Vick Leading Teammates With Hard WorkBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Friday, June 8th, 2012
One of the most memorable lines from the football classic Remember the Titans was receiver Julius Campbell telling team captain Gerry Bettier that “attitude reflects leadership.” I’m not sure if he’s seen the film, but with his work ethic as proof, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has set out to change the attitude of this Philadelphia team, by not only becoming a better quarterback, but by becoming a better leader.
“Vicariously, we all feed off one another because we’re all working hard,” Vick said after practice. “The guys see me here every day busting my butt to be the best quarterback I can be in order to fulfill my responsibilities for this team. When everybody starts to see that, I think that everyone does it and the other guys will follow them.”
Vick’s open embrace of the leadership role this season hasn’t gone unnoticed. Eagles tight end Brent Celek commented on how impressed he with his quarterback.
“He’s looked really good,” Celek said. “I’m impressed by Mike. Mike is the leader of this team, and we all know about his athletic ability and his leadership is outstanding. I’m always excited for a new season, but I’m especially excited for this one.”
In addition, to stepping into the leadership role, the Pro-Bowl QB has also been working on his passing accuracy. Although Vick’s completion percentage has improved since he’s been with the Eagles (averaged a completion percentage of 52.2% in six seasons with Atlanta Falcons; averaging a completion percentage of 56.2% in three seasons with Eagles), Vick still struggled to connect with his receivers, throwing a career-high 14 interceptions last season.
“Obviously, you want to have poise during tough situations and during the blitz and still be able to maintain accuracy and the integrity of the pocket. I’ve been just trying to do that and I’ve been working hard on it. I think that anything you work hard and set your mind up to do, you can do it.”
Although he recognizes that he has a hard time throwing the ball with accuracy, much like his style of play, Vick refuses to change his form. “I’m too late in my career to start changing my form so I’m just focusing in on ball placement and I think it’s just a mindset to get the ball where he needs to be” the former Hokie said.
With talent at nearly every position on the field, all the Eagles need is a true leader. The mediocrity and apathy evident at certain points in last year were proof enough that the there was no leadership on the field. As the franchise quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, Vick embracing that leadership role and improving his accuracy can only produce positive results for the Eagles this season. Let’s hope his hard work pays off when it counts the most.
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