Vick Taking His Cues From Steve Young

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick Michael Vick has dusted off some old tapes as he works on polishing his new game.

“I watch a lot of film on Steve Young,” said Vick. “That’s what I’ve been watching the last week or two. I’m just trying to not necessarily pattern myself after him because I can’t do what Steve did – this is a different day, different time. He made himself so great and I want to do the same thing for myself.”

What elements of Young’s game does he want to adapt?

“Managing the game, poise, making good decisions,” he said.

Young is the benchmark for athletic quarterbacks. Hall-of-Famer, league and Super Bowl MVP, seven-time Pro Bowler. Deadly accurate, dagger runs at just the right moment. It is a lofty goal to shoot for.

This is not the first time that the connection has been made. It was just over a year ago, actually, when Marty Mornhinweg was guilty of this blaspheme: “I think he can be better than Steve.”

He  of course being one Michael Dwayne Vick.

The offensive coordinator prefaced the statement by saying Vick has a long way to go. Here’s how far:

 
Steve Young
Michael Vick
Completion %64.3%56.0%
TDs-INTs232-107111-72
QB Rating96.880.9
QB Record94-4953-37-1
Game-Winning Drives1711
Playoff Wins82

Much work to be done.

If there is any optimism that Vick can find his way into Young’s stratosphere, it’s that Young did most of his work after the age of 30, given that he was blocked for parts of five  seasons by that Joe Montana guy. He did not throw for over 3,000 yards until age 31, then proceeded to accomplish the feat six times in all. The Super Bowl MVP came when he was 33.

Vick is now 32. And while he wasn’t blocked by any Hall-Of-Fame QBs over his first nine seasons (Please do not say Donovan McNabb), we all know he’s had his share of mostly-self-imposed obstacles. One that may be beyond his control is the coaching he got in Atlanta.

“It’s unfortunate that I didn’t have what I have now,” said Vick. “But that’s just the situation that was created. If it was meant to be then God would have placed those people around me to help me progress as a quarterback. Not to say that I didn’t…We just try to build a foundation here, and I’m glad I had an opportunity to come here and do it differently, and have fun doing it.”

Vick is entering Year 4 with the Eagles, the third when he’ll be a regular in the starting lineup. To get any closer to Mornhinweg’s bold proclamation, he knows he has to mix his new understanding of the position with some of that thirty-something maturity.

Vick was asked what the biggest difference in his game will be this year.

“I think the ability to manage the game,” he replied. “Whether running no-huddle or two-minute, whether I’m getting blitzed. Just being poised and making good decisions is going to be the difference-maker.”

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  • distantfires

    why the gratuitous shot at Donovan? He was always a class act in Philly and a joy to watch (IMHO). As he is not in the hall fame, the reference to him is fairly illogical.

  • devilokk

    I’m excited to see how Vick does…he’s no dummy by any means, so I think he’ll have a very good command of the offense this year. Doesn’t hurt that Kelce will be helping as well. It’s funny….Vick, McCoy and the Receivers are the least of my concerns….i know they can make things happen….Im just praying our linebackers and safeties play better….I think they will.

  • cas

    Vick is learning and maturing. Steve Young film study is a great idea. As for the shot at Donavan, he hold all the eagles qb records, and carried the team on his back his hole time here. Who else plays and wins a game with a broken leg??

  • #EaglesFan4LifeBaby#

    Vick, can destroy any D, with all those weapons on offense along with his skills…all he need is to make the right decisions SPECIALLY in critical situations. The Defense needs to step up big time…And Mcnabb was GreaT!!! he carried the Eagles all those years with NO weapons, All Those Winning seasons, how can a QB make all those ProBowls, Playoffs (specially Championship games) with NO WR, NO TE, and NO running Game??? none past a 1,000 yds and if they did they were not consistant…Reid loved to throw the ball but McNabb had no playmakers…when they finally got him help (T.O.) THEY MADE THE SB!!! Had they helped him a little bit more there would not be an argument wether he is or isnt a HOF. I hate the way they let him go, they should of kept him one more year, it seemed that they wanted him out every year…He has no job offer…If u ask me he be the best back up for Vick this season…We going all the way!!!

  • joby

    i love all the super 5 haters tell me one qb that could do better with the talent that was around him. Brady had a shut down D through their run the only qb that i think could have done the same with the same talent is p. manning. But whatever everyone is entitled to an opinion whether they make themselves look like a complete idiot is up to the individual.I would love to see D.MAC. finish his career where he belongs and that is right here in philly.Yes we as a city have some fans that are ignorant but dont let their voices speak for all.#5 is to this point the greatest qb in franchise history look at the numbers.