The new Mike Vick was an MVP candidate for most of the season. As the season went on, opposing defenses began to figure out ways to confuse and confound Vick via exotic blitzes like those used by the Vikings last Tuesday night.
With the playoffs approaching, Vick dismissed the notion that he needs to make changes to his game in order to maintain a high level of success.
“I don’t have to do nothing. I’m still going to be me,” Vick said Monday, via PhillySportsDaily.com. “I’m still going to play my game. Still play with confidence, still try to rally the guys around me and make sure they are in tune with what we are trying to do and what we are trying to accomplish. That’s what’s important: You can’t change your game this time in the season. . . . You just go out and play your best football now that it’s the playoffs.”
Vick also downplayed the potential impact of holding the ball for too long.
“It’s not an issue, it’s just things we need to work on,” Vick said. “A couple games I didn’t get the ball out as quick as I wanted to, waiting on the downfield throws. That’s why you play the game — you play the game to get better and that’s what I’m doing.”
There’s an inconsistency in those two quotes from Vick. Sometimes, a guy can get better by adjusting to the things a defense is doing to stop him. Whether it’s getting the ball out faster or making reads more efficiently or picking up clues before the snaps as to the guys who will and won’t be blitzing, changes and improvements are in many respects the same thing.
The best news for Vick is that, with no playoff bye, the team’s decision to give him Week 17 off helped heal his injured quadricep muscle.
“I feel a lot better just having the opportunity to rehab, and just focus on getting my leg better and taking it one day at a time,” Vick said. “The time off has been great for me, and I took full advantage of it.”
He has six more days to get ready for his chance to play four quarters against the team that came to Lincoln Financial Field and started the season by beating the Eagles.