Eagles quarterback Michael Vick made it through an entire game without a turnover for just the second time this season in Sunday’s loss to the Falcons. Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg says that’s fine, but it’s not what he wants Vick thinking about.
Instead, Mornhinweg said, the Eagles want Vick to be focusing on attacking opposing defenses, even if he has to take chances to do it.
“You know our mentality, we’ve talked about that before,” Mornhinweg said. “We want to be aggressive, agressive, aggressive. Unafraid to make a mistake. When we make a mistake, we tried to swiftly correct it and we move on. It’s that simple. There’s reasons why these things have occurred. Excellence is all about attitude. We’ve discussed that as a unit — that is important, that attitude and that certain mentality. I thought last ballgame, at a certain point in that ballgame, we needed more of it.”
There’s probably some truth to what Mornhinweg is saying: Vick didn’t take many chances downfield against the Falcons, which is why he averaged a season-low 5.5 yards a pass. But the Eagles’ coaches also seem to be working hard at building Vick’s confidence. Mornhinweg’s comments may have been intended to have the same effect as Eagles head coach Andy Reid saying this week that Vick is the starter not just this week but going forward. The Eagles’ coaching staff doesn’t want Vick looking over his shoulder and fearing that he may be benched.
Mornhinweg acknowledged that confidence and mental toughness are important attributes to being the starting quarterback in Philadelphia.
“I will say this, that there are some players that can’t play in this city,” Mornhinweg said. “It’s that simple. The tough guy, physically and mentally, can thrive, playing for the Philadelphia Eagles and this city. I’ve been here a while now, I’ve built up a lot of respect for our fans. They are passionate. It’s almost like they can say anything they want about their players, but nobody else can. We understand that. It’s very simple: outside influences distract us zero.”
And the Eagles don’t want Vick distracted by outside talk that he’s turning the ball over too much.