Eagles’ Vick Winless Against Bears, But Ready For All Comers
Michael Vick's confidence is growing after dealing with the aggressive blitzes of Rob Ryan's Cowboys defense.
NOVACARE COMPLEX, PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is 0-4 as a starter against the Chicago Bears, including last year’s 31-26 loss that saw the resurgent signal caller throw his first interception of this season. Now, after dissecting the Cowboys’ defense to the tune of 279 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions on 21-of-28 passing, Vick believes there’s nothing he hasn’t seen.
Vick dealt with a slew of exotic blitzes by Rob Ryan’s defense, and made the right audibles or adjustments at the right times. It’s unlikely Vick will run into any defense more aggressive or unorthodox than Ryan’s.
“I think after what I seen last week with everything that they did, it makes me very optimistic that I can go out and execute against any defense,” Vick said. “Obviously, everything’s going to be different, but I think I got the ground rules and know what it takes to make sure that I can get us in the right protection calls and make the plays downfield when necessary.”
This week, Vick is likely to see a defense that is more focused on fundamentals, execution and a strong talent pool than on confusion and chaos.
“I mean, they play a nice, tight, sound, disciplined scheme and it’s something that they’ve always been good at,” Vick said. ”It’s a bend but don’t break mentality, and they find ways to get it done and in the past that’s happened.”
This time, Vick believes he’s developed the discipline to take the openings that are given and not force balls downfield into tight coverage.
“I’m definitely confident this time I’ll give ourselves the best chance to win the football game,” Vick said. “You know it’s going to be tough, but we got to put forth our best effort.”
McCoy Misses Practice
At least today, Vick had to put in the practice effort without his best offensive weapon – LeSean McCoy. The star running back was out today with what head coach Andy Reid called the “stomach flu.”
That left Ronnie Brown and Dion Lewis to handle the practice reps, which Reid said they would split 50-50. Reid also said he didn’t think there was any concern that McCoy would miss another day of practice.
Vick gave high praise to McCoy, who is coming off of a career high 185-yard rushing performance with two touchdowns against the Cowboys. McCoy leads the league with 107.7 rushing yards per game.
“[LeSean's] just an outstanding talent; a guy who can do it all on the field, and you can refer to him as an ultimate weapon because that’s what he is,” Vick said. “I think he has a chance to be one of the best at his position, ever.”
In addition to McCoy, tight end Brent Celek (hip) and linebacker Akeem Jordan (concussion) missed practice. Reid said Celek had a hip contusion and went through the walkthrough. Jordan has not yet passed his ImPACT test to be cleared for a return to practice.
Safety Nate Allen (knee), tackle King Dunlap (back), tackle Winston Justice (knee), defensive end Juqua Parker (ankle) and running back Owen Schmitt (groin) were full participants in practice.
Several Eagles were in attendance at the Jay-Z and Kanye West “Watch the Throne” concert at the Wells Fargo Center last night. Darryl Tapp gave it rave reviews, while Asante Samuel said it was the best concert of his life, although he’s only been to two. Several of the Birds had a suite they were sharing at the show. McCoy was among those Eagles who Tweeted about attending the concert, but Reid said his absence today was completely unrelated.
The Eagles will be featured tonight on NFL Turning Point on Versus at 10 p.m, with the focus being on their game against the Cowboys and the “topsy-turvy” NFC East. The show will also re-air on Saturday at 5 p.m. on NBC.
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