let go of the football. With three missed games due to injury (and early exits from two others), critics have surmised that the quarterback’s plethora of injuries last season were caused in large part by his tendency to hold on to the football too long. The former Falcon disagrees, stating that his style of play had nothing to do with his bumps and bruises.
“The goal is to protect myself. I put my faith in God to keep me on the field with my team and with the guys and that’s about it. There’s no reason to keep digging and to (be) talking about it and saying ‘change your style, are you holding the ball too long?’ I’m over that. That’s not the reason and I think sometimes people make assumptions not really knowing what needs to be done,” Vick said. “I think the correction to all of this is simple, protect yourself as best as I can, put my faith in the lord and myself and keep pushing.”
In addition to defending his playing style, Vick also voiced his frustration with being asked the same questions repeatedly. “…at some point I start to feel like it’s personal like shots are being directed towards me for holding the ball too long, certain things, when that’s not the case,” he said.
As a Michael Vick fan since his collegiate days at Virginia Tech, I’m on the fence with this topic.
Yes, his style of play forces him to take more hits than a more conventional quarterback, but injuries will always be a part of the game. Although a healthy Vick is obviously better than a battered and bruised one, changing his style of play would take away from his dynamic as a player. The Pro-Bowler’s ability to keep opposing defenses on their toes, both literally and figuratively, with his ability to run the ball makes him that much harder to stop. With that being said, however, the veteran must make the necessary adjustments physically to keep himself healthy if he continues to play the game his way.
Vick may very well be frustrated with all the questions and concerns about his performance last season, but the best rebuttal for criticism is success. Instead of jawing at the media for asking the same questions, Vick needs to focus on preparing himself physically and mentally for the upcoming season. Here’s some advice on how to silence the critics Mr. Vick; WIN.
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