Eagles quarterback Mike Vick continues to make a dramatic recovery from an injured quadriceps muscle that he suffered a week ago tonight.
On Monday, Vick said he went from 50 percent to 75 percent. On Tuesday, Vick told Howard Eskin and Ike Reese of WIP radio in Philly that he progressed from 75 to 90.
At the current rate, Vick will be at 120 percent by game time.
Vick also addressed the recent suggestion from Sal Paolantonio of ESPN that Vick could be benched if he struggles with blitz pickup against the Packers.
“Writers are gonna write what they wanna write, say what they wanna say,” Vick said. “I don’t know the validity to that, but I’m just gonna go out and play my game. I know what I see on film, what I trust in my offensive line. You know, it’s not hard to see a blitz, I mean it’s easy. Minnesota did some things we’d never seen before. So, it’s all about adjusting and all about remaining confident and not making any game too complicated.”
Eskin then threw a stink bomb at Paolantonio, saying that “Sal’s a good reporter, 50 percent of the time.” Vick laughed, “Yeah, 50 percent of the time. You’re right.”
Vick’s comments came a day after coach Andy Reid downplayed the report on Eskin’s and Reese’s show.
“The quarterback of the Eagles is Michael Vick and that’s the way we go about business,” Reid said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “People say stuff all the time. I know how things escalate with the different networks and Internet. The quarterback is Michael Vick and that’s the way were going with it.”
It’s not really a denial. Even if it were, Reid’s handling of the quarterback carousel earlier in the season, when he said that Kevin Kolb is the starter two days before giving the job to Vick, proves that, like many coaches, Reid will say whatever he believes to be the strategically necessary thing to say.
In this case, there’s no reason whatsoever to create a distraction by suggesting that Vick could be benched if he struggles. But if he struggles, it could be time to see whether or not Kolb gets another chance to be used as Clay Matthews’ personal camping shovel.