Michael Vick Needs To Be Untilized Like Harbaugh Is Using KaepernickBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
On Monday, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick spoke for the first time since he suffered a concussion injury in the first Cowboys game. This is also the first time he has spoken since, Andy Reid gave the future and reins of the Eagles offense to rookie quarterback Nick Foles.
There are all types of questions that are circling Vick. How does he feel about being benched for the remainder of the season? How does he feel about the way the Eagles medical staff has cared for him after the concussion? Does he think he will return to the Eagles next season? After taking a tremendous amount of pummeling this season, how much football does he think he has left.
I’ve got to give him credit for attempting to answer all the tough questions, starting with his reaction to being benched for the remainder of the season.
“I’m a competitor and I’ve always felt like and will continue to feel like I’m one of the best and I can play at a high level and I know I can”, the quarterback commented. “Saying that, I feel like I want to be out there, I want to play as a competitor, but it’s just not the ideal situation right now, the way things are. So, I have to accept my role, accept it like a man and continue to find positives out of it.”
He has to know he is finished here in Philadelphia. It’s very obvious now. Vick’s agent should have been on the phone for weeks now. Here’s where a good agent with the right relationships is worth it. You need somebody who knows the lay of the land.
Vick seemed to disagree with the report that he had a problem with the way the Eagles had dealt with his concussion.
“I just rolled with punches”, Vick said. “Whatever the doctor tells me, I go with it. I don’t question that. They’re professionals just like we’re professionals at what we do. I respect their opinions and their judgment and that’s just the way it was. Right now, I’m back. I’m healthy. I feel good, feel confident and [I’m] out there just playing ball, enjoying every day.”
Vick responded to a question about how he feels his being benched will affect his future.
“By not playing, I don’t think it can affect my future”, Vick reasoned. “Like I said, I came back healthy and I’m strong. I’m ready to go. The thing is to just keep improving, keep working, continue to get better as a quarterback and that’s about the only thing I can do. As far as my future here, I don’t know. Elsewhere, I don’t know. I’m just enjoying each and every day right now.”
Lastly he answered a question regarding whether he would accept returning to Philadelphia in a backup role.
“I just feel like I’ve got a lot of football to play”, Vick concluded. “I feel like I’ve got a lot left in my tank. I’m enjoying the game, I feel fresh. I don’t know. I’ll have to talk it over with my agent and just see what happens. As of right now, I’ve got to continue to help this football team win these last two games and the future will take care of itself. Like I said, [I’m] just blessed to still be in the position to play good football and to enjoy the game. Like I said, from where I came from, I would have never thought [this was possible]. It’s a blessing.”
You know Vick had to be seething inside to get this types of questions, but the truth is when you turn the ball over the way he did this year, you have no choice. I think Vick would flourish best by going to San Francisco and backing up Colin Kaepernick. The way they’re using Kaepernick would be the best way to use Vick.
Jim Harbaugh is putting the defense in a bind with the combination of their running game, the strong arm of Kaepernick and the pressure he puts on a defense with his ability to get outside and take a run to the house. Vick could do everything Kaepernick is doing just as well in that offense. Vick needs to be in an offense which has a strong running game and only throws the football 25 to 30 times a game.
You can’t ask Vick to come to the line with three plays and decide which one to run. You can’t put in 150 plays for each game and expect him to run all of them flawlessly. But you can put in 75 to 100 plays with the read option available and give him two targets options on each play, then ask to him to put pressure on a defense with his strong arm and amazing speed.
Nick Foles and Peyton Manning can come to the line with three and four plays in their head, then run the offense from the line of scrimmage. Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg tried to make Vick into somebody he’s not. You can’t try to make him into Manning this late in his career.
This isn’t about Vick’s future, it’s about the fact that you can’t try to make a player into somebody he’s not. We have to look at young quarterback Nick Foles in a sober manner. Does he have what it takes to carry a team to a Super Bowl? Can he put big numbers up on the scoreboard?
Think about the fact that we celebrated two quarterbacks, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick, who couldn’t get the job done. I could see at training camp last summer that we were headed to trouble. Vick was having mediocre days at training camp and bad preseason outings. Reid wasn’t able to focus because of his son’s death. The Eagles were fortunate to win the four games they’ve won.
Foles has do some major work shortening his delivery and learn how to throw the deep ball for me to take him seriously.
I’m also not sold on bringing Oregon’s Chip Kelly in here. If he comes in, Foles will have to go. I’m also not sure his scheme will work in the NFL without superior talent. Can we count on Howie Roseman to draft quality players?
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