Michael Vick will get no relief in Philadelphia after squeaking out a turnover-filled 17-16 victory against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
This morning’s Philadelphia Daily News back page headline, “Here a pick, there a pick…everywhere a Vick Pick,” gives an indication of the type of week it will be for the Eagles’ quarterback.
Former Eagles signal-caller Donovan McNabb knows a thing or two about tough weeks in Philadelphia. He said on “NFL AM” on Monday morning that Sunday’s effort isn’t an indicator of how the season will go for Vick.
“I think it’s just a bad day at the office,” said McNabb, who spent 11 seasons in the City of Brotherly Love. “You look at all throughout the preseason he wasn’t able to get into a rhythm and get his feet up under him, so this was another preseason game for him.”
This “preseason” game counted in the regular season standings, so luckily for Vick the Eagles came out on top.
Vick’s four interceptions were partially a product of attempting 56 passes, McNabb said.
“I think that was just a bad decision overall; I thought they should have ran the ball a little bit more,” he said. “Shady (LeSean) McCoy did a great job running the ball, with over 120 yards rushing. I think whenever you get put in that position you’ve got to take the ball out of his hands and put it into a guy that is hot. If you are running screens, running the ball or just a shovel pass, do something to try get that confidence for Michael Vick. Continuing to throw and throw and throw when things aren’t going well puts your team in a bad position.”
Vick threw for 317 yards on 29-for-56 passing with two touchdowns to go with his four picks. McNabb said the preparation for next week will be a better indicator for how the season will go for the Eagles’ offense.
“I don’t think it’s a cause for concern. I think the most important thing that we need to focus on is what’s going to happen next week they are playing a tough team with a tough defense next week,” he said. “I think now you go into this game plan, ‘are we going to throw the ball 30-40 times?’ ‘Are we going to try and set up with running the ball now?’ Because I think it’s important to find out the mental makeup of Michael vick this week coming off a four interception game.”
Along with the run game, short, quick passes will help Vick get in rhythm next week against the Baltimore Ravens.
“I think it’s important that Marty Mornhinweg and Andy Reid do a great job of getting his confidence by doing a three-to-five-step game to get him back on course,” McNabb said.