Vick Hopes To Make the ‘Magic Happen Again’

Michael VickMichael Vick is 6-1 lifetime against the Redskins. He completed 62 percent of his throws in those seven games  (six percentage points above his career average) and posted 10 touchdowns to two interceptions, good for a 110.5 quarterback rating.

Is he just comfortable playing against Washington?

“You’re never comfortable playing any team in this league,” said Vick following Wednesday’s practice. “You could play a team that is 1-14 and you could lose that game easily. I guess I just had some good teams that I was surrounded by at the time and we did whatever it took to win. By no means is the Redskins an easy opponent to beat.”

Vick made it look easy back in November of 2010, when he went off en route to a 59-28 Eagles win. He was 20-of-28 for 333 yards with four touchdowns and scored two more times on the ground. It was arguably the best performance of his 10-year career.

“I really don’t think about that game,” said Vick, “because in this league it’s all about what you do the week prior. Anything besides that doesn’t even matter. I appreciate the things I was able to accomplish that night, always want to do it again, wish I could do it week in and week out. I’m appreciative of it but that was so long ago. I’ve got to make that type of magic happen again this year at some point.”

That game was on Monday night at FedEx Field, just like the one coming up on Sept. 9.

Vick did not play in either game against the Redskins last year. He hasn’t faced Washington since the regular-season finale two years ago — a 34-10 Eagles win. Plenty has changed for both teams since then. Vick’s squad has a new coach and new offensive system. The Redskins have a franchise quarterback in place in Robert Griffin III, who credited Vick earlier in the day for helping to pave the way for him. Vick had some kind words for the second-year signal-caller as well.

“I’m a fan of his just like he’s a fan of mine, and it’s great that you have guys that respect what you do,” said Vick. “I just like the way he plays. I like the desire that he brings to the game. I like his intensity, his heart, the way that he carries himself with his teammates. You can tell that everyone within the organization likes him. That’s the type of person, the type of character that you have to have to be a quarterback in this league.”

Can you learn anything from the way he runs the read option?

“Nah, I was running the read option before RGIII started running the read option,” said Vick. “I pretty much know how to do it. The thing I do respect is the way they do it and the way he did it last year and putting his team in position to excel and be successful week in and week out. It’s a dimension that’s been added and he has taken it to another level. A lot of respect to him for that.”

The two will square off for the first time on Monday night. There are a growing number of dual-threat QBs in the league, and Vick takes pride in knowing that he has contributed in some way to the evolution of the position.

“I knew there would be a time where you have teams with multi-dimensional quarterbacks. You look around and you see Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson and RGIII, that’s three premiere quarterbacks around the league who are the top guys for their football team,” he said. “It’s a good thing.”

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  • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

    I’ll take Vick and our offense over any other QB and offense in the NFC East. It’s funny that some of the dommsday Eagles fans say things like “Oh we will only win 4/5 maybe 6 games this year” and I”m all – you do realize with Vick as Qb we’ve always done pretty well against the East teams? So the idea that somehow we will ONLY win 4/5/6 games with that bit of knowledge just seems preposterous. More like 8-8 at the min.

    • nicksaenz1

      We’ve already gone 5-1 in the division and maxed out at 8-8, so I think saying 8-8 is the min is bold. And while I like our O, I’d take the O that gave us the 1 blemish in our division record that year which would go on to win it’s second SB in 5 years.

  • EaglePete

    and to bring a bit of humor to the days prior to opening week we have my favorite articles of all. So I share with you this gem Eagles fans, enjoy

    http://deadspin.com/why-your-team-sucks-2013-philadelphia-eagles-1250826152?utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_twitter&utm_source=deadspin_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

    • DunedinEagle

      Weird dude I was just about the share the same link above. Most of that is true BTW.

    • nicksaenz1

      An excerpt from my email made it. I was pleasantly surprised.

  • Mrkraxx

    He had 4 passing tds, not 3

    • Andy124

      The intern did it.

  • Media Mike

    I hope Chip Kelly is reading about how the NFL is adapting to retire read-option.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/04/harbaugh-raises-concerns-over-talk-of-hitting-kaepernick/
    Quarterback as running back = bit hit on QB every time.
    Please keep Vick (or any QB) out of this type of situation if you’re serious about trying to win titles in the NFL.

  • Media Mike
  • Mrkraxx

    Yep. Was on my fantasy team that night, can never forget haha!

  • Media Mike

    If Ronnie Brown had a single digit number on his back that play would have been correctly ruled an incomplete pass.

  • Media Mike

    No doubt there will be a target on RGKnee in the same manner there has always been one on Vick.

  • DunedinEagle

    You are such a homer…

  • William

    Totally agree with you that Reid screwed some things up and had many flaws but the reality is before Reid got here the Eagles Sucked big time. ” playoffs,you want to talk about playoffs” he took this team as far as it could go with him, a change was needed. But the big man is in KC now and the talking heads are talking about they might make the playoffs , while the Eagles are going to be last in the division and it would be a miracle if they make 8-8. Its like a marriage that started off great , then ends with drama….be happy the B is with the next dude. Good luck KC you gott’em now. Its time for us to move on with our new relationship and dont lok back

  • trinieagle

    So many fans now that Big Red is in KC try to degrade my favorite Eagle head coach. I agree with all you said. I am looking forward to our new guy proving himself , I hope Mike and DJax can regain their moxie as this unproven new guy takes the reins and lead us to a championship. I wish Big Red well, just not against us.

  • Maggie

    Me too. Surrey.