Vick: ‘You All Know What I Can Do’
Michael Vick practiced on the scout team last week before the Eagles’ matchup with the Redskins.
On gameday, he was inactive, as a rookie third-round pick (Nick Foles) started and a journeyman who was out of the league last year (Trent Edwards) backed him up.
In his last 22 games, Vick’s thrown 23 interceptions and fumbled 20 times.
But if you’re expecting that the 32-year-old quarterback has lost any of his confidence, well, you’d be wrong.
“I’m not looking at it like that,” Vick said, when asked if Sunday’s game is a chance to show other teams in the league that he’s still capable of being a starter. “I know I’ve got a lot of good football left in me, and I think we all standing right here know that. …I know what I can do. I think you all know what I can do. And I believe in myself. I’m only going to continue to get better. That’s in hard work and preparation and putting myself in tip-top condition in the offseason and training hard. That’s all you can ask for. Hopefully I can help somebody’s organization next year.”
Prior to suffering a concussion against the Cowboys on Nov. 11, Vick had completed 58.5 percent of his passes, averaged 6.85 yards per attempt and thrown 11 touchdowns to go along with nine interceptions. His 79.2 quarterback rating ranks 24th in the league.
Certainly not all of the Eagles’ problems rest squarely on Vick (offensive line, defense, special teams, etc.). But after a full offseason of working with Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg, he did not make the leap some had anticipated.
“It’s difficult,” Vick said, about being asked to serve as the No. 3 quarterback last week.”Especially after watching the game last week. You want to go out there, you want to play. You get that feeling back about what it’s like to be behind the center, to be in control. And as a quarterback, I love being in control. I just miss it so I’m going to have an opportunity to go out this week and play and I’m excited about it.”
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