Tag:Mike Vick
Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:03 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 4:10 pm

Monday Musings: Vick off base

Mike Vick needs to stop crying.

He doesn't take any more late hits than any other quarterback in the league. He just takes a lot of shots because he holds the football, always looking for the big play.

Vick was way off base when he whined about the shots after the Eagles loss to the Giants Sunday. Vick's problem is that quarterbacks who hold the ball will take a lot of shots.

Quarterbacks who hold it and run take even more. Quarterbacks with a bad interior of the line on top of it compound the number of hits.

Vick has been knocked out of the past two games, but both injuries came in the pocket. But both times he was hit while holding onto the football.

I think Vick has made great strides as a passer. But the next big step is getting the ball out on time.

If that happens, he will take fewer hits.

Maybe a concussion and an injured hand on successive weeks will help get that message through to him.

Vick is expected to miss possibly three weeks with the broken hand. Maybe if he spends that time watching the tape he will see how much safer it can be to quit looking for the big play all the time and take the check-down.

--Green Bay Packers corner Sam Shields hangs out with Chicago Bears receiver Devin Hester in the off-season. It's a "U" think since both played at the University of Miami. But that didn't stop the two of them from getting into a fight, punches thrown, in Green Bay's 27-17 victory over the Bears. "That's what goes on all the time in football," Shields said. "Hey, at UM, we fight all the time like that. So it's nothing new. He pushed me during a route, and he kept pushing me in the face, and I pushed back. He kept pushing and he just got caught.''I asked Shields if he planned to hang out with Hester again, and he said he would. But this I thought to be interesting: He didn't shake his hand after the game.

----By now, you probably know that Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio is on shaky ground. His team is 1-2 and this is likely a win-now situation or he's gone. But what's interesting about that is this: He is the only person of substance inside the Jaguars building that is not in the final year of their contract. That includes general manager Gene Smith, his staff and all the assistant coaches. Owner Wayne Weaver opted against giving Del Rio's assistants extensions, which puts them in tough positions since they know that with Del Rio's head on the chopping block they have to be prepared to move on. As for Smith and his staff, that makes little sense. If he has the keys to rebuild the team, which is what Weaver has said many times in the past since promoting him to run things, shouldn't he have more years on his contract? I think Smith deserves that. If Del Rio is let go -- and facing New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Baltimore in the next four games he is staring 2-5 or 1-6 in the face - expect to see either offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter or defensive coordinator Mel Tucker named interim coach. As for the future, who knows?  But if Smith is going to remain in charge with building this team into a contender, he needs more job security. If he isn't, then is begs this question: Is Weaver ready to turn to a coach/general manager type?

---I've been saying for years that the Ravens lack of speed outside showed up every week and hurt their passing game. Say hello to Torrey Smith. When the rookie came out of Maryland, the book on him was that he could fly but had problems with his hands. In his first start Sunday against the Rams, he showed off that speed with three touchdown catches in the first quarter. Smith will help open up a Ravens offense that needs it. Joe Flacco threw for a career-high 389 yards against the Rams. Anquan Boldin as a compliment to Smith's speed will make for tough covers for opposing defenses.

---Count Dolphins coach Tony Sparano as officially in trouble. The Dolphins are 0-3 and Sparano has lost 21 of his last 35 games, including six in a row. With the Dolphins courting Jim Harbaugh this past spring, then settling on Sparano for another year, there's no doubt his days are numbered. Nice man. But business is business.

---Amazing stat: The Jaguars are the only team in the NFL to hold opponents under 300 yards in each of the first three games. Too bad their offense averages 9.6 points per game.

---The Patriots are scoring a lot of points. They're also giving up a ton of yards. The pass rush is non-existent and the secondary has issues. That will make for a lot of shootouts, which we've seen already. New England didn't sack Buffalo's Ryan Fitzpatrick and he carved them up Sunday. For all the talk of how good they do things in terms of personnel, how come they can't find a pass rusher?

---Packers tight end Jermichael Finley had three touchdown catches against the Bears, showing off his ability to beat any type of coverage. He creates real match-up problems for teams. Finley is the prototype tight end for the modern game, a big, speedy player who runs like a receiver.

---The Ram are 0-3 and in the middle of a brutal stretch of games. When I spent time with the Rams this summer that was a big concern of the staff. They thought their team might be better, but take a step back in terms of record because of the schedule. The early-season injuries haven't helped. But let's table any talk that coach Steve Spagnuolo is in trouble. He isn't.

---I am still amazed that Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz doesn't let Jay Cutler audible out of bad plays. I know it's worked in the past when he was with the Rams, but this is a different era. Defenses are much more complex. It's time to change that.

---Is there a better coach than Tom Coughlin of getting his team to play better when nothing is expected of them? It's been that way his entire career. Coughlin coaches better as an underdog.  The 2007 Giants are proof of that. Upsetting the Eagles as 9-point underdogs on Sunday is more proof.

---Andy Dalton and Cam Newton both looked like rookie quarterbacks Sunday. That will happen. There still learning how to play the position.

---If the Steelers don't play better on the offensive line, Ben Roethlisberger might not make it through the season. Imagine if Roethlisberger couldn't move around the way he does?  

---I have to give credit to Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. He has played well the past two weeks, proving me wrong. Three games does not make a season, though.

Category: NFL
Tags: Mike Vick
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:18 pm

Even I believe Vick is changed

Being cynical is my way. I don't believe a lot of things.

I don't believe in UFOs. I don't believe in ghosts. And I usually don't believe the person-has-changed talk after somebody gets in trouble and goes to jail.

I do with Mike Vick.

Even when Vick was doing the things he wasn't supposed to do and not the things he was supposed to be doing in Atlanta, I still liked him. He was funny. He was engaging. You could see there was something good there.

Like everyone else, you heard the stories of how he didn't work. The stories of how he hung with a bad crowd. The stories of how he wasn't committed.

We all did. And it showed. He wasn't prepared. He made due on his wonderful God-given talent.

But he has paid his price. He served his time. He deserved a second chance after the dog-fighting escapades -- and for once I think this is a player who will make the most of it.

So even though the dog-loving public will hate this, I'm about to say it anyway: I'm glad Vick will be getting a long-term deal from the Eagles.

He will receive a reported six-year extension worth $100 million with $40-million in guaranteed money. I'm not sure I would have done that just yet if I were the Eagles.

I'd want to see him do what he did in 2010 for a half a season -- and then pay him.  What's the rush? I'm talking about on the field.

Off it, he's a changed man. You can see that. So he's worth the risk there.

I rarely think rushing to pay a guy is good business. But the Eagles believe in him as their long-term guy or else they would have never traded Kevin Kolb and this does free them up to give DeSean Jackson a new deal.

Eagles coach Andy Reid is a big believer in Vick. And people do change. And Vick seems to have done that, which is nice to see.

This is one instance where sitting in a jail cell pondering life might actually have helped him in the long run.

He truly looks like a changed man. 

Even a cynic like me can see that.

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Tags: MIke Vick
Posted on: September 21, 2010 6:07 pm

Mike Vick? Really?

Mike Vick is the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.


Is Andy Reid really giving up on Kevin Kolb that quickly? Vick has played well in his two appearances, but you don't trade away Donovan McNabb with the idea of making Kolb your long-term solution and then give up on it after one half of football.

You know what you have in Vick: A wonderfully athletic player that can do amazing things with his feet but is limited with his ability to be a quality passer.

Vick has never been a good passer. This is a passing league -- more even than when he was the starter in Atlanta.

Kolb suffered a concussion in the opening loss to the Green Bay Packers. Vick came in and played well and then played well in a start last week at Detroit. But the Lions aren't good on defense. Then again, neither are the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Eagles opponent this week.

Teams will say they hate preparing for Vick because of his improvisational skills. But talking to coaches over the years, that is offset by the fact that he doesn't throw it as well.

I guess the Eagles decided in a half that Kolb isn't their answer.

Somewhere Donovan McNabb has to be chuckling.

The Eagles have really botched their quarterback situation.

Get ready, Philly. The Single Wing is your new offense.



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Tags: Mike Vick
Posted on: August 13, 2009 9:00 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2009 10:00 pm

Why, Eagles?

Can you picture this? Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, sitting on the sidelines watching his team close out a meaningless preseason game while being told the NFL's big news of the day?

"Donovan, we've signed Mike Vick," Andy Reid might have said.

"You did what?" McNabb had to say.

He has to be shocked like the rest of us. Why would the Eagles, a team that builds so well through the draft and makes good football decisions, bring in Vick? The Eagles agreed to a two-year deal with Vick Thursday night, ending the where-will-he-play talk for now.

My question is this: What's the point?

Is Vick being brought in as a backup? If that's why, it's fine. If it's to take snaps from McNabb, it's just dumb.

McNabb is a top-10 quarterback who led his team to the NFC Championship Game. He needs to be on the field all the time.

As for Vick, watching McNabb might be good for him.

Early in his career, McNabb was a run-around quarterback who wasn't a good passer. But as he's stopped running and started scrambling to throw instead of to run he's made huge strides as a passer.

Vick has to do the same, so watching and learning from McNabb might be a good thing for him. And the Eagles are a good organization for a troubled player from a stability standpoint. Of course, the Eagles fans are another story.

What I can't figure out is what Vick will do for the Eagles, unless holding a clipboard is a good exchange for dealing with the circus that will follow him.





Category: NFL
Tags: Mike Vick
Posted on: July 27, 2009 4:44 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2009 4:45 pm

Vick back -- sort of

Mike Vick can play NFL football again.

Sort of.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell conditionally reinstated Vick Monday. Vick is free to sign with any team immediately, but he will not be fully reinstated. Goodell will make a decision by Week Six at the latest, but that decision could come earlier.

That means Vick is twisting in the wind. There is still uncertainty about when he will be able to play. Wtih that hanging over his head, who signs him?

Would you take a PR nightmare for the possibility of having him for 10 or 11 games? I wouldn't. Most teams won't either.

So who signs him? Teams haven't exactly lined up, but they might have been waiting for the commissioner to make his decision. Now that it's out, we'll see.

I've heard the New England Patriots mentioned, but that makes no sense. What would they do, take snaps away from Tom Brady? Make him a receiver?

It makes no sense.

I think Vick's best option is to play in the UFL with Orlando. He can make $1 million for six games and show he can still play after two years of inactivity.

I hear he wants no part of that league. But if he has no options, we'll see.

Vick really isn't an attractive option to the NFL right now. He made it that way when he stupidly fought the dogs. Goodell enhanced it Monday with his ruling.

Vick is back. Just not all the way.

Who wants him? Anybody?
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Posted on: July 27, 2009 4:03 pm

Vick back -- sort of

Mike Vick can play NFL football again.
Sort of.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did exactly what I reported he would do last week, which is to let Vick sign with a team -- just not fully reinstate him.
Vick, based on the conditional re-instatement Monday by Goodell, can now sign with any team, but won't be able to play until the sixth game -- at the earliest.
Which team will sign him with that hanging over his head? You'd be taking a public-relations beating for a player who will give you 10 gmaes at the most.
Did Goodell stick it to Vick? A little. Is it deserved? Somewhat, but I'd probably have allowed him to play now with the caveat that one miststep would end his career.
So who signs Vick? There haven't been a lot of teams linked to him. None in fact if we're being honest. I still think the best place for him is the UFL, where he would play for Orlando and earn $1 million for six games. People will come see him out of curiosity and then he can get back to the NFL next year.
At 29, who knows what the two years off will do to him? At least by playing in the UFL, he can show the NFL scouts what he can do.
Vick is back. Just not all the way and still without a team.
Talk about a career going to the dogs.
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