Michael Vick Just Couldn’t Resist The TemptationBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
For the second preseason game in a row, Eagles starting quarterback Michael Vick suffered a hit on his sixth play in the game, which sidelined him for the rest of the contest. Like a week ago, Vick left the field after the play and headed in side to be x-rayed in order to see if he had broken a body part.
This time he was getting his ribs x-rayed, last week it was his left thumb.
Vick had entered the game with an eagerness to get the Eagles offense going. The signal caller wanted to see his offense establish itself with a number of touchdown drives against the Pats. They hadn’t played long or well against the Steelers, so Vick wanted to get into the feel of this game and experience something positive.
He was also thinking about protecting himself, because on his second play in the game, he had taken off on a run and ended it by sliding feet first as a couple of Patriot tacklers approached him.
But, I guess Vick can’t help himself. He’s been able to do things throughout his career that others could only dream of doing, so he always pulls out that Superman cape when a play starts off poorly.
Vick dropped into the pocket on a first and ten play on the Eagles 26-yard line. He was flushed out of the pocket by New England defensive right tackle Kyle Love who beat Birds right guard Evan Mathis immediately after the ball was snapped.
Love’s pressure forced Vick to roll to his right to set up because DeSean Jackson had beaten his man. The Birds had come out in a trips right formation with Brent Celek, Jeremy Maclin and Jackson all lined up to the right side. Jackson was in the middle of Celek and Maclin and the only receiver to Vick’s left side was wide receiver Jason Avant.
Jackson shook the defender covering him and took off streaking downfield. Vick got a glimpse of Jackson coming open deep, but he couldn’t set his feet because Love was coming his way. The lefthander thought about escaping to his left, but rookie defensive end Chandler Jones had gotten upfield and made it impossible to escape that way.
He couldn’t step up because Love was coming at him very hard after having beaten Mathis on his first step. Mathis did a poor job of moving his feet.
Vick looked to his right and considered escaping outside to that side, but Patriots linebacker Jermaine Cunningham was getting upfield to prevent that.
As every split-second of time elapsed, the quarterback was starting to realize that there was no where to go. He could have gotten on the ground and been sacked for a ten-yard loss, but he couldn’t resist trying to get the ball deep to a wide open DeSean Jackson.
Instead of giving up on the play, Vick tried to put on his Superman cape and rescue the play, even though it was merely a preseason game.
He slid to his right as much as possible and fell backwards while throwing the ball, all in one motion. It was the only way he could get rid of the ball before getting hit. Deep down he had to know that he was taking a chance with his health, but the bomb to DeSean was exactly what the doctor ordered for the Birds offense.
For this reason, the former Virginia Tech signal caller couldn’t resist trying to do what he does far too often, make something happen. Amazingly, he was able to throw the football 55 yards in the air, while falling backwards and unable to step into the throw. The ball fell on the turf only a couple of yards away from a wide open Jackson.
After Vick let go of the football, Cunningham buried his helmet into the Eagles quarterback’s left side ribs. Number 7 initially got up after the hit, but before too long, he took a knee when time was called.
The refs have to start protecting Vick like other quarterbacks by calling late hits like that on him. Notice how Cunningham dropped his head to hit him like that. If that had been Tom Brady or Peyton Manning taking that hit, even the replacement refs would have thrown a flag.
That was his last play of the game, and likely his last play this preseason. Of course we later found out his ribs weren’t broken, but he’ll have to undergo a MRI on Tuesday to see if he’s got cartilage damage.
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