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Vick will start, says he will play safer

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Michael Vick said Monday that he expects to start against the Dolphins this weekend and Eagles coach Andy Reid confirmed the plan is for Vick to be back under center.

According to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, Vick hasn’t experienced any setbacks in practice this week and is on target to end his three-game absence. The focus now shifts to keeping him in the lineup, something that Vick addressed on Wednesday.

“Sliding. Getting down,” Vick said in response to a question about how he’ll avoid missing more time. “I’ve made my mind up. There’s going to be times when I can’t get the extra yards. I gotta get down. I get too caught up in the game sometimes, but that leads to me being sidelined, not being accountable for the team on Sunday.”

It is certainly the right idea, but it isn’t quite as easy as just sliding instead of trying for extra yardage. Vick’s instincts, the moments when he gets “too caught up in the game”, are part of what make him such a dynamic player on the field. You have to wonder if the extra moment of thought about whether or not to slide (or anything that takes Vick out of the moment, really) will wind up having a detrimental effect on his performance.

Staying healthy is paramount, obviously, so it makes for an interesting balancing act for Vick and the Eagles over the next four games and the next few seasons.

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33 Responses to “Vick will start, says he will play safer”
  1. huskersrock1 says: Dec 7, 2011 5:26 PM

    It only took him 10 years to figure it out? Who says he’s stupid!

  2. derekjetersmansion says: Dec 7, 2011 5:28 PM

    I just started playing Hallelujah Chorus on my iPod.

  3. fittytuckin says: Dec 7, 2011 5:32 PM

    I highly doubt that.

  4. drbob117 says: Dec 7, 2011 5:33 PM

    No2w that I’ve seen Vince Young play, keeping Vick healthy is job #1, if he fails to gain a few extra yards on a few plays here or there, it’s fine as long as I don’t have to watch Young play. And while we’re at it; Jeremy Maclin whatever you have Sunday will be fine, just don’t make me watch Riley Cooper play anymore.

  5. pflynn20 says: Dec 7, 2011 5:36 PM

    Stop throwing INT’s in the red zone while you’re at it too.

  6. tombradyallday says: Dec 7, 2011 5:36 PM

    thats the problem by playing safe that means standing in the pocket until the last minute takin hits. he needs to go back to the old mike vick if the play is not ther take off just slide instead of looking for contact. offensive line cant block that long

  7. dawkinseffect says: Dec 7, 2011 5:43 PM

    so does that mean he will throw more interceptions since he is afraid to run out of the pocket?

  8. weepingjebus says: Dec 7, 2011 5:45 PM

    Ugh, was hoping he’d stay out. He’s ok in the games, but those press conferences afterwards where he contorts his dead-eyed face into what he thinks human beings see as a grin are downright chilling.

  9. jakek2 says: Dec 7, 2011 5:48 PM

    The split second he takes in deciding to get down or not will be the instant that he gets crushed and put out for another 3 games. Poor guy can’t win

  10. fissels says: Dec 7, 2011 5:54 PM

    The only problem is that the defenses won’t play safer

  11. eagleswin says: Dec 7, 2011 5:54 PM

    Vick also worked really hard in the offseason to learn how to read defenses. I’m still waiting to see the improvement.

    This is really sad that the Eagles are relying on a QB who is 30 and can’t read defenses, can’t get the ball out in under 4 seconds, and still doesn’t know how to slide.

    I guess as long as he brings in the fans and merchandise sales, who cares about winning?

  12. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Dec 7, 2011 5:57 PM

    He stinks !

  13. jdl1325 says: Dec 7, 2011 6:07 PM

    This year, Vick’s injuries (concussion/neck, finger, and ribs) have all been sustained while in the pocket. So, while sliding we be helpful, until he learns to throw more in rhythm and/or Andy and Marty design more 3-5 step drops, he’ll continue to be hit.

  14. brettfavresmidget says: Dec 7, 2011 6:14 PM

    “This is really sad that the Eagles are relying on a QB who is 30 and can’t read defenses, can’t get the ball out in under 4 seconds, and still doesn’t know how to slide.”

    McNabb knows how to slide.

  15. tramonisland says: Dec 7, 2011 6:29 PM

    ya great idea mike, your team will really need you healthy for the playoffs they are going to be watching on tv.

  16. bringbacktheflex says: Dec 7, 2011 6:34 PM

    He’ll play it safe. This means he will have to rely on his QB skills. That will show how poor they are. He is not a franchise QB and Reid was an idiot for building the team around this guy.

    In the pocket is poor to average.

  17. 808raiderinparadise says: Dec 7, 2011 6:39 PM

    Heard he is also driving a Volvo to the stadium.

  18. kinguga says: Dec 7, 2011 6:56 PM

    Vick will tear his ACL trying to slide.

  19. laeaglefan says: Dec 7, 2011 7:07 PM

    The fact of the matter is that Vick’s most recent injury didn’t happen when he was scrambling. It happened when he was drilled in the ribs by a pass rusher while he was in the pocket. Vick would be much better served if he learned to read through his progressions and get the ball out quicker.

  20. greengob1in says: Dec 7, 2011 7:18 PM

    A little too late now.

  21. dan39564 says: Dec 7, 2011 7:18 PM

    eigglesnosuperbowls says:Dec 7, 2011 5:57 PM

    He stinks !

    Safer means suckier, he has no natural QB talents, if he doesnt run around he is useless!
    Miami wins big time.

    Signing Vick to a big contract is the worst the Lurie/Banner/Roseman move yet. It will cost reid his job, but the dopey brain trust will still be here, next year is already lost too!

  22. eaglesnoles05 says: Dec 7, 2011 7:27 PM

    Lol, I certainly understand the criticism and hate, and I even understand the many shortcomings he has (including, but not limited to, the fact that he is a psychopath), but the dude isn’t THAT bad of a qb. C’mon man.

  23. eaglesnoles05 says: Dec 7, 2011 7:28 PM

    “no natural QB talents???” Lol, again, C’monnnnn man.

  24. rwmilli says: Dec 7, 2011 8:10 PM

    Was going to say am I the only person who notices how jealous, and how sad of lives these people live on here? Nothing but negative all the time, a real sports fan can give credit where it’s due…look I’m an eagles fan I can’t stand tons of players, but I’m not ripping them every chance I get….Vick is an above average QB that over half the losers on here would LoVe to have on their teams. Any real sports fans on here?

  25. rwmilli says: Dec 7, 2011 8:11 PM

    And for not being eagles fans I sure see a lot of familiar names on our threads, can anyone say closet fans?

  26. janvanflac says: Dec 7, 2011 8:50 PM

    uhh…don’t think sliding head first is such a good idea, unless you want to risk a concussion/neck injury. And if you fumble while sliding head first (see Eli last year against the eagles) it’s a live ball.

  27. rcali says: Dec 7, 2011 9:26 PM

    Didn’t he hurt those ribs while getting smacked in the pocket?

  28. drew05 says: Dec 7, 2011 9:40 PM

    Vick only needs to learn to accept the checkdown…a swing out to McCoy isn’t a bad play, even if it leads to a punt or two.

    He holds the ball in the pocket, thinking he can make the play, sometimes he’s right and spectacular, others…he gets crushed.

    The Iggles Offensive line has been playing great lately, make your “reads”…if nothing is there, dump it.

    Go Eagles.

  29. lilrob10201 says: Dec 7, 2011 10:04 PM

    dan39564 says:
    Dec 7, 2011 7:18 PM

    Safer means suckier, he has no natural QB talents, if he doesnt run around he is useless!
    Miami wins big time.

    Signing Vick to a big contract is the worst the Lurie/Banner/Roseman move yet. It will cost reid his job, but the dopey brain trust will still be here, next year is already lost too!
    —————————————————-
    If Vick has no natural QB talents then why is he a starting QB in the NFL ?

  30. toegoat says: Dec 7, 2011 10:37 PM

    He got hit in the pocket though when he got hurt.

  31. bringbacktheflex says: Dec 8, 2011 11:57 AM

    He’s faster and niftier than Tebow, but much more fragile. He’s a better passer than Tebow too, but then so is my niece.

  32. jeromebrown99iggles says: Dec 8, 2011 9:39 PM

    Kafka should’ve played instead of that bum VY. Get him outta here

  33. jeromebrown99iggles says: Dec 8, 2011 9:42 PM

    Stay healthy Mike Vick. The front office has tied the team to you. Prove them right.

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