CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 09: Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws to a receiver throws to a receiver as he is pressured by defensive back T.J. Ward #43. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
As any Michael Vick fantasy owner will attest, the Eagles QB had an interesting week 1. Obviously, there was a lot of bad in that he turned the ball over 4 times and he was a big part of yesterday's struggles. However, there was some good too as he threw for 317 yards & 2 TDs while also engineering a game winning 91 yard drive.
And make no mistake about it, that last drive was Vick. LeSean McCoy only ran the ball twice. Still, Vick's performance overall left us with a lot of questions.
Andy Reid first addressed the turnovers in general.
"Offensively, turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. You just can't have those and I would say that we didn't play as disciplined offensively as we needed to all the way around. I know [QB] Michael [Vick] took the blame yesterday [but] it's not a one man show. That's not what it is. Everybody had a piece of this pie starting with me and the coaches."
He was asked whether he thought Vick was having trouble recognizing the defensive sets?
"Like I said it's a combination of things. It starts with the plays that are dialed up. It starts with protection and then it comes back to decision making. All three of those things fit into what took place and you've got to add the route running in there too. If they're going to come up and bang you around then you've got to work like crazy to get yourself open and do the right thing. Everybody had a piece of that. It's always going to fall on the quarterback's shoulders and we have one that takes that responsibility and he takes it to heart. But in reality when you put on the tape everybody's got to do their job. You play an aggressive defense that's good against the pass, particularly last year, then you have to come and you've got to be ready to roll every snap and you've got to be aggressive every snap. We have to do a better job with that."
The question of whether Vick may have been overthinking things also came up.
"I don't think it's over-thinking. There were so many good things that he did in the mix there. I mean, he accumulated a ton of yards and so there were some good things. There were just some things; like I said, there were breakdowns, whether it was him, whether it was the o-line, whether it was receivers, running backs not checking through quick enough and getting to their spots, the calls. We've all got to look at that and make sure that we get that right."
Vick also took a good number of hits yesterday and Andy addressed where the blame for that might go?
"I'll tell you, there were some breakdowns in protection and everybody had a little bit of that, whether it was the tight ends in there, o-line, running backs held a piece of that. There were a few where he could have gotten it to a secondary receiver quicker. So, everybody had a little bit of that. We've got to tighten that up. You can't go through and have the quarterback get hit that much."