May 22, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) is interviewed after practice during organized team activities at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Michael Vick has acknowledged all offseason and really for the better part of the last two years that staying healthy is a major priority. He's made it clear time and time again that he understands how important it is. So it should come as no surprise that he bristled at the same questions about his style of play and ability to say healthy being directed his way yesterday.
"The only thing you can do is wait and see if I'm going to play a more disciplined game," Vick said. "There's not too much more to say, to talk about. The goal is to try to protect myself.
"I put my faith in God to keep me on the field with my team and the guys, and that's about it. There's no need to keep digging and talking about it and saying change your style, are you holding the ball too long? I'm over that. That's not the reason. I think people sometimes make assumptions not really knowing exactly what needs to be done."
It's not that the way Vick plays can't lead to him getting injured. Certainly if we look back to 2010 when he got hurt against the Redskins, it was when he was running. However, as we've pointed out before, that wasn't how he got hurt last year. He hurt his hand on a follow through of a throw from the pocket. His ribs were broken on a throw from the pocket where the defender got a free release and he did not hold onto the ball.
So while getting rid of the ball quickly is always a good thing, it's not correct to retroactively blame his style of play for his injuries last season. Vick says that he accepts responsibility and he understands the importance of staying healthy, but he's just had enough of the questions that blame his injuries in 2011 on his style of play.
"I accept the responsibility for everything," said Vick. "I feel like my sole responsibility is this team. We're going to go as I go. If I'm not on the field, then I'm not helping this team in any shape, form or fashion.
"The turnovers, that's my responsibility. That's my responsibility to orchestrate the offense and make sure the team is well put together and suited and ready to play on Sundays. I understand the responsibility and the role that comes along with being a quarterback, and I accept it. Sometimes I just don't accept people saying things and really not knowing what they're talking about."
It's certainly from last year when everyone was simply telling the Eagles how great they were. I think it's a positive for these guys to face some criticism and get a little angry about it. Vick is sick of the questions about his style of play, Brandon Graham is pissed about being called a bust... Obviously you don't want to see the attitude go overboard, but a team with a chip on its shoulder is a good thing.