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Todd Herremans touts Mike Vick’s determination

Osi Umenyiora, Michael Vick

Three weeks ago, we were reminded of the periodic struggles of former Eagles and current Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb during the two-minute drill.  On Monday, Eagles guard Todd Herremans made some interesting comments comparing and contrasting the late-game performances of McNabb and current Eagles quarterback Mike Vick.

“Mike seems a little more determined when he’s in the huddle,” Herremans told Mike Missanelli of 97.5 the Fanatic in Philadelphia.  “I guess determined is a good word for it because I would say both of them are confident when they are in the huddle.

“Donovan would always have that relaxed, kind of lackadaisical feel to him where he tried to keep a cool head the whole time.  He always thought if he stayed relaxed and didn’t act like anything was bothering him that he felt like that was the best way to carry out the game.  Mike comes in the huddle and he has a look of sheer determination on his face to where he’s gonna get it done. . . .

“Mike’s attitude, whether it’s how he carries himself, his determination or whatever, it’s very contagious to the rest of the players on the field.  I think people have been able to see that when he’s out there with us, we’re a totally different team.  Let alone his ability but the the others players on the team, it seems they step their play up when Mike’s on the field.”

The details are interesting and far more meaningful than the notion that McNabb simply pukes on his shoes when the chips are down.  Instead, McNabb apparently has decided that, when the going gets tough, he’ll simply act like the going isn’t tough at all.

It worked for Joe Montana when he pointed out John Candy in the stands during crunch time of Super Bowl XXIII.  But it historically hasn’t worked for McNabb.

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18 Responses to “Todd Herremans touts Mike Vick’s determination”
  1. songbre says: Nov 23, 2010 9:32 AM

    Hey, just a difference in approach but the key to Vick is that he not only has the look of determination, he now backs it up with his own performance. That means alot to a team !!! Maybe the “No BS, Get the Job Done” attitude is the shot in the arm they need !!!

  2. deep64blue says: Nov 23, 2010 9:34 AM

    >>>But it historically hasn’t worked for McNabb.<<<

    Yeah because he went to 5 NFC Championship Games and 1 Superbowl without ever winning a big game didn't he …..

  3. hotep999 says: Nov 23, 2010 9:35 AM

    Dear Mr/Ms. NFL schedule planner,

    I have noticed you schedule the Patriots to play a non divisional team (Colts) every single year. Could you please do the same when scheduling the Eagles going forward. I would love to see a rivalry with the teams listed below:

    1. Detroit Lions
    2. Carolina Panthers
    3. Denver Broncos

    Thank you for your consideration!

    Regards,
    Eagles Fan

  4. stevemcguigan says: Nov 23, 2010 9:38 AM

    The only people that thought McNabb simply pukes on his shoes when the chips are down are the people that watch, on average, 3.2 quarters of football a week. That would include, among other “fans”, your typical not-from-Texas Cowboys supporter. Anyone with eyes in their skull could see that McNabb was always completely relaxed (uh, too relaxed, really) during two minute drills.

  5. galatians62 says: Nov 23, 2010 9:41 AM

    Criticism of McNabb is ridiculous.

  6. kagedmuscle says: Nov 23, 2010 9:45 AM

    Its strange that other professional athletes lean on someone else to motivate them. It Todd H. did a better job blocking maybe McNabb and Westbrook would be still on the team. The Eagles offensive and defensive lines have sucked for years… that’s the real reason why we lost the Championship and Superbowl!

  7. cup1981 says: Nov 23, 2010 9:46 AM

    **He’s damn good at killing dogs and funding illegal gambling rings as well**

  8. stevemcguigan says: Nov 23, 2010 9:51 AM

    deep64blue:

    Yeah because he went to 5 NFC Championship Games and 1 Superbowl without ever winning a big game didn’t he…

    I take nothing away from McNabb’s tenure in Philly – he brought us a lot of success and happiness. But here’s the reality about his playoff success:

    Average margin of playoff victory: 14pts
    Average margin of playoff defeat: 8pts

    The Tampa Bay blowout early in Donovan’s career is skewing the hell out of that second number as well. Donovan was GREAT at blowouts, but in close games he often couldn’t get it done.

  9. semperfi24 says: Nov 23, 2010 10:14 AM

    Hotep, please stop posting, that is absolutely the dumbest, most mis-informed comment of all time! There is a system that the NFL uses when creating that schedule. And that system is the reason the Pats/Colts play every year…….aside from that foolishness:

    Is there any truth to the rumor that after the interview, Herremans clipped Mike Massenelli, and then while Massenelli was getting back up, Herremans performed an illegal chop block on him?

  10. atbigtherm says: Nov 23, 2010 10:41 AM

    kagedmuscle says:

    Its strange that other professional athletes lean on someone else to motivate them.

    Yeah, it’s VERY strange to have your leader inject a sense of urgency in you through his actions…

  11. gallaghedj311 says: Nov 23, 2010 10:57 AM

    @hotep999 says:
    Nov 23, 2010 9:35 AM

    Here’s how the scheduling works. 6 games @ NFC East every year. Play entire AFC division every year. (rotates every year playing the same division every 4 years. This year it’s AFC South) TOTAL @ 10 games.

    Play an entire NFC Division (rotates every 3 years. This year it’s NFC North) TOTAL 14 games. In each of the remaining 2 NFC divisions, you play the team corresponding to the previous year’s standing. Since the Colts and Patriots frequently win their division, the following year, they play each of the AFCs division winners. Thats why they play every year. TOTAL 16 games.

    Your welcome. :)

  12. phillyhouse222 says: Nov 23, 2010 11:43 AM

    Thank you Galatians 6:2!

    The McNabb criticism bothers me for the same reason the Favre bromance bothers me. It goes overboard.

    McNabb deserves criticism for not knowing the OT rules, and for being hot and cold. But he doesn’t deserve the ENTIRE blame for the Eagles shortcomings in the playoffs.

    In the Eagles NFCCG (4 games) and SB losses, the Eagles had 5 sacks 4 turnovers. Blame can be spread throughout the entire Eagles’ organization.

    As for Vick, he has a different style. I don’t think that his style is “better.” But apparently, the team needed a shot in the arm.

    I really don’t care who the QB is, I just want the Eagles to win the SB. This year, I like our chances.

  13. phillyhomer says: Nov 23, 2010 11:51 AM

    HA HA HA!!!! He was benched during the two minute drill for REX GROSSMAN!!!!! HA HA HA!!!

  14. rarson says: Nov 23, 2010 12:07 PM

    Insert tired Michael Vick dog fighting comment here.

  15. hotep999 says: Nov 23, 2010 12:15 PM

    **Note modified for semperfi24**

    Dear a system that the NFL uses when creating that schedule,

    I have noticed your system schedules the Patriots to play a non divisional team (Colts) every single year. Could your system please do the same when scheduling the Eagles going forward. I would love to see a rivalry with the teams listed below:

    1. Detroit Lions
    2. Carolina Panthers
    3. Denver Broncos

    Thank you for your consideration!

    Regards,
    Eagles Fan

  16. hotep999 says: Nov 23, 2010 12:17 PM

    just bein/ stupid dudes…like Steve Jonson, “why so serious?”

  17. jmorand47 says: Nov 23, 2010 1:37 PM

    Why do writers keep bringing up that whole puking thing. I’ve seen several players do that while in the game, Marshall Faulk, Robert Smith……who cares. If your stomach is upset, get it over with. Big deal.

  18. moyer100 says: Nov 23, 2010 4:10 PM

    Vick Vick Vick cant belive how he has done this year for us im proud of him and now have a really good shot at winning it all with him

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