Originally posted on nfl.com  |  Last updated 7/23/13

I’m proud of Mike for throwing up the weights during the off season. He’s certainly proud of himself too. "Four pounds, four pounds of pure muscle," he said, "So, it's a credit to myself."




Now it’s good for Mike to be in shape there’s no doubt about that, but for a guy who’s already faster than our starting running back it doesn’t seem as if physical improvement should have been his focal point this offseason. Instead of hitting the gym hard Mike should have hit the books hard. Even prior to this season I don’t think Mike Vick’s physical toughness was ever in question it was his durability, decision-making skills, ball security, and accuracy that were. The funny thing is all of his real issues could be improved by simply studying more. Chip Kelly’s offense will require the quarterback to be able to make pre-snap reads which means Mike needs to understand what defenses will try to do to him prior to the snap he is going to need to be able to make quick decisions with the football as well as do a better job of protecting the ball. Mike could have spent those extra hours absorbing the playbook instead of building a beach body. If Mike is still holding onto the ball too long, still having difficulty reading defenses, still having difficulties with learning the offense he’s still going to find himself being hit by 300 pound men who run as fast as cars move. 4 pounds of muscle aren’t going to make those hits feel that much lighter. He’s tried helmets, flak jackets, building muscle before, and now again. Perhaps he should have just tried to learn his playbook and study some defenses. That way he wouldn’t have worry about gaining weight in order to take hits. The ball would already be gone. One last thing Mike should have considered doing was walking across the street and visited the Phillies players and coaches. Maybe they could have taught him how to slide. I commend Mike for putting in some hard work this offseason, but he would have “done a better job.” Had he focused on more headwork.


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