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On third anniversary, Eagles looking for awareness from Vick

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Three years ago today, the Eagles signed Michael Vick.

But more than celebrate the day, they’d prefer to move beyond the three-and-outs.

It’s like an anniversary, huh? A celebration?” Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said, via Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I knew exactly what we were getting. Even though I hadn’t met him three years ago, I will tell you, when we got him, it had been going on two years where he hadn’t played. However, even then, he was still one of the great players in the game. That was my thought process there.

“I do know he has really worked to play the quarterback position at a high level. Now he’s chased that perfection every day. He wants to become a master at that position, as well as being one of the dynamic players in the game.”

Granted, he didn’t look like that in the preseason opener, leading a pair of three-and-outs before leaving with a thumb injury.

That lack of a rhythm was what Mornhinweg referred to as “one of the things” that bothered him.

The coordinator referenced Vick’s pocket presence, saying he moved himself into a sack.

“He can get better there, and he’s certainly gotten better over the last couple years there,” Mornhinweg said. “Now I do say if it was a regular-season game…he would have done that better.”

Vick may never reach the transcendent heights he hinted at in Atlanta, but he’s with a staff that’s good at maximizing the talents of its players. (Andy Reid even made Kevin Kolb look good, which might be his greatest trick ever).

Whether Vick ever becomes a “master at that position” remains to be seen.

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  1. geniusfan says: Aug 13, 2012 12:03 PM

    “Granted, he didn’t look like that in the preseason opener, leading a pair of three-and-outs before leaving with a thumb injury.”

    Vick certainly has a lot to improve on from last season but can the media please stop drawing conclusions from preseason games. They don’t matter preseason games are glorified scrimmages September 9th is when we actually find out whether Vick is all talk or if he can actually back up his words with vastly improved play.

  2. joetoronto says: Aug 13, 2012 12:05 PM

    Ya, good luck with that, the guy is a dummy.

  3. gixrider says: Aug 13, 2012 12:09 PM

    “Andy Reid even made Kevin Kolb look good, which might be his greatest trick ever”

    Exactly…that in and of itself may be a Hall of Fame worthy accomplishment! LOL!!

  4. bringbacktheflex says: Aug 13, 2012 12:21 PM

    “Whether Vick ever becomes a “master at that position” remains to be seen.”

    Haven’t we seen that for awhile now. He’s never going to really progress any more as a QB. At some point his feet are no longer going to get him out of any problems, and then he will finally be labeled what he is: A failed experiment.

    Reid has never been able to develop QBs. How he gets this label as a “QB guru” is beyond me. There are just no facts to back it up.

  5. omegaichiban says: Aug 13, 2012 12:58 PM

    On one play, and it might be the one in which he injured his hand, there was a hole you could drive a Mack truck through and running room. He easily gets twenty yards. They have taken his best weapon away from him.

  6. eagleswin says: Aug 13, 2012 1:04 PM

    Isn’t awareness something a QB should have BEFORE you give him a $100 mill contract? Michael Vick can put fans in the seats and highlights on sportscenter. Superbowl? Not gonna happen.

    Tremendous athlete, just doesn’t have what it takes upstairs.

  7. jnks10 says: Aug 13, 2012 1:04 PM

    bringbacktheflex says:
    Aug 13, 2012 12:21 PM
    “Whether Vick ever becomes a “master at that position” remains to be seen.”

    Haven’t we seen that for awhile now. He’s never going to really progress any more as a QB. At some point his feet are no longer going to get him out of any problems, and then he will finally be labeled what he is: A failed experiment.

    Reid has never been able to develop QBs. How he gets this label as a “QB guru” is beyond me. There are just no facts to back it up.
    —————–

    People who have been successful under andy reid and no where else = Mcnabb, Aj Feely, and Kevin Kolb. Other Andy has coached include Vick (looks pretty good compared to early in his career and Brett Farve but Farve wasn’t that good i guess? Anymore proof you need?

  8. datageek94 says: Aug 13, 2012 1:35 PM

    For Michael Vick to be truly successful in the NFL, they’d need to bring in, not the wildcat, but the wishbone.

  9. jh500 says: Aug 13, 2012 1:47 PM

    “Granted, he didn’t look like that in the preseason opener, leading a pair of three-and-outs before leaving with a thumb injury.”

    Yet no articles of Rodgers going 2-6, throwing an interception, and a fumble.

    It’s a pre-season game. They play the Steelers in the regular season. Do people really expect them to go all out? Expect a vanilla offense.

  10. joetoronto says: Aug 13, 2012 1:54 PM

    bringbacktheflex says:
    Aug 13, 2012 12:21 PM

    People who have been successful under andy reid and no where else = Mcnabb, Aj Feely, and Kevin Kolb. Other Andy has coached include Vick (looks pretty good compared to early in his career and Brett Farve but Farve wasn’t that good i guess? Anymore proof you need?
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    Sorry but Favre had more than just Andy Reid coaching him. I remember Mooch, Gruden, Mortinwig….. I think there was more.

  11. bringbacktheflex says: Aug 13, 2012 2:45 PM

    “People who have been successful under andy reid and no where else = Mcnabb, Aj Feely, and Kevin Kolb”

    Really? That’s your list of “successfully” coached QBs? McNabb was a 1st round QB. Must have been tough to coach a 1st rounder. Feely and Kolb never amounted to much and Reid never even won a division with them. Favre? Another first rounder. Not sure what Reid did there with him.

    Being on the coaching staff of a successful player doesn’t necessarily mean you had anything to do with their success. Nice try.

    Belicek took a 7th rounder and made him a SB MVP. Now THAT’s coaching.

  12. philly4lyfe says: Aug 13, 2012 3:06 PM

    This article is incredibly stupid and pointless. I’m an eagles fan and even I’m getting dick of seeing every 3rd article being about the eagles and Vick. Give it a rest already!

  13. nard100 says: Aug 13, 2012 3:15 PM

    In the words of Cris Carter… C’mon Man! Y’all know there is no way Vick makes it through 16 games this year. it’s just a matter of how many games he misses and when. This year will be no different.

  14. dan39564 says: Aug 13, 2012 3:17 PM

    Has Vick gotten, Taller, Younger, Faster, or Smarter in the Off-Season. Smarter is subjective, and he could improve decision making I guess.

    But I have my doubts that any improvement is possible at this point! I would be surprized that Vick last a half a season.

  15. eaglesfanalways says: Aug 13, 2012 3:25 PM

    If Vick hasn’t mastered the position by now, who is thinking he is poised to do so?

  16. jsidewalk says: Aug 13, 2012 7:34 PM

    bringbacktheflex are you kidding me?

    “Sorry but Favre had more than just Andy Reid coaching him. I remember Mooch, Gruden, Mortinwig….. I think there was more.”

    Because Gruden was a wide receivers coach, Mornhinweg was only there 2 years, and Mooch was the only other coach there besides Reid when Favre was drafted. Besides if you are going to apply the logic that everyone is to get credit when a QB is successful how come it’s only Reid’s fault when a QB isn’t?

    “Belicek took a 7th rounder and made him a SB MVP. Now THAT’s coaching.”

    Charlie Weis? Tom Martinez? Josh McDaniels?

    “Favre? Another first rounder. ”

    He actually WASN’T a first rounder.

  17. 2fleas says: Aug 13, 2012 9:34 PM

    Vick will never be an elite qb. He doesn’t have the brains to back up his skills. The eagles wasted that money on a guy that will always make bad decisions and continue to get hurt because of them.

  18. mojoquasi says: Aug 13, 2012 10:17 PM

    Take him out someplace where he can kill some dogs. He’ll be just fine.

  19. acasar123 says: Aug 13, 2012 11:20 PM

    Michael Vick has benefited from more patience, tolerance, forebearance, leniency, and forgiveness than any athlete in the history of professional sports! It is inconceivable that ten years after he first came into the league that people are still discussing this overrated piece of garbage in terms of his “continued” development as an NFL quarterback. When will the madness end?

  20. sevensgottago says: Aug 14, 2012 7:44 AM

    Until we dump Vick and find a true franchise QB,I am resigned to the fact we will be also-rans.
    Vick.. Bad QB, and a worse person.

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