Vick, Reid Can’t Explain Fumbles

Andy Reid and Michael Vick acknowledged that the turnovers were an issue again against the Steelers, but neither seemed overly concerned.

“He didn’t want to come in and fumble the ball,” Reid said. “That’s not what he did. I mean, he was trying to make plays and they hit the ball, they knocked it out.”

Vick fumbled on consecutive possessions in the first half. On first-and-goal from the Steelers’ 3, the Eagles called a quarterback draw, but safety Ryan Clark knocked the ball out.

“I wish I could take the fumble back on the goal line, but you can’t,” Vick said. “Ultimately, I think we put ourselves in a position to win this game and we didn’t win. That’s how it goes in the NFL. You wish you can have some things back. There’s plenty of plays I wish I could have had back throughout the course of this season, but you just can’t get them.

“You’ve got to do a better job of protecting the football. The fumble on the goal line, the guy just put his helmet on a good spot. He put his helmet right on the ball. I tried to protect it. It came out. Can’t do anything about it.”

The second fumble came on a 2nd-and-9 play. Vick scrambled, but Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons knocked the ball out. There was a third one later that Danny Watkins recovered.

Vick now has eight fumbles (five lost) in five games.


The Eagles only had one timeout left on the final drive. Reid used one to challenge the spot on a DeSean Jackson catch. From TV angles, it looked like a good challenge, but the officials upheld the original call. The second timeout was used on a third down.

“I needed to use the other ones at the time,” Reid said. “The other one was on the third down… third-and-short. It was something that they showed us. It wasn’t any call that we made, missed call of the play or anything.”


The Eagles failed to sack Ben Roethlisberger, but Reid thought the defense got good pressure.

“For the most part, he had pressure,” Reid said. “He had to move in the pocket, make his throws, or he extended plays. He’s very good at that.”

This was the second straight week the Eagles failed to notch a sack.


The only injuries Reid mentioned were Bryce Brown’s shoulder strain and Mychal Kendricks’ ankle sprain. Both players returned.

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  • limodriver27

    I really hate Disqus.
    The Vick fumbles are not going to stop. As long as opponents know that they can “hat” the ball when he carries it, they’ll have success w it. The better solution is to take the ball out of his hands via bench/Foles or utilize more of the weapons around him. I guess the short/intermediate pass game was too effective for Red to stay with it. Vick keepers/Shady off left or right/or Macklin-Jackson posts are just too irresistible to break away from. Just no imagination used on offense.
    There, now I feel better (well not really, they lost a game they should have won against a beatable Steelers team).

  • Tyler Thierolf

    There was no helmet on the ball during the fumble at the goal line….

  • aub32

    Fumbleshappen in the NFL. Plus they happened early enough to recover from them. The blown TOs weren’t a big deal either. The first TO was lost on what I thought was a good challenge. The second was made on a crucial 3rd down in which we converted. The fact that we can’t sack Big Ben, a QB who is known for being sacked, is the biggest problem. The lack of a pass rush that forces poor QB decisions is a major problem in my opinion. Washburn better do something quick. Because, at this rate he will have to quick his job, as our rush is certainly not as good as last year.

    • ohitsdom

      “Fumbles happen” is not a good attitude to have as a team or player. And they’re not just happening, Vick is putting it on the ground at a record-breaking pace.

      Also, Big Ben isn’t known for being sacked. He’s known for being a big, strong playmaker who likes to hold on to the ball and extend the play.

      • aub32

        Big Ben has been the most sacked QB since he entered the league. Also, I agree it’s not a good attitude to have as a team, but they happen. Plenty of players try and carry the ball loose when stretching out for the GL. I don’t dismiss it, but we still had a chance to win if we stop them on 3rd and 12 with just over 5 minutes left.

    • joeblow

      dude that one pitt o-lineman had four holding penalties, that is just like four sacks.

  • Mr. Magee

    I agree with you Limo… it would be foolish to expect anything different from Vick at this point.

    You have to wonder how big a hole will the eagles be in before Andy decides to give Foles a try. Better to do it sooner rather than later… asking Foles to deliver in a do or die situation at the end of the season would not be fair or smart.

  • barry_nic

    I can’t do anything but repeat myself at this point. The defense had a bad game, Vick had his usual game, and Marty call the game the way he almost always does. Once or twice is an anomoly, 4 out of 5 times is what you are. This is what Vick and Mornhinweg are, and that is what we have to look forward to. Rant over.

  • I don’t see Foles getting out of the way of the pass rush the Eagles face. Nor do I see the rookie winning close games from behind. The Eagles play calling is horrible given they can’t slow down opponents pass rush.

  • saunhi

    On FB Night in America- they showed a Vick sack where several of O-Line were double blocking and several D-Line were UNBLOCKED. Dungee says the obvious- without Peters and the starting center Vick will get clobbered

  • joeblow

    For a lot of teams there are only 16 games a year. So each game is very important, each
    possession is very important and each touch is very special. During the game, a player is only going to
    get a certain number of touches. It
    appears to me that Vic is blasé with the football. Most NFL football players, while running
    between the tackles, grip the football with TWO ARMS like it is a life or death
    situation. Not Michael Vick. No, he holds it like he is walking down the
    street going to get a sandwich. I don’t
    know where his head is but it isn’t focused on winning football games. It is time to develop a new quarterback. I don’t know if Foles is the answer but I do
    know Michael Vick is not the quarterback answer for the Philadelphia Eagles. After 10 years he is not going to get any
    better. What you see is what you are
    going to get for as long as you continue to start him. Now, I know the rookie will throw
    interceptions and he will fumble but we need to start him and see what kind of
    upside he has.

  • sad

    I haven’t watched a full game in a few years, I am tired of Andy Reids terriable play calling. Is it me or when you watch others games on TV, they are much more exciting. Eagles are boring. Reid sucks and Vick needs to take the bench. We will not win a Super Bowl with this team so they might as well start rebuilding around your next QB.


    um yeah the game i saw the D held them to 16 points after the fumbles if anything the D is what kept us in the game the offense needs to score and they need to stop handing the other team the ball. i cant blame the D. the D played hard but all anyone remembers is they didnt stop them on 3rd and 12…

  • ohitsdom

    I am not in favor of benching Vick. He’s been throwing well enough lately, but these fumbles are ridiculous. Even worse, his post-game comments are INFURIATING.

    “I wish I could take the fumble back on the goal line, but you can’t. Ultimately, I think we put ourselves in a position to win this game and we didn’t win. That’s how it goes in the NFL.”“I tried to protect it. It came out. Can’t do anything about it.”No, the offense did not put us into a position to win. You fumbled at the goal line and essentially cost us the game. That is not “how it goes in the NFL.” And no, you can do a better job of protecting the football. At the very least, please stop calling for designed runs for Vick until he gets this under control.