Mike Vick Manned Up Big Time.

Posted August 01, 2013

Right now not only is he separating himself in the QB competition, he did something very impressive in my view. He stud up went against his family, angry teammates, and backed Riley Cooper. Mike Vick stood up and was a leader. Now it’s true Mike is coming from the perspective of one who has made terrible and disgusting decisions in his life and he also did the typical “I’m sorry cause I got caught” athlete apology, but nevertheless Mike stood up and backed his guy. With Mike doing so he actually bridged the gap, and allowed for healing to begin in the Eagles locker room. He became that bridge and initiated that healing. I have to admit Mike is doing everything in every way to win this competition. He did something that none of the other quarterbacks could do in this situation. He stood up and led. I don’t know where it’s been, but these are the types of things (both on and off the field) that made people start believing in Mike again. I’m still skeptical of Mike’s ability to do the necessary things on the field (cut down the turnovers, slide more, protect himself, stay off the injury list, and so on), but his actions have really shown me what type of leader he can be. I hope Mike keeps this stuff up.

  • He is the leader but for some reason McCoy keeps undermining him. MCcoy is sort of a b*tch & a punk.
  • I don't see how McCoy is undermining him. Other players have every right to feel the way the do about this incident. Several players have spoken up and some by anonymity about how they aren't happy he's still on the team. I will state that McCoy has is own issues, and should be in that tolerance class right along with Goof Troop Cooper, be cause he's obviously has some anger issues towards woman.
  • There is a leadership void in Philly and this is where it shows. To me, McCoy is undermining Vick so he can be the offensive leader. Thats why hes running his fat trap. He seems to want someone other than Vick. Maybe its self serving. but I dont want my RB as as my leader. I think Vick has many personal flaws. In his past he had terrible judgement but he does try to lead by example by taking risks with his body. Thats the kind of guy you want in the trenches. When the going got tough McCoy bailed out. It seems like Foles is silent and isnt repsected enough to speak for the whole team. That leaves Vick. I mean think about EZ doesnt this add more pressure to put Vick out there?
  • Sorry I didn't mean to flag this. There are many running backs who have been the leader of their teams, Payton, Peterson, Jim Brown, and Emmitt Smith to name a few. As far as pressure for Vick all he needs to be worrying about is winning his job.the bottom line is none of this would have been an issue if Lurie had the guy cut. All players aren't going to tote the line when it comes to what Vick says. Just look at their record the past few seasons. He's led them nowhere.
  • I agree with you that somehow even the physical abuse hes allowed himself hasnt really translated into the teamates playing harder. You are right about that but in Balto if Flacco was taking those shots eventually someone would come to his aid. they always do. I think the Eagles were so throughly turned inside out by Reid and the front office that fixing the underlying issues is gonna take a very cerebral coach. maybe chip but he hasnt really given fans a taste of what he is about. Maybe preseason games will be a better indicator.
  • I know you don't want to hear it, but much of Vick's problems are his own fault.
    The injuries have made it so that his team can't count on him.
    He tends to hold the ball to long and takes more hits than he should.
    The turnovers are frustrating drive killers.
    His play hasn't progressed. In fact he's greatly regressed.
    No one can blindly follow a person they aren't sure is even going to be here by the start of the season. If Vick wants his spot cemented all he has to do is work his tail off and win the job.
    He's also going to need to stay healthy in order to keep the job.
  • I agree he regressed butthe whole organziation has been heading in the wrong direction ever since they uttered the words gold standard. This has to be a humbling experience for Lurie watching as his team lost direction and control.
  • If Vick turns his fame around or if one of these young kids step up the Eagles will be closer o righting the ship.
  • I like that he stepped up as a leader in this case but have to be honest...not thrilled to hear that he may be pulling ahead in the QB competition. What did Jeff Lurie call those last 4 wins of the 2011 season..."Fool's gold"? That's all it will be if Vick wins this. A few more possible wins this year, a worse draft pick and possibly another go nowhere season next year with Vick leading the team if he takes them to a so-so season this year and makes enough plays while doing it. If that happens it could be another case of Vick killing another coach's career but I will put that into the right context...all those coaches are at fault...they allowed it to happen.

    On a similar note...I am totally confused by this video of Sal Paolantonio. I'm pretty certain he claimed that Vick would be the starter most of the off season. This video seems to contradict that and what I have been hearing about Vick and Foles the past few days. Maybe the video was filmed days ago but it was posted yesterday. Maybe he is looking at the whole off season instead of just the past couple days.

  • I don't think we can fully say anyone is truly moving ahead until we see them start getting hit. We are going to find out a lot more come Friday.
  • Well one of us on this site still swears that Vick had the job locked up from the day he was re-signed. If Foles claimed this job going away there is no way Kelly could have given the job to Vick after claiming an open competition. Has it happened?...doesn't sound like it but if Kelly knew Vick was to be his starter everybody would have respected him more by just handing the job to him...not by claiming there was a competition when there truly wasn't one. This is a competition but unfortunately no one has pulled away yet by the sounds of it.

    On a good note for Foles (and shows how little you can believe everything you hear) I read that the day after Vick had his big day Foles went out and had one of his own hitting on most his passes including two deep touchdown passes (one to Damaris Johnson and one to...Riley Cooper). His only hiccup was a botched snap that he likely would have recovered in live action. This was all in shorts again and under the bubble in the rain (and days ago obviously) so Foles still needs to step up his game when the pads are on but he showed us he could do it as a rookie so I'm hoping it will only be a matter of time. I was surprised to see this because everything I heard was trending towards Vick pulling away. 4 pre season games and 4 weeks of practices left...we'll see what happens.
  • For me I'm still taking Kelly at his word. We don't know what he's looking for (other than what he tells us) and we know he hasn't made his choice yet. If he did it would already be done. I think we have to see these guys in some games. I wouldn't be surprised to see Mike start game one of the preseason followed by Foles in game two.

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