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Vick sticks up for shaky offensive line

Michael Vick, Jayme Mitchell AP

Six years ago, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning called out his offensive line in not-so-subtle fashion after a playoff loss to the Steelers, citing “problems in protection.”  After getting sacked and knocked down and hurried and harassed by the Browns’ defense on Thursday night due to a work-in-progress wall of blockers, Eagles quarterback Mike Vick was far more diplomatic.

“You can’t expect a guy to come in and be a Pro Bowl player in two games,” Vick said of sixth-round rookie center Jason Kelce, according to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News.  “That’s just not the way this thing works.”

Kelce and rookie Danny Watkins started on Thursday night, and tackle King Dunlap continues to try to shed his training wheels.

Addressing the protection problems more generally (without infringing on Manning’s copyrighted phrase), Vick said, “The minute you start to get down on a player, or down-talk ‘em, then that’s when they lose confidence.”

Meanwhile, Vick’s confidence tank remains topped off.  “I’m going to give defenses fits anyway,” Vick said regarding his effective play despite being repeatedly chased and hit.  “Just plain and simple, saying that out of confidence, not arrogance.”

Vick pushed the Eagles to a 17-0 halftime lead, even though he completed only one pass to a receiver.  Vick connected on 10 of 18 passes for 98 yards and no interceptions (down from three last week).  He also ran the ball four times for 24 yards and a touchdown in the 24-14 win.
After the game, he was still running.  Asked about the ridiculous ESPN The Magazine all-Vick issue in which the question is posed “What if Mike Vick Were White?”, Vick left a vapor trail.
“I’m outta here,” Vick said.
He’ll likely be back in 16 days, when the Eagles face the Rams in St. Louis.
UPDATE: Here’s Andy Reid talking about the line.
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49 Responses to “Vick sticks up for shaky offensive line”
  1. tfbuckfutter says: Aug 26, 2011 7:13 AM

    Memo to Peyton Manning: When Michael Vick demonstrates that he is a better person than you, you may want to reconsider your personality.

  2. notrelated says: Aug 26, 2011 7:24 AM

    What about when the O-line picked it up and Celek started blocking? Vick wasn’t making any of his throws and was still captain check down. If Kolb was playing like Vick in the last 2 days he’d be burned at the cross.

  3. phillyphever says: Aug 26, 2011 7:25 AM

    After the game, he was still running. Asked about the ridiculous ESPN The Magazine all-Vick issue in which the question is posed “What if Mike Vick Were White?”, Vick left a vapor trail.

    “I’m outta here,” Vick said.

    Well said Mike.

  4. steeelfann says: Aug 26, 2011 7:25 AM

    “I going to give my offensive coordinator fits anyway” , “just plain and simple, saying it ouf of confidence, not arrogance”

  5. seabreezes51 says: Aug 26, 2011 7:25 AM

    They need to start the 1st team O line in the last preseason game and play them every down.

    If they don’t get better Vick won’t last 6 games.

  6. RussianBreadMaker says: Aug 26, 2011 7:30 AM

    Vick will last 6 games before he’s injured. Kafka will come in and take them to the Super Bowl where they will fall to whoever their opponent is….history repeated.

  7. moochzilla says: Aug 26, 2011 7:36 AM

    He could have said that the o-line “showed their youth today”.

    But he didn’t.

    Because that’s what leaders do. They lead.

    How refreshing.

  8. kmurph1226 says: Aug 26, 2011 7:40 AM

    This has to be scary for Eagle fans. Since he’s left handed, the RT is his blindside. And that whole side is shaky right now. I don’t think he’ll last 16 games this season. Maybe 12 or 13.

  9. beerbratscheese says: Aug 26, 2011 7:41 AM

    Vick’s own words: “The minute you start to get down on a player, or down-talk ‘em, then that’s when they lose confidence.”

    If that’s true, it’s an absolute miracle that Vick has any confidence at all left in himself.

  10. karlpilkington says: Aug 26, 2011 7:42 AM

    Keep thinking this guy is going to last 16 games….

    HTTR

  11. laughingwillow says: Aug 26, 2011 7:45 AM

    What if Vick wasn’t an awful, awful person? Or a felon?

  12. wreckingcrewwarrior says: Aug 26, 2011 7:55 AM

    Yea, yea, yea Vick didn’t throw any picks and the the Birds won. Lets stay focused people it was only a preseason game so we shouldn’t get too excited over a good or bad performance. On top of all that, they weren’t exactly playing the 85′ Bears, it was the Cleveland Brown who were 5-11 last season, 18th in OPP PASSING YDS and 27th in OPP RUSHING YDS.

    Vick however, did demonstrate a modicum of football knowledge, everyone knows that solid O-lines take years to develop. Andy Reid has never put much effort into developing his teams O-line. I think Vick’s season will consist of a lot of Blitz dodging

  13. haanster says: Aug 26, 2011 7:55 AM

    I really believe that the Rams have a good chance of winning the game in week one. The Rams have a good pass rush and on offense the running backs and tights ends will be Bradfords primary targets, which could be trouble for the Eagle linebackers.

  14. udwnwitjpp says: Aug 26, 2011 7:56 AM

    When tuck n osi n jpp get a hold to him he gun blame the o-line for gettn hit and out for da season

  15. cowboysfan18 says: Aug 26, 2011 7:59 AM

    That hit on Vick when he threw the pick was completely clean, should not have been flagged.

  16. icelovinbrotha215 says: Aug 26, 2011 8:01 AM

    Well he isn’t going to throw them under the bus. But they do need to fix that ASAP. There is no way the Eagles will go as far as they can if the O-line can’t give Vick enough time to drop back. Fly Eagles Fly.

  17. wawa33 says: Aug 26, 2011 8:05 AM

    What if Andy Reid were thin?

  18. melonnhead says: Aug 26, 2011 8:10 AM

    No mention of the fumble when he was completely surprised by a blitz?

  19. skoalbrother says: Aug 26, 2011 8:14 AM

    If my aunt had balls she’d be my uncle

  20. smoothjimmyapollo says: Aug 26, 2011 8:17 AM

    “Well he isn’t going to throw them under the bus.”

    …or electrocute them, drown them, shoot them, or hang them…oops, that’s right. I can’t criticize him because I didn’t grow up in poverty.

  21. voiceofrealism says: Aug 26, 2011 8:22 AM

    tfbuckfutter says: Aug 26, 2011 7:13 AM

    Memo to Peyton Manning: When Michael Vick demonstrates that he is a better person than you, you may want to reconsider your personality.
    —————————-
    When that happens….maybe. If you think that the personality Vick shows the media makes him a better person, you are truly an idiot. Vick is the same person he was, but now he’s a politician too. All the worse…

  22. cowboy88 says: Aug 26, 2011 8:29 AM

    I smell Max protect for the Eagles for the first half of the year. Good thing they stockpiled receivers instead of signing a qualified OL to help their 27 year old rookie.

  23. polishrod says: Aug 26, 2011 8:38 AM

    udwnwitjpp says:Aug 26, 2011 7:56 AM

    When tuck n osi n jpp get a hold to him he gun blame the o-line for gettn hit and out for da season

    ——

    You should also blame Vick for your illiteracy

  24. joetoronto says: Aug 26, 2011 8:41 AM

    “What if Mike Vick Were White?”

    He’d stink just the same.

  25. edukator4 says: Aug 26, 2011 8:46 AM

    not his fault that he has to check down, in practice his receivers are covered by good corners and his rbs are never covered by mediocre lbs. i believe checking down is his pavlovian response

  26. beedubyatoo says: Aug 26, 2011 8:51 AM

    After the game, he was still running. Asked about the ridiculous ESPN The Magazine all-Vick issue in which the question is posed “What if Mike Vick Were White?”, Vick left a vapor trail.

    Suck it up,. Rush. Nobody ever said that the media was fair. Especially to conservatives.

  27. phillyphaithfulphan says: Aug 26, 2011 8:58 AM

    O-Line is defintely shaky on the right side and I see Jackson being under center in week one. Can’t start a rookie center and right guard when your O-Line coordinator is COMPLETELY changing the scheme. Even Herrimans and Peters are learning an entirely new way of blocking. Mudd is one of the best, but with no OTA’s, passing camps, etc, it will take half a season to get the O-line in a groove. With Vick’s evasiveness, Birds will be fine.

  28. erictheclown says: Aug 26, 2011 9:01 AM

    It will never be ookies fault.

    This week it is the offensive line.

  29. bleed4philly says: Aug 26, 2011 9:05 AM

    The right side of the oline has been the talk of the offseason, and it still hasn’t been fixed. Can we just move Peters to the right side??? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!!!

  30. dvnelson72 says: Aug 26, 2011 9:06 AM

    “he completed only one pass to a receiver”

    Welcome back Mr. Vick. We haven’t seen the real you since you were a Falcon.

    People seem to have forgotten that every wide receiver on the Falcons was a bust… until they got a true pocket passer.

    That team would still be churning wide receivers if he was the QB. Meanwhile those same guys have been pro bowlers since he left.

    Vick has an amazing arm and can hit receivers. It can be frustrating to watch him check down and hit TEs constantly.

  31. snowpea84 says: Aug 26, 2011 9:13 AM

    O lines can make QB’s look better than they are. But why do people have such a problem seeing that some QB’s make O lines look worse than they are?

  32. cleverbob says: Aug 26, 2011 9:41 AM

    wreckingcrewwarrior says:
    Aug 26, 2011 7:55 AM

    Andy Reid has never put much effort into developing his teams O-line.
    =====================================

    You’ve exposed yourself as someone that hasn’t watched any football prior to 2009.

  33. bleedgreen says: Aug 26, 2011 9:42 AM

    udwnwitjpp says: Aug 26, 2011 7:56 AM

    When tuck n osi n jpp get a hold to him he gun blame the o-line for gettn hit and out for da season
    ————————————-

    Is that English?

    As to the fact that he only completed 1 pass to a receiver, Avant dropped a pass in his hands, and I think Jackson dropped or missed 3 passes that were catchable.

    As to the ‘didn’t recognize the blitz’, most of that WASN’T A BLITZ. When the DT and DE’s simply walk into the backfield untouched, that doesn’t mean its a blitz. He has NO TIME to make even a 3 step drop. The play he he fumbled on was a 3 step drop. He dropped back, looked up and Taylor (I believe) was on him instantly.

  34. myeaglescantwin says: Aug 26, 2011 9:45 AM

    @ any giants fans

    are you seriously trying to talk trash? your secondary is in shambles, you have players leaving and choosing rivals because they hate the way your organization conducts itself.. get real.

    i am scared for Mike Vick. Andy Reid thinks he can outcoach terrible talent on the OL. thats gonna get Mike killed.

    my fellow eagles fans,, be real lets aim for the superbowl but know we are looking at 8-8

  35. worthyman1 says: Aug 26, 2011 9:57 AM

    Not much to say ….Eagles will be fine as usual

  36. phillyphaithfulphan says: Aug 26, 2011 9:59 AM

    wreckingcrewwarrior says:
    Aug 26, 2011 7:55 AM

    Andy Reid has never put much effort into developing his teams O-line.
    ===================================

    Right–so i guess it was a mirage when the Eagles had the best o-line in the division or maybe conference when they had pro bowl tackles Runyan and Tra Thomas and Mcnabb had days to get rid of the ball.

  37. denardsbig10inchdong says: Aug 26, 2011 10:06 AM

    eagles have all the talent in the world….

    that being said, vick will not take them to the superbowl. ever. shouldve kept kolb.

  38. schmitty2 says: Aug 26, 2011 10:09 AM

    If anyone thinks they are going to to come in and whip the Ram’s in week 1 they have another thing coming

  39. bleedgreen says: Aug 26, 2011 10:21 AM

    schmitty2 says: Aug 26, 2011 10:09 AM

    If anyone thinks they are going to to come in and whip the Ram’s in week 1 they have another thing coming
    ————————–

    I hate to break this to you, but the Rams couldn’t win the West last year… and all that took was 9-7. They are improving, but they aren’t that good… YET.

  40. clk320cpe says: Aug 26, 2011 10:26 AM

    smoothjimmyapollo says:
    Aug 26, 2011 8:17 AM
    “Well he isn’t going to throw them under the bus.”

    …or electrocute them, drown them, shoot them, or hang them…oops, that’s right. I can’t criticize him because I didn’t grow up in poverty.

    ————————————————-

    EXACTLY!!! God forbid anyone says anything about Vick!

  41. sdw2001 says: Aug 26, 2011 10:39 AM

    Interesting reading all the comments on how bad Vick played. I thought he played quite well overall, especially considering the ridiculous pressure he was under the first half of his playing time. The 0-line hung him out to dry, causing even a guy with his mobility to get slammed repeatedly. He kept getting back up. He stayed poised and avoided just running wild back there (like he used to).

  42. themonkeyman says: Aug 26, 2011 10:53 AM

    tfbuckfutter says:
    Aug 26, 2011 7:13 AM
    Memo to Peyton Manning: When Michael Vick demonstrates that he is a better person than you, you may want to reconsider your personality.

    ———————————————-
    There’s a big difference in the preception you are being a “good teammate” & a better person.

    Peyton has never:
    Specifically bought a piece of property to intentionally torture innocent animals repeatedly for a six year period for amusement.
    Knowing he had an incurable sexual disease, spread it to other innocent humans.
    Becomes a well known pathetic, pathological liar.
    Goes bankrupt & then intentionally hides money & assets from creditors.

    Eagle fans don’t know the difference between someone being frustrated with another team mates performance & someone that is a sub-human POS.

    Only a Eagle fan would confuse the 2.

  43. schmitty2 says: Aug 26, 2011 10:54 AM

    bleedgreen says:
    Aug 26, 2011 10:21 AM
    schmitty2 says: Aug 26, 2011 10:09 AM

    If anyone thinks they are going to to come in and whip the Ram’s in week 1 they have another thing coming
    ————————–

    I hate to break this to you, but the Rams couldn’t win the West last year… and all that took was 9-7. They are improving, but they aren’t that good… YET.

    Did I say they were going to beat the Eagles?? I’m saying don’t think the Eagles are going to come in and torch them

  44. realfootballfan says: Aug 26, 2011 11:01 AM

    dvnelson72,

    What are you talking about? So Michael Jenkins and Brian Finneran became Pro Bowlers since Vick left? Who knew?

    Roddy White, by his own admissions, was an unprofessional bum until Bobby Petrino, Paul Petrino, and Hue Jackson turned his career around.

    Therefore, would you please tell me those collection of receivers that Matt Ryan has made Pro Bolers since big bad Vick got out of their way? Especially since White emerged the year before Matt Ryan was drafted with Byron Leftwich and Chris Redmond throwing him the ball.

    Gees, some of you people who post here are dopes.

  45. trickbunny says: Aug 26, 2011 11:27 AM

    Between the Browns shooting themselves in the foot over and over (and, in the process, basically giving the Eagles gift points) and officials who are completely clueless, this game was a total debacle. The final score (between the starters) should have been much closer.

  46. zeussuperman says: Aug 26, 2011 11:53 AM

    clk320cpe says: Aug 26, 2011 10:26 AM

    EXACTLY!!! God forbid anyone says anything about Vick!

    ——————————————

    What the hell are you talking about? Check any PFT post on Vick since he was released from prison. Check the signs in the stands of any away game he’s playing.

    Or don’t, and just keep whining about it.

  47. dukemarc says: Aug 26, 2011 11:54 AM

    worthyman1 says: Aug 26, 2011 9:57 AM

    Not much to say ….Eagles will be fine as usual
    —————————————————

    By fine, did you mean their typical first round playoff exit? Andy Reid is a great coach right up until the games really mean something.

  48. o0omorriso0o says: Aug 26, 2011 2:25 PM

    Jimmy and others….

    seriously enough with the vick hate. I am so sick of hearing about the dog fight stuff. as if we as humans are sooo good to animals….not. how long we gknna keep brining it up? its getting old and ur just showing low character if ur going tk harp on that this long…

    as far as the eagles. guys the eagles always suck in preseason. Every year eagles fans are complaining in preseason and i do mean EVERY YEAR. eagles will be fine. that right side isnt even how it will be in reg season. dunlap will not be the startrr and i think jamall will be the center. eagles are a def shper bowl contender!!!

  49. tigrrrr says: Aug 26, 2011 3:02 PM

    How come vick didnt stick up for the dogs that were being tortured and kolled at his house? Oh yeah… He was doing it!
    Vick get out of OUR NFL!
    Damn loser.

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