Vick: ‘Sometimes You Need To Be Pushed’

Michael VickMichael Vick regrets his comments from the end of minicamp. Says he never should have expressed his frustrations with the quarterback competition. And now that he’s been through the experience, he understands why Chip Kelly took the approach that he did.

“I should have never came out and said that. I just was having a moment,” said Vick. “But I appreciate having to put in the hard work, having all summer to think about what type of mindset I had to come back with. Preparing throughout the summer as if I was fighting for a job. And I was.”

That notion may not have fully dawned on Vick when he restructured his deal to stay in Philadelphia.  Kelly stated from the jump that the job was open, but it didn’t appear to really set in for the veteran until this spring. Following the last practice of minicamp Vick admitted that it was tough splitting the first-team reps, and hoped Kelly would name a starter prior to the opening of training camp.

Instead, Kelly made him earn it.

“It’s gratifying to know that I had to come back and work for everything and it wasn’t given to me. I’m proud that I got the best out of myself when I needed it, and it’s going to be needed and required a lot more. If I can take that same approach, then hopefully good things will happen for this team.

“You’re at your best when your best is required and sometimes it’s hard to get it out of yourself. Sometimes you need to be motivated, you need to be pushed,” Vick  continued. “And there were times when I questioned the situation but I just felt like there was a greater purpose, and that purpose was to get the most out of me and I found a way to do that. That’s why I stand before you humble because I was able to find something within my game and within my character and my personality that I haven’t felt in a  long time and that means a lot, and I thank Coach Kelly for that.”

Vick seems to be at his best when he is fighting out of a corner. The last time he had to do it — in 2010 — he finished as a candidate for league MVP.

Now that the QB competition is over, the question becomes: can he keep his edge?

“This is just Day 1. I still have to prove myself each and every day,” said Vick. “I’m still going to compete with the quarterbacks each and every day, and we’re going to approach this as if it’s our last play every play. That’s what we talked about and that’s what it’s going to be.

“It would be a shame if I let up right now. It would be selfish to myself and to my teammates. If anything, I’m going to continue to work harder. I’m going to go out here, do about five-six hundred sit-ups, five or six hundred push-ups, and I’m going to jump up on that treadmill and I’m going to run until I can’t run no more.”

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  • PaoliBulldog

    Preseason games are meaningless, blah blah blah, but Vick’s “body language” in the pocket against New England and Carolina did remind me of 2010 — and of RGIII’s debut against the Saints. Calm, patient, quick but not hurried. Accuracy has always been one of Vick’s main weaknesses, but he was precise and accurate on most of his throws, too.

    • T Jones

      I don’t where you got this from, but accuracy has NEVER been Vick’s problem. Decision making was. He’s had a habit of forcing ill advised throws when pressured. But accuracy issues? Youre crazy lol

      • Jernst

        Literally took the words right out of my mouth. When he gets a clean pocket Vick is one of the most accurate QBs I’ve seen. He truly throws a gorgeous ball that’s typically right on the money. His problem has always been decision making and trying to force a big play out of a broken play. When pressured, Vick will run around in circles swinging the ball around wildly and will do a 360 pirouette while being hit and throwing across his body in to coverage on 2nd and 4 just to try and make the spectacular happen. That’s a huge problem. But, don’t confuse that with inaccuracy. Too often people see a sub 60% completion percentage and assume its a problem with accuracy…it’s a decision making problem.

        • Jernst

          If Kelly can get Vick to buy into giving up on a play, I think the majority of his turnover problems would go away. It just remains to be seen if anyone can get Vick to stop trying to turn a broken play into an ESPN highlight every time.

        • #7

          There it is

        • Richard Colton

          well yeah. not to mention, he can throw an accurate ball on a frozen rope 60 yards down field. But that’s been true for 13 years. He is who he is.

        • GoBirds1

          True. Any a stage NFL QB. AB THROW an accurate Pass I. A clean pocket. BuT that is not reality in the NFL. QUICK READS AND CORRECT DECISIONS LEAD TO A HIGH %. Holding on to the ball to long and not having the ability to throw the ball in anticipation to a spot leads to INTS, TOs incompletions. Sound like Vick in the regular season. Check his career stats.

  • ike kelley

    If Vick is going to talk, he should go all “Bull Durham” and use cliches.

    First the guy admits that when he begged Kelly to let him come back, he really didn’t love football. So he just wanted the money.

    Then he says he really needed to be pushed to be good.

    Is this man a professional? Or just someone punching a clock to collect a big paycheck? How long til he reverts to form and doesn’t love football again?

    JEFF LAURIE: Keep this guy away from microphones

    • Jernst

      Overreact much? Not a thing wrong with what Vick said…literally nothing

      • Phils Goodman

        It’s a Hater’s Ball on 24/7 today.

        • Jernst

          Right? God, I get not being happy with Vick’s play the last two years, but you’d think that he personally injured some of these people and their entire families. Especially when those teams were so dysfunctional from top to bottom.

          We came into this year fairly certain that the QB of the future wasn’t even on the roster yet, we had a fair competition and the best possible scenario occurred. Both QBs played well and showed they could be, at the very least, adequate starters in this system. And, the player that truly played better, by EVERYONE’S estimation, got the job.

          By reading some of these posts you’d think that was a bad thing…

        • #7

          1000% hate

    • #7

      Begged lol.

  • EaglePete

    I guess you wish he had needed to be “motivated…pushed” in the way that Rodgers and Brady did but then it just stayed that way. Didnt need a reason to come back if you will. Maybe being the #1 pick and being coddled too much coming up the ranks caused this. Either way, I dont take anything from stuff like this, its a bit of a reach to guess peoples motivations, Albert Haynesworth being the exception.

    Anyone see RG3 beating that record in camp for situps, pushups, pullups etc. Dude is a beast. I worry about our D stopping him more than Vick being productive thats for sure.

    • Myke Lowery

      I saw the rg3 video…I also remember how poorly Vick looked missing all of the preseason last year and his game one against real speed.

      • EaglePete

        great point, nothing like game speed and game shape. I just meant in terms of his athleticism, you have to admire talent like his and add in the guys education and its off the charts.

  • #7

    Time for the word disectors to come out. No matter.

    The best man won.

  • EaglePete

    Oh man I love these articles, cant wait for the Eagles one. Since we could all use some humor today:

    “Your coach: Andy Reid. And if Andy Reid chooses a black jacket for winter home games, I will feel beyond cheated. I want that man rocking a bright red puffy coat and looking like a tomato blimp on the sidelines.

    Anyway, Andy Reid is an experienced coach with an excellent reputation for building an organization from the ground up and a terrible reputation for freezing up at the exact wrong moment of an important game. It’s a good thing Kansas City has never had a coach like that! I hope you fans enjoy watching Jamaal Charles (already hurt, by the way) inexplicably get fewer than 14 carries a game. Todd Haley certainly approves of that strategy….

    But you won’t completely suck, and that’s about all the Chiefs can ask for at this point. If they win 11 games, get bounced after one round due to a horrendous clock management error and no one dies, they’ll have basically had their finest season of the new century.

    The problem is that the Chiefs are now locked in for at least three more years of this kind of bland, ultimately pointless competence. Go ask Eagles fans how much they enjoyed “winning” with Andy Reid in charge. By the end of Reid’s tenure in Philly, Eagles fans were BEGGING to go 0-16, to fall into a state of unfathomable misery just to be rid of Reid forever. That’s the kind of madness that awaits you, Chiefs fans. It seems like a rosier situation now. Soon, it will torture you like a constant drip of water to the forehead. The second you see Anthony Sherman get the ball on 4th-and-1 at the goal line, with Charles sitting on the sideline, you’ll know what you’re in for.”

  • Birds24/7

    It’s hard not to love this guys heart

  • jmkrav

    One big question on my mind after reading Vicks comments about doing push-ups and sit-ups….

    Will he be doing those in his driveway, in front of a TV camera?

  • Max Lightfoot

    Lucky for Michael Vick that he didn’t have Mike Shanahan for a head coach. Can you imagine Shanahan’s response to Vick’s “expressing his frustrations?” Didn’t seem to work so well for Donovan McNabb. Chip Kelly is handling this well, but IMO he’s tucked his discussion with Vick away in his long-term memory bank..

  • greenblood20

    Being out on the street jobless wasn’t enough motivation for him?