Same Vick,Different DayBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Monday, October 8th, 2012
Sooner or later, Michael Vick has to get the point, right?
Numbers aside, Vick’s turnover woes are greatly impacting the Philadelphia Eagles and in some cases, losing them games. After Sunday’s 16-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Vick now sits at 11 turnovers on the year. That number is among the highest in the league and tied with rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden, who at times looks like a high school quarterback wearing an NFL jersey.
That is unacceptable for a veteran passer like Vick, especially when there are rookie quarterbacks like Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson who are winning games by simply being efficient and smart with the football.
But I don’t want to abandon ship just yet, because as many are aware, the Eagles are still atop the division, despite the fact they have narrowly won all their games.
However, Vick still needs to be questioned because his performance so far has been agonizing to watch. Protecting the football and sliding seems like a simple concept, and is something that Vick keeps stressing he is working on. Clearly, he is lying to us all.
When it comes down to it, Vick keeps on resorting to his patented head-first slide, which resulted in two fumbles on Sunday (one of which was ruled down after his foot was clipped by a Steeler defender). The one fumble that did stand was the biggest dagger of them all as it occurred in the endzone. In what appeared like an easy draw, Vick somehow coughed the ball up as he dove (head-first) for the endzone. Those points left on the board were the difference.
People can say, “Well, the Steelers didn’t score any points off of Vick’s turnovers,” or, “Vick led the Eagles down the field in the fourth quarter to take the lead,” but that’s all fluff. When it comes down to it, Vick’s fumble in the endzone cost them the game. Period.
Even more frustrating is the fact that he, once again, put together an impressive final drive, throwing for 57 yards on 7-10 passing and the two-yard touchdown strike to Brent Celek. If, and there are way too many “ifs” regarding Vick, he could play like he does in the fourth quarter throughout the game, the Eagles would be a much bigger threat. But his turnover woes are hard to overcome, and are the reason why the Eagles are always forced to make a comeback late in games.
Unfortunately, though, Vick will never get it because that’s who he is. His style of play – running around in the backfield and diving for extra yards is something he can’t change and something that is a part of who he is. Without his legs, Vick isn’t Vick; which in turn, means Vick will always be turnover-prone, no matter what the critics utter.
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