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Michael Vick received some encouraging words from ex-Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. (Credit: AP Photo)
With Michael Vick facing a lot of uncertainty regarding his job status as Philadelphia’s starting quarterback, another former Eagles quarterback chimed in with some words of encouragement. The message: focus on your game, not the media, according to Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith.
Donovan McNabb, who was the quarterback of the Eagles from 1999 to 2009, knows a thing or two about the city of Philadelphia and how hard it is to please the fans an the media. McNabb’s advice for Vick centered around the message that he needs to stay focused on improving his play if he wants any chance of holding off rookie Nick Foles.
“I think you get in a situation where once you start hearing the boos and hearing the radio stations talk, and people on the outside begin to bring your name up of being benched, then you begin to lose focus, and now your play begins to fall and you begin to focus on other things,” McNabb said. “I think for Michael Vick, I think it’s important for him to feed off of what he did last week: not turning the ball over, protect the football, give his guys an opportunity to make plays for him and good things can happen.”
While Vick didn’t have a great game this past week against Atlanta, he did manage to avoid turnovers in going 21-of-35 for 191 yards and a touchdown. But all eyes are turned to Vick on a week-to-week basis to see if he can elevate his team’s play and keep his job. It’s natural for the quarterback to take the brunt of the team’s criticism. Donovan McNabb knows that all too well. But the defense in Philadelphia still has many issues to work out with new coordinator Todd Bowles. If they can start making some stops it will put a lot less pressure on Vick.
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