Michael Vick Must Take Responsibility For The FumblesBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Monday, October 8th, 2012
One of the most important responsibilities a NFL quarterback must fulfill is the task of being a leader. First of all he has to be a leader during the game and secondly he has to be a leader after the game. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick made the mistake of coughing up the football during the game and then quadrupled the problem by refusing to take responsibility for it after the game.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick’s post-game comments regarding his fumbles were very troubling. He started out his explanation with a weak “everything happens for a reason” comment, then finished up his answer to the question with some “if it was meant to be then it was meant to be” garbage.
It sounded like what a person would say who didn’t want to take responsibility for doing something wrong. That type of thinking is nonsense and would lead us to give an okay to anything anybody ever did. If we believed that kind of nonsense then no one would have to be responsible for anything.
What if DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and all the Eagles receivers were to drop all of his passes then come back to the huddle and say “I guess it was just meant to be”?
Making mistakes can be forgiven. Fumbling the ball can be forgiven. Refusing to take responsibility makes things worse, not better.
Vick needs to apologize for saying that after the game. This team can get over losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday, but they won’t go anywhere if their starting quarterback refuses to take responsibility for fumbling the football.
He needs to do a better job of running with the ball secured under his arm. He needs to cover up both points of the football and put two hands around it.
I had been so impressed by Vick making it a point to take responsibility for turnovers in previous games. He didn’t point the finger at the offensive line, his receivers, the running backs or the coaches. He took responsibility and that’s what a leader is supposed to do. You can be sure that his comments made his teammates what to follow him.
I know that sometimes a receiver can run the wrong route and leave a quarterback holding the ball while under pressure from a tough defensive line. We have all seen times when the Eagles coaches have put Vick in a bad situation by calling pass after pass, but the only person responsible for fumbling the ball into the end zone yesterday was Michael Vick.
The one ingredient which has gotten Vick through the time in the penitentiary and back to the top echelon of pro football has been his courage. I saw take the responsibility for everything he did without putting up any excuses. That takes a lot of courage and character to admit when you’re wrong and take the consequences for it. His big heart was the reason he has been able to lead fourth quarter comebacks despite playing poorly during games this year.
If he doesn’t step up and take responsibility for laying the ball on the ground, then he will run the risk of erasing everything that he’s done up to this point and that includes losing the confidence of his teammates.
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