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To be or not to be (careful); Michael Vick changes his mind again

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Maybe the reason Michael Vick looked so bad last week against Cleveland stems from the fact he doesn’t quite know what he’s trying to accomplish.

After saying earlier this offseason he had to try to avoid so many hits in hopes of staying healthy, the Eagles quarterback is apparently back to adopting his old, reckless style.

“I sorta said to myself, ‘You know what? Stop worrying about playing not to get hurt,’” Vick told Albert Breer of the NFL Network. “Two weeks in a row, against Pittsburgh and New England, my mindset was just to play cautiously and not get hurt and get through the preseason to the regular season. And I just told myself, ‘I can’t play like that.’ I can’t play with so many different things on my mind. . . .

“If the good Lord don’t want you out there, and you’re gonna sprain an ankle or tweak your thumb, that’s what’s gonna happen. Go out there and play lights out. That’s why we have backups.”

Maybe Vick’s just taking a pragmatic approach.

Without Jason Peters, the Eagles line is struggling to protect him anyway. He took 11 hits against the Browns, and he happens to live in a division with some of the league’s best pass-rushers.

But Vick’s also 32 years old, and seems no closer to figuring out what he wants to be when he grows up than he did when he was a rookie. It’s as if he wants to be cautious after he gets hurt, and as soon as he feels better, changes his mind again.

Which keeps the cycle going.

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30 Responses to “To be or not to be (careful); Michael Vick changes his mind again”
  1. bennyb82 says: Sep 12, 2012 12:39 PM

    Go in with the mindset of playing smart, and the rest should take care of itself. Probably a lot easier said than done.

  2. jamaltimore says: Sep 12, 2012 12:40 PM

    With the GOAT coming to town bringing Ngata,Pollard, Webb and Reed along this may not be the week to start taking risks!

    I’d be suprised if Mike makes it through the whole game on Sunday.

  3. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Sep 12, 2012 12:43 PM

    The point is Vick is who he is. He’s not going to be Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. He’s Mike Vick. He’s at his best when he’s making plays with his legs because he’s not a top tier pocket passer by any stretch.

  4. bumbler19 says: Sep 12, 2012 12:47 PM

    Coming soon…..Nick Foles.

  5. succulentnipples says: Sep 12, 2012 12:48 PM

    At least try to be smart about what you do. Quarterbacks need to be smart.

  6. theherbsman says: Sep 12, 2012 12:53 PM

    well maybe instead of throwing it over 50 times against the BROWNS… try handing it to lesean a few more times, and your QB won’t be getting blasted constantly by the pass rush… keep other teams honest, you have one of the best RBs in the league and he barely touched the ball 10 times… you don’t have peyton/brady/brees/rodgers reading the D and slinging it, vick just is NOT good at reading defenses

  7. iam6thatthatiam says: Sep 12, 2012 1:00 PM

    Mike Vick play your game. What makes you is you bring a risk but a edge of excitement to the game. The game is changing now. Stop being the they quarterback and be the you quarterback. You got all around skill not one dementional skill. You can be a top rated passer but you were blessed to entertain not to be a proto type passer. You changed the game. Be MV but use the tools that helped define your better passing game.

  8. cash804 says: Sep 12, 2012 1:09 PM

    The point is Vick will never win a championship as the starting QB of any franchise…

  9. wellwtf says: Sep 12, 2012 1:13 PM

    The point is Vick is who he is. He’s not going to be Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. He’s Mike Vick. He’s at his best when he’s making plays with his legs because he’s not a top tier pocket passer by any stretch.

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    But he is making Brady/Manning money, he is just not capable of producing at the level he is being paid

  10. edavidberg says: Sep 12, 2012 1:16 PM

    Is it that hard to go out of bounds or slide when you see a big hit coming?

  11. dannythebisforbeast says: Sep 12, 2012 1:16 PM

    Just picked up foles in my fantasy.

  12. chrisvegas says: Sep 12, 2012 1:17 PM

    I wonder if I can bet on how many games Vick will get injured for this year? I agree with anonymouslyanonymouscommentor. Vick is going to be successful by making plays with his legs. I really think at this point if Andy Reid wants to protect Vick he is going to have to start running the ball more. When everyone knows you are going to pass on first down all they do is rush the passer and try and put him down. Now if the Eagles start handing it off to McCoy on first down then all of a sudden the opposing defenses have to respect the run and can’t focus solely on hitting Vick. My point is the way I see Vick being successful is only by establishing the run. Not 60% to 40% It needs to be 55% run and the rest pass. The Eagles have 4 really good running backs, they should use them. That is how you protect Vick. If Eagles use a more balanced attack on that offense they can really be unstoppable on offense, but when you come out and throw on first down every series you are just putting Vick in a bad situation.

  13. footballfan01 says: Sep 12, 2012 1:23 PM

    Dynasty.

  14. remok9 says: Sep 12, 2012 1:23 PM

    The point is Vick is who he is. He’s not going to be Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. He’s Mike Vick. He’s at his best when he’s making plays with his legs because he’s not a top tier pocket passer by any stretch.

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    Exactly, while Reid and Marty are good at turning chicken &^%* into chicken salad, Vick is not going to change. It goes against his instincts to just stay in the pocket. It kills me to watch him forcing bad throws from the pocket, especially when there’s an open lane and he could have ran for 10-15 yards (Granted he needs to slide).

  15. insanelomein2 says: Sep 12, 2012 1:29 PM

    How about starting out with NOT throwing 4ints in a game against the Browns. Being careful doesn’t just mean with taking unnecessary hits.

  16. jimcaldwellsucks says: Sep 12, 2012 1:30 PM

    Vick is to dumb to grow up.

    Foles > Vick anyway. He can read a defense.

  17. rc33 says: Sep 12, 2012 1:33 PM

    So now he was playing with too many things on his mind. The most recent excuse. Maybe…at age 32…he just is what he is.

  18. raidadon says: Sep 12, 2012 1:41 PM

    Though I hear ya sentiment. Ray Ray prolly gonna end Mr.Glass’ career this weekend.

  19. chris7676 says: Sep 12, 2012 1:42 PM

    Its not that hard. Use your athleticism to escape the rush. Then, 1. If someone is OPEN, hit them. 2. If no one is open, throw it away. 3. If there is room to run, run with the intention of either getting out of bounds or sliding before taking a hit. 4. If you cant escape a pass rush, secure the ball and take the sack with the least damage possible. 5. If you get blindsided, well, that’s on the O-line and pass protection and I guess you can chalk it up to god.

    Its not a question of he either has to play “cautious” or “lights out”. There is a way to play smart, an in between if you will. Kind of like Romo, but if Vick could master it he would be even better. Just no stupid passes when you avoid a rush.

  20. larryjames836 says: Sep 12, 2012 1:52 PM

    Micheal Vick came in the league like RGIII now Micheal Vicks little game done come to and end. His game plan done got old in the league every team knows his plays so RGIII your game are going to get old. This is the NFL some teams has great defensive players I hope you know how to take care of yourself on these fields you lucky the New Orleans Saints defense was not complete. Your career just starting so play with caution some of these defensive players will end your career don’t get the big head. Ask Micheal Vick, Payton Manning, Arron Rodgers, all these pro QB’s that been around for a while you better have some change of plays.

  21. bleedgreen11 says: Sep 12, 2012 1:55 PM

    The guy will never learn. I think he has the same complex Reid’s agent had, the idea that he is so love in Philly and will not be fired.

    If I was Reid I would have benched him after the 3rd pick. He just goes out there and makes the same mistakes over and over again.

    Besides, we need a white quarterback again so we can start getting those roughing the passer penalties.

  22. butkusditka says: Sep 12, 2012 2:02 PM

    Let’s criticize Tim tebow for being a niche player (so much sarcasm). Guess what, Vick will never be a pocket passer so stop trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Why is Vick not being called a publicity stunt or a novelty? Not picking on mike because there are alot of niche players in the league (Hester, clay Matthews, Wes welker). There are guys that, on the flip side, don’t have a defined role (harvin, Reggie bush-in N.O., jeff demps). Let that dude scramble, listen the crowd oooo n aaaah, go .500, at best, sell jerseys n tickets because your qb ain’t rushing to the sb

  23. richndc says: Sep 12, 2012 2:02 PM

    I loved how just a day ago he thanked ‘all his fans for their support and holding him down” uh, ok.

  24. 11inthebox says: Sep 12, 2012 2:09 PM

    @ anonymouslyanonymouscommentor who says:

    The point is Vick is who he is. He’s not going to be Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. He’s Mike Vick. He’s at his best when he’s making plays with his legs because he’s not a top tier pocket passer by any stretch.
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    Actually Vick has the ability to be a top tier pocket passer and for the past two years he has shown that ability. But unlike Brady and Manning, he also has the ability to run. That’s what clouds your judgment of him.

    If this comment is posted I will be shocked

  25. bleedsgreen004 says: Sep 12, 2012 2:30 PM

    This team is ready to move on from mike and Andy. Enough of this nonsense already.

  26. richndc says: Sep 12, 2012 2:37 PM

    I have never seen so many excuses made for one player–ever. Every week, since he has been playing. I honestly dont get it. He is not a very good QB. His whole career it has been one excuse after another. He played great for one half of one season in 2011. That’s it. We are about to see the beginning of the end for Mr. Vick. I, for one, will really enjoy watching it.

  27. legacybroken says: Sep 12, 2012 2:51 PM

    This weekend’s matchup with Baltimore has diaster written all over it. Everyone is talking about Ray and Co beating up Ron Mexico but what about the suddenly explosive Raven’s offense. They just demolished a very good Mike Zimmer coached Bengal’s squad, imagine what they can do against Juan Castillo’s defense.

  28. rugbyisbetter says: Sep 12, 2012 4:57 PM

    Eagles fan here, he caught lightning in a bottle some how in 2010. Defenses just thought he would only run it, and stacked the box. He lit them up with Desean Jackson over the top. Now that Vick has been beat up, and teams know that he wants to go over top, they just creep back the safeties and make Vick have to read defenses and find the open man…….. but he can’t.

    Now hes living in Pick City and cant find the directions out so he keeps going back and forth between ‘ I have to be cerebral’ and ‘I just gotta do what I do’

    I am sorry, but Vick is not nearly as good as he thinks he is. Dynasty? Mad that he wasn’t higher in the Top 100? Don’t throw four picks and only 1 TD vs one of the worst team in the league (sorry brown fans.. really I am, just dont let Reid trade you Vick for a second rounder)

    Here comes Nick Foles to our rescue (2013)

  29. waccoforngata says: Sep 12, 2012 6:18 PM

    No way he makes it through the whole game this week.

  30. chucknorrisrules says: Sep 13, 2012 9:42 PM

    Oh Vick fiqured out what he wanted to be when he grew up alright. Then they put him in jail for it!

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