Michael Vick Must Go Back To The FundamentalsBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
It’s soul-searching time for Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles. He has to go back to the beginning and reestablish the foundations of playing the quarterback position. Any time you fall apart in a game, you have to go back to your fundamentals.
Vick lost his confidence in that game and fell apart. He had to have been guessing to have played so poorly. He wasn’t reading the coverages, he was guessing. Vick was staring down receivers, then throwing the ball to them. You’re supposed to do the opposite. You look defenders off then come back to your receiver. Vick was playing like an inexperienced rookie.
He reestablished some of his confidence on that last drive, but he’s got to get himself together. The quarterback must look at the tape of the game, identify his mistakes, then move on. He can’t let himself go back to all the interceptions over and over in his mind, and dwell on his mistakes. He needs to start dwelling on the answers or corrections to his mistakes rather than his mistakes. That’s over, now let’s move on.
Andy Reid can say whatever he wants to say, I believe he thought about going to Nick Foles during that game. He had to at least considered it or he wouldn’t have been doing his job as the head coach. I believe he did the right thing by staying with Vick because it’s so early in the season. If he had yanked him in the first game it would have sent the message that he didn’t have any confidence in him.
Reid did a great job yesterday in the news conference by shielding and deflecting criticism of Michael Vick. The coach knows how poorly he played, so it was important that he go out publicly and express confidence in the quarterback. It’s too early in the season to abandon Vick.
“You just can’t have those, and I would say that we didn’t play as disciplined offensively as we needed to all the way around,” Reid said Monday. “I know Michael took the blame yesterday. It’s not a one-man show. That’s not what it is. Everybody had a piece of this pie, starting with me and the coaches.”
I was pleased to hear that Mardy Gilyard is visiting the Birds later today. Jeff McLane of Philly.com reported that yesterday.
Did you see the Baltimore Ravens last night? Joe Flacco has taken his game to another level. The Eagles had better get their act together or things could get ugly this Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
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