Frustrated Vick: ‘We Had Our Chances’

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael VickMichael Vick needed about five seconds to gather himself

He had just been asked the first question at his post-game press conference, but wasn’t sure how to explain what had just happened at Lincoln Financial Field: the Eagles blowing a 10-point fourth-quarter lead and losing for the third time in four games.

“I pretty much don’t know what to say,” Vick said. “I mean, we put ourselves in position to win games and we don’t finish, so it’s hard to decipher what mistakes are being made and what’s going on. This is the ultimate team game, and I can’t pinpoint what’s going on in the moment. I have to go back and watch it and assess it myself, but I think the bottom line is we had our chances to win this game.”

A little more than an hour earlier, Vick was feeling good. With 5:18 left in the fourth quarter, the Eagles faced a 3rd-and-4 from their own 30. The Lions blitzed, and Vick saw Jeremy Maclin wide open in the middle of the field. He threw a strike, and Maclin galloped 70 yards to the end zone for the touchdown. The Eagles were up 23-13, and a 4-2 record going into the bye seemed all but a certainty.

“Honestly, yeah,” Vick said, when asked if he thought the Maclin touchdown sealed the victory. “I know our football team. I know how good we are. After the touchdown to Maclin, I thought it was a great opportunity… to win the game. And before I knew it, we were in a fight, so it’s tough, it’s hard.”

In a loss like this, there’s plenty of blame to go around. The defense allowed 17 points in the fourth quarter after limiting the Lions to six in the first three. But the offense had its chances too. On their final two possessions – one with 3:32 left and another to start overtime – the Eagles went three-and-out. The opening possession of OT was a disaster as Vick took a pair of sacks on first and second downs, losing 21 yards in the process and setting the Eagles up at their own 4. After throwing the ball away on third down, Mat McBriar was forced to punt from deep in his own end zone.

Detroit’s offense had to go just 23 yards to set up the game-winning field goal.

“It’s very frustrating. I mean, that’s our shot, that’s our opportunity,” Vick said. “It changed the dynamics of the game. After the first possession, a field goal wins the game. Certain things just can’t happen. We all have to do our jobs and be accountable, and we didn’t get it done on offense.”

Overall, it was the kind of game we’ve seen time after time out of Vick. At moments, he was really good, completing 28 of 46 passes for 311 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while also picking up 59 yards on the ground as the team’s leading rusher.

At other times, he was mistake-prone, throwing two more interceptions for a total of eight in six games.

“The  pass to DeSean [Jackson], I kind of laid it up, the wind caught it,” Vick said. “I could have threw it out there a little bit more.  The one to Jason [Avant], just trying to make a play, and the ball got picked off.”

There was a third turnover for the Eagles that can be attributed to starting center Dallas Reynolds, who seemed to snap the ball before Vick was ready for it.

Overall, Vick was sacked three times and hit 11 times, according to the official game stats. Asked if he had enough time in the pocket, Vick said, “I do the best I can. I give everything I got, and I’m pretty sure my teammates do as well. Other than that, they wouldn’t be out there on the field.”

It was an honest answer. Reynolds spent three years on the practice squad and now is being asked to call protections, diagnose blitzes and block Pro Bowl-caliber defensive tackles. Demetress Bell wasn’t deemed good enough to suit up in Week 1 and is now protecting Vick’s front side.

After six games, you wonder if it’s a case of the offensive linemen making mistakes. Or just simply that the group is not good enough.

“I think we all just need to look in the mirror and figure out what can we all do individually to make sure that we maximize our opportunities to win football games,” Vick said. “At the end of the day, you can say whatever you want to say, but  the only thing that matters is winning and losing.”

And after another loss, the Eagles are 3-3.

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  • Bedetermine

    defore81@gmail.com Let me guess. This was the offense and Vick fault again correct? It was the offense fault for the second straight week correct? The defense is terrible, especially in these late game situations. Once again, Vick and the offense give this team a chance to win. Up 10 with 5 minutes and some and we couldn’t close it out. This team is just not that good. ANd to watch both the Redskins and Giants possibly pulling out wins is just sickening.

  • saunhi

    The O-line injuries really are a big setback. Vick has been getting killed half the game. Leader is now NY who we beat. 10 games to go.

  • Kimbafuzz

    This defense collapsed the way they did all season last year. The offense left points on the board, just like they did all season last year. Special teams continues to SUCK just like they did all season last year. This does not bode well.

  • T

    Howard Mudd hates Michael Vick.

  • JofreyRice

    Demetress Bell is horrible. Like, one of the worst tackles in the league bad. He should not be starting. Dunlap should be in there.

    • Bedetermine

      Agreed. He is terrible. But what does that say about Andy Reid and crew being that this is the guy they signed in the offseason and brought in to replace Peters. WTF? Just terrible personnel decisions all around.

      • Kimbafuzz

        That was a Howard Mudd special, remember? He even got Demetress to change his name from Demetrius.

      • scrapple sports

        I don’t think Andy ever said, this guy is a stud like he did with Jason Peters. I can’t blame the personnel decision, they got the best guy available. There just aren’t left tackles out there waiting to be acquired.

  • http://twitter.com/ScottJ610 Scott J

    It’s time to start thinking about making a Head Coaching list. By week 10 we can start writing it. Week 14 we can start circling our favorites. After week 17 we can bring in some candidates for interviews.

  • azcat

    nick foles time!!!!!!!

    • Pomo

      You’re as dumb as the next guy

  • Chali

    I put this all on Marty and Andy.. The play-calling is absolutely frustrating to watch.. Common Sense is not their strong points at all.. We’ve seen what a balanced gameplan can do… Balanced playcalling –> Better blocking –> Better Vick/Minimize turnovers. Marty is so dangerously caught up in this fantasy land he’s living in and he is driving this team deep into the ground.

  • SPORTS

    I’ve read all the comments, Mudd may dislike Vick, play calling may be bad, but u have to protect the quarterback . Jaws said it himself during the game; Eagles need to throw shorter passes, Dawkins: give the ball to shady = a more balanced game attack, simple as that. Those who said & won’t QB Nick Foles, please (3rd, 1st year rookie). U see preseason & get happy like a kid in a candy store. In preseason players are not rushing the QB their trying too not get hurt so they’ll have a JOB & get paid. While Andy Reid isn’t stupid he knows quarterbacks & who’s the better one, especially with his job one the line; period.

  • Israel

    It’s the offensive line! They just can’t protect Vick long enough for him to make a play, instead he has to worry about getting hit! The Offensive Line just suck’s, PLAIN AND SIMPLE!