Vick: ‘We Still Have A Fighting Chance’

Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick.A lot of the questions tossed at Michael Vick Friday were about the team’s level of desperation.

With the season, the coaching era and jobs on the line, do the players understand the situation?

“We all understand the situation — hopefully everybody understands the situation. I know I do,” said Vick. “It’s not a situation we planned on being in. But you’ve seen a lot of teams with their backs against the wall and they come out doing everything they need to do in order to succeed. We’ve got to take on that mindset; we’ll find out on Sunday.”

Where that mindset has been for the last several weeks remains a mystery. With 53 separate parts, it’s not easy to answer why it isn’t clicking collectively. But it hasn’t clicked. No method or meeting has inspired the proper sense of urgency.

Naturally, some will feel it more than others. Veterans north of 30 will grasp the big picture and importance of the moment more than the younger players. Those with deeper ties to the franchise will feel the pangs of anxiousness more than the newcomers.

“That’s the question: do the other guys — the young guys — understand what’s at stake?” said Vick. “Not just as far as our careers go, just as far as this organization and winning. That’s what it’s all about. I’m not thinking about next year, I’m not thinking about what’s going to happen. I’m thinking about this very game because that’s what’s more important. We have to live in the now.”

The 3-5 Eagles need to beat the 3-5 Cowboys on Sunday to carry the last grains of hope forward. The fan base bailing is one thing, but it’s another mess altogether if the team feels that all is lost. Stuck in a four-game free-fall, the Eagles are looking for anything that can reverse the momentum.

“It’s on us to get it all turned around, man. We just have to keep pushing,” said Vick. “The thing is, we still have a fighting chance, we still control our own destiny, so we all have to be held accountable.”

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  • saunhi

    Maybe Jason Peters can return early and play in a cast.

  • Either Ware is gonna eat Mike’s lunch. Or the remember this is Dallas and everyone and I mean EVERYONE gets right and takes it to their ass.

    • PhEaglesPhan

      Damn! Please proof read your shit before you post! That comment makes zero sense!

  • UncleCarm

    The “situation” came and went two weeks ago after the bye. Castillo had been fired, Vick was on the bubble, and every player knew the coaches job, and maybe theirs, was on the line. If that’s not enough to get a team going, then nothing is. I don’t see any big milestones this week that are bigger than two weeks ago. My heart still has hope, but my brain says…ehh, no way.

  • PhillyinBrasil

    I posted this earlier but i think it fits here. If Andy can work another of his Nov/Dec turnarounds we might have a chance. What is Ironic is the Cowboys and the Panthers are actually worse then the Eagles and after RG3,the Redskins are not that good either. If you look at the schedule,guess who the next four games are. The Eagles could very easily be 7 -5 by Dec 2, with the Bucs, Bengals and Redskins again before finishing the season against the Gmen. This Foles talk right now is Ludicrous. With this line opposing lines would try to murder him, possibly damaging his confidence for the rest of his career.Weren’t the Eagles undefeated in the Preseason which should only go to show you that preseason means diddly . One thing Vick does have is heart, he is getting destroyed back there. I now they have let us down the last month but as long as I remember the Giants won the Superbowl last year at 9-7 beating Green Bay and New England I am not ready to give up or experiment and Andy shouldn’t either. anything is possible in the NFL. Honestly, I don’t think Andy, Marty , or Todd can coach any worse, and our O line cant play any worse. Vick, Shady and the receivers must now know that either day do it own their own or it ain’t getting done. Maybe this next month of rival games will inspire someone to do something right. All I am saying is it ain’t over til the fat man sings and it too soon to sing the ” Replace Michael Vick song”. I really think the unfortunate loss of Jim Johnson was the biggest, non replaceable loss for the Eagles since Trotter’s knees went bad.

    • Docboy

      I agree that Fole should wait cuz the line is a disaster, but it’s not a coincidence that Fole plays a huge part of the preseason and they went undefeated…I believe two of those preseason games we were actually losing and he led us from behind…

  • anthony rizzo

    I am so sick and tired of hearing these players talk the talk but not walk the walk. I really dont care what any of them have to say anymore and after the past year and a half of watching them I really dont care what they do either. This is two seasons rhat they have wasted.

  • jamesbondage

    The thing that has plagued the offense is predictability. In the past, Eagles got away with it most of the times b/c of its talent. MM preaches staying aggressive with playcalling and taking shots down field going for the jugular. However, when you have a patched up line, you stay with what works, establish momentum (score points whatever way you can) then open up the offense. When you have a fishnet as your oline, you stay away from deep passes. I’m sure the defense is playing closer to the line just daring you to throw deep, but you have to accept that your line is subpar at pass protection at this point.

    Last week is a classic example of MM/Reid abandoning what was working (100 rushing yds in the first quarter) and resort to the pass-happy mentality that we’ve seen far too often during Reid’s tenure. I understand Reid’s pass heavy philosophy, but being a good coach has to be able to adapt even if it means putting your philosophy in the back burner in order to get a win.

    I respect Reid as a coach and am thankful for all he has done for the organization but if he doesn’t adapt and change his approach. He’ll be remembered as another Marty Schottenheimer…