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Michael Vick: I can’t keep taking hits like that

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Eagles quarterback Michael Vick avoided broken ribs on Monday, but reminded the Eagles of the constant injury risk that comes with his style of play.

According to wide receiver DeSean Jackson, Vick knows that he needs to try something different in order to stay on the field. Jackson recounted his halftime conversation with Vick during an interview on ESPN in the second half of the game against the Patriots.

“He’s sore and bruised up a little bit,” Jackson said. “He’s just like, ‘Man, I can’t keep taking hits like that.'”

Doing so will take a fundamental change to the way he plays. Vick got hurt on Monday night because he tried to make a play when the more prudent thing to do would have been to throw the ball away. The throw was a heave downfield as well, a ball that could wind up being intercepted, and that only adds to the reasons why Vick would have been wise to make another choice.

If there’s a silver lining to the injury for the Eagles, it’s that Nick Foles got extended playing time and looked good in both halves. He went 18-of-28 for 271 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and hooked up with Jackson on a 40-yard play to set up one of two Clay Harbor touchdowns. Foles got a chance to play with the Eagles starters that he wouldn’t have otherwise received this preseason and it’s probably a safe bet he’ll get more after Vick went down on Monday night.

That will give Foles his first chance to face a starting defense, something that should help could cement him into the backup role that looked to be Mike Kafka’s when the preseason began.

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63 Responses to “Michael Vick: I can’t keep taking hits like that”
  1. bennyb82 says: Aug 20, 2012 11:06 PM

    I bet he takes another hit like that in his next series at qb.

  2. sledgehorn says: Aug 20, 2012 11:08 PM

    He can’t keep taking hits like that …
    Or Foles will take his job.

  3. lilrob10201 says: Aug 20, 2012 11:08 PM

    Keep it up Vick and Foles will take your spot.

  4. fthrvic says: Aug 20, 2012 11:08 PM

    “uhhh, FREAKING DUH!!!” -The rest of planet Earth upon hearing Mike Vick say this.

  5. gmendynasty says: Aug 20, 2012 11:09 PM

    Sooooo Vick gets injured more staying IN the pocket…. let him scramble. That’s what he does best.

  6. sgtr0c says: Aug 20, 2012 11:09 PM

    As a Eagles fan, I love Vick’s play. Can’t make a club from a tub. Loved Foles more, Atta Guy!

  7. mojosmagic says: Aug 20, 2012 11:12 PM

    Well go down on a broken play and you won’t take the hit. Dumb ass.

  8. nav711 says: Aug 20, 2012 11:13 PM

    This is a man’s game Vick, stop complaining like a girl. I hope they put you out for good one of these days.

  9. fdugrad says: Aug 20, 2012 11:14 PM

    He continues to say things along this lines, and yet, he seems unable to do so. It’s as though he is hard-wired. Getting constantly thumped by the opposition doesn’t seem to change him. Perhaps his position coach should rap him on the snout with a rolled up newspaper.

  10. briank1ne says: Aug 20, 2012 11:14 PM

    Mr. Glass

  11. bennyb82 says: Aug 20, 2012 11:14 PM

    I think this is where Vicks athletic ability hinders his qb play. He has the potential to turn a lot of plays into a great play. With that mindset, he puts himself in a position to want more, when the defense may be giving him a lesser option. A smart qb takes what the defense gives him. A risk-taking qb will see what else he can get. Vick should focus more on the easy option. Go for the risk when your team needs it. If he take what the defense gives, he may find that there will be fewer times when he needs to make a play by himself. Use your teammates to your advantage…we know you have big play capability, but you cant use it on the bench.

  12. jh500 says: Aug 20, 2012 11:14 PM

    offensive lines fault for letting two guys right in

  13. beerbudsnbevo says: Aug 20, 2012 11:15 PM

    He will be out for a few weeks this season…as always.

    Money says if the Eagles don’t get past the first round of the Playoffs, Reid is gone and they rebuild. Adios Vick.

  14. kilo0986 says: Aug 20, 2012 11:16 PM

    Man he looked good couple years ago, he just needs to go back to that style of disciplined play… Not an eagles fan but love good football

  15. scoops1 says: Aug 20, 2012 11:16 PM

    Didn’t he say the same thing last year….?

  16. mattolikesthevikes says: Aug 20, 2012 11:17 PM

    That what your dogs were saying. I know, I know, get over it.

  17. irishfan109 says: Aug 20, 2012 11:20 PM

    Talk about an obvious statement. Maybe he should be tested for a concussion?

  18. godblessfootball says: Aug 20, 2012 11:21 PM

    Don’t take the bait whisenhunt, Foles isn’t the answer.

  19. dandrol says: Aug 20, 2012 11:22 PM

    Foles was indeed the silver lining…preseason is learning what you have for the season. As an Eagles fan, we have some great potential. But consistency is the key. I hope Vick can learn from this…but I have hoped the same thing from the many injuries he has suffered in the past. And despite hearing that the president’s words would make him learn to slide… he still slid head first tonight. Hope Foles is the backup & ready to play.

  20. stonecoldsays says: Aug 20, 2012 11:23 PM

    Way to realize the obvious…10 years into your career…

  21. keanesthoughts says: Aug 20, 2012 11:25 PM

    “I can’t keep taking hits like this.”

    Is this Ricky Williams, Michael Phelps, or Michael Vick?

  22. floridaboy619 says: Aug 20, 2012 11:25 PM

    Are people seriously acting like hits don’t happen to Big Ben or Rodgers weekly?? Yea Bit Ben is a lot bigger, but Rodgers is just his size, so was Favre and neiter of em showed they needed out over half the weak BS Vick needs out for!

  23. c0rona55 says: Aug 20, 2012 11:26 PM

    This guy is as dense as they come..HE SAYS THE SAME THING EVERY WEEK!

  24. Eberwizzle says: Aug 20, 2012 11:26 PM

    And yet, you keep taking hits like that

  25. bennyb82 says: Aug 20, 2012 11:39 PM

    Sounds like a alcoholic with a terrible hangover

  26. Duckhomie says: Aug 20, 2012 11:41 PM

    So glad to see this monster get crushed every game. I have no respect for him and cheer the D that rocks his world every week. I shall go to sleep smiling tonight.

  27. scubasteve12 says: Aug 20, 2012 11:41 PM

    Eagles want Kolb back

  28. prrbrr says: Aug 20, 2012 11:49 PM

    And the Foles era begins in Philly. Remember you had heard it here first!

    The kid looked good minus one throw. He’s ten times better than Kolb was right out of school

  29. iceicebaby32 says: Aug 20, 2012 11:52 PM


  30. clu1perceiver says: Aug 20, 2012 11:54 PM

    During the first Eagles offensive series Vick ran on a play. He went down head first, instead of sliding, what’s up with that?

  31. chrisvegas says: Aug 21, 2012 12:14 AM

    I’m impressed with Foles. I think he is already better then Vick.

  32. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Aug 21, 2012 12:15 AM

    Yes, Vick, you CAN keep taking hits like that, please?

  33. jimw81 says: Aug 21, 2012 12:18 AM

    As a Eagles fan, this is going to be another long season. The defense is picking up from week 18 from last year inwhich there is zero discipline, coaches yelling at players again and Vick says he’ll stop whatever gets him injured but continues do it anyway.

    It’s amazing how Castillo got schooled by pats defense that didn’t have their starters in a preseason game. Unreal.

  34. thephillynut says: Aug 21, 2012 12:58 AM

    I’m a Vick fan but it’s getting old. At this point in his career he should know how to try and avoid these hits already. Foles looked great and I am ready to just see what he can do behind center at this point.

  35. whodey33ds says: Aug 21, 2012 1:40 AM

    Get rid of the ball !!! Kibble an Vick

  36. bigblueapple says: Aug 21, 2012 2:27 AM

    Who cares if he takes hits like that, both me and the Eagles agree, Nick Foles is the greatest rookie QB of all time. He will have no problem going against the defensive fronts in the NFC East during the regular season. As a Giants fan, I’m so jealous. I mean, how do they do it? First Feeley, then Kolb, then Kafka and now Foles… I don’t understand how they aren’t winning Super Bowls non-stop. Baffling.

  37. anpsteel says: Aug 21, 2012 4:48 AM

    Based upon only 1 preseason game performance, the Eagles have just traded Nick Foles to Arizona for 2 first round draft picks.

  38. andyb02 says: Aug 21, 2012 5:38 AM


  39. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 21, 2012 7:00 AM

    Who wants to bet that Foles will be the next QB that Andy Reid uses to fleece another team?

  40. bangitfootball says: Aug 21, 2012 7:22 AM

    China Doll

  41. blackqbwhiterb says: Aug 21, 2012 7:42 AM

    Rather than make a joke about teaching an old dog new tricks, can we agree that Mike Vick hasn’t changed his style in all the years he’s played, and doesn’t seem to try to very hard, and therefore the Eagles have to accept him that way, or move on….

  42. pats54 says: Aug 21, 2012 7:56 AM

    Easy there Foles fans. He looked good but that’s because the Patriots rested 1/2 the starting lineup. The Patriots D, while improved, is still not the caliber the Eagles are going to face in the NFC East. Vick is your best QB, injured ribs or not.

  43. therealtrenches says: Aug 21, 2012 7:59 AM

    After the way Foles looked, he’s not trade bait, he’s the future. Kolb never looked that good during his preseason rookie year games.

    As for Vick, the guy can’t win: if he leaves the pocket and uses his gifts indtead of looing awkwardly to the nearest open spot and sliding, he gets treated like a rn by the refs. If he stays in the pocket, he takes shots.

  44. mikejd12 says: Aug 21, 2012 8:01 AM

    If you watch the replay he could have shot that gap an ran it and he would have been fine!…… I think they are putting to much emphasis on throwing from the pocket. All his injuries have been throwing from the pocket….. Escape first then keep your eyes up field!!!

  45. titknocker says: Aug 21, 2012 8:31 AM

    Foles played well against a bunch of 3rd stringers who will be looking for a new job come this time next week……..But hey, way to be optimistic.

  46. vcupats says: Aug 21, 2012 8:42 AM

    In a perfect world Vick would keep taking hits like that but still be able to play and do all of his self-serving interviews – this way his haters and supporters will both be happy.

  47. chazatlas says: Aug 21, 2012 8:51 AM

    I kept telling people that Carolina was going to beat Philly on MNF in late November because by that time Vick was already going to be hurt.

  48. corvidae64 says: Aug 21, 2012 8:52 AM

    Dear Eagles,

    We would like to exchange our quarterback, Kevin Kolb, for a new one. We believe the one we received was defective and should be issued Nick Foles as a replacement.

    Arizona Cardinals

  49. mineallmine001 says: Aug 21, 2012 9:56 AM

    I wonder who is the vegas favorite to have a multi game injury stafford,vick, or cutler

    All three are made of the same brittle material.

  50. vetdana says: Aug 21, 2012 10:16 AM

    Vick makes far to much money to sit on the bench but….he has shown a great tendency to ” break easily [” in the last couple of years.] I think we are looking at his replacement in Foles & this may happen much sooner than was expected !

  51. tcostant says: Aug 21, 2012 10:57 AM

    What a cry baby, I never once say Kurt Warner quoted like this.

  52. nashwaakkidd says: Aug 21, 2012 10:57 AM

    if he walked off under his own power, they didn’t hit him hard enough

  53. thraiderskin says: Aug 21, 2012 11:25 AM

    I’m starting to think he can’t play the game any other way… which is unfortunate for the Eagles.

  54. insanelomein2 says: Aug 21, 2012 12:15 PM

    Vick is only guaranteed through this season. Let the Nick Foles era begin!!!

    Foles went to the same high school as Drew Brees on crushed all of Brees’ high school records. If that’s any indication of his ability I say let him play.

  55. fmwarner says: Aug 21, 2012 12:24 PM

    All you people tripping over yourselves to buy a Nick Foles jersey do understand it’s the preseason, don’t you?

    The Eagles will go as far as Vick can take them. He’s easily their best QB.

  56. EJ says: Aug 21, 2012 12:49 PM

    Michael Vick will only play in 10-12 games this season, he is way too injury prone. This will give Foles the opportunity to show what he is worth in 4-6 games of his own. If Vick is smart and wants to retain his job, he better learn how to absolve hits better or avoid them completely.

  57. bigblueapple says: Aug 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    Our positive perception of Foles is just more of Reid’s smoke and mirrors. Sometimes I think that he could make me look good at QB if he wanted to score some extra picks.

  58. mikevancouver says: Aug 21, 2012 11:16 PM

    I watched the hit the only thing that was bad ~~~ it didnt do any more damage

  59. oaksden says: Aug 22, 2012 11:00 AM

    Doesn’t anyone on the Pats defense know how to do a crack-back block?

  60. claude28giroux says: Aug 22, 2012 9:55 PM

    Thank God for Shady McCoy! Our only hope!

  61. salvi18 says: Aug 25, 2012 10:19 AM

    I am a die hard eagles fan but enough of this guy already all I keep thinking about is the way eli got the snot knocked out of him in that playoff game against San Fran, he kept getting up and leading his team, Vick would have never stayed in, it is getting tiresome rooting for a team holding my great every game wondering if Vick will get hurt start foles already

  62. royleesb says: Aug 26, 2012 1:20 AM

    Look, l am a ride or die Eagles fane to the end. Their no V team stop acting like Vick is out there by himself. This man is one of the QB’s that ever played the game and he can’t play offense by himself someone is got to protect him and someone have got to get open to receive the ball. Whether it’s a hand off or pass we all know he can put the ball where it should be. O-line get it together play your game we all want to win but let’s face it love Vick or hate him we CAN’T WIN without him. He’s trying to make plays he shouldn’t have to because guys are not where they should be or not trying to get opean and yes he deserves every dime and more. So fix whatever bull thats going on and play some Eagles football. At the end of the day the offensive line will be the blame for not
    protecting their Quarter Back and the defense kept them on the field long enough

    ne scored a touchdown. And the defense kept

  63. oaksden says: Aug 26, 2012 11:48 AM

    A quarterback needs three things: talent; character, and the respect of his teammates. Vic has one: talent.

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