The Highs And Lows Of Michael VickBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick had some great plays versus the Ravens and he had some horrible plays. Number seven knows he can play much better. Don’t get me wrong, throwing for 371 yards and leading a game winning drive isn’t anything to sneeze at, but Vick knows he can play better by eliminating the mistakes.
The Eagles quarterback is capable of making the great throw. The strike he threw to DeSean Jackson out of the end zone was a great throw. He made some nice back shoulder throws to tight end Brent Celek on those seam routes.
His ability to run sucked safety Ed Reed and cornerback Cary Williams out of coverage, when he rolled out to his left and it left wide receiver Jeremy Maclin wide open in the end zone. The fact that he didn’t just take off running, but kept his eyes downfield and took his time allowed him a chance to spot a wide open Maclin.
He did a nice job on a number of scrambles by gaining yardage, then going out of bounds. He was under control and kept his eyes downfield in case a receiver came open.
On the other hand regarding the interception in the first quarter, there’s no excuse for trying to make an awkward cross the field throw in the red zone. On the last drive, Vick almost made a mistake by trying to make a play while falling backwards and being tackled.
Number seven has got to stop throwing high passes across the middle because when they get tipped, they usually get picked off. If you throw the ball low, the ball doesn’t get tipped and the receiver has a chance to both catch the football and protect himself
The Eagles had receivers running wide open all game long against one of the better defenses in the league. You have to give the players credit along with the game plan put together by Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg.
Gaining nearly 500 yards of offense against one of the better defenses in the league gives you an idea of the offensive talent which this team has on its roster. This is one of the reasons Vick needs to grasp that he doesn’t need to force any throws. He will have plenty of opportunities to make plays.
Vick doesn’t need to be Superman with all the talent he has on the field with him. All he needs to do is execute the offense and use his speed a few times a game to pick up a key first down or like yesterday, to find a way to get in the end zone.
He’s already thrown six interceptions, but he was able to engineer two game-winning drives in successive weeks, which is nothing to sneeze at. Still, two, three and four interceptions is not going to work late in the season or in the playoffs. Think about how good could he and the offense be, if he eliminates the interceptions.
Vick must get a better understanding of the fact that he doesn’t need to force the offense with this bevy of weapons. If a play doesn’t start out well, then roll outside the tackle box and throw the football into the stands. Take what the defense gives you and protect the football. Vick threw for 371 yards and completed 23 of 32 passes with one touchdown and two interceptions.
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