One of the main keys for the Eagles to be successful in 2012, is that Michael Vick must stay healthy. Now, that the Eagles have had an outstanding 2012 draft, adding large pieces like Mychal Kendricks from the Cal Bears, Fletcher Cox from Mississippi State, and made one of the biggest draft steals in the 2012 draft in taking defensive end Vinny Curry out of the University of Marshall. They also added Brandon Boykin from the university of Georgia, that can play both kick returner and the slot corner back role. Whether he takes CB Joseilo Hanson job, remains to be seen. Lets not forget about running back, Chris Polk from Washington, who is already being compared, and talked about as being the next Marshal Faulk because of his ability to catch the ball, and his ability to make people miss in the backfield.
Now with all those pieces in place most fans can say that this 2012 campaign is riding on Michael Vick’s shoulders. Vick, who has been injured every season thus far in his career with the exception of the 2006 season, was far from perfect last year just completing little over 50.0% of his passes. He wasn’t able to stay on the field, and was injured for a total of three games (Patriots, Seahawks, and the defending champions New York Giants)
Michael Vick must learn how to slide. He has been banged up too many times since being part of the team, and has cost the team dearly since he’s been out. Vick also must learn how to avoid big hits and know when to go to the ground more often, and run out of bounds, because if he keeps on playing with this so-called reckless abandon, then the Eagles might as well start splitting reps with 3rd string quarterback Mike Kafka or 5th year man out of Stanford University in Trent Edwards.
Sliding is a main important factor that one must capitalize on when deciding to take off with the football. That’s how quarterbacks stay healthy in the NFL by sliding. One must either tell Vick to stay healthy on the field, or either get head coach a Andy Reid to teach him. After all, those are what coaches do, they teach / coach the game of football.
I Know Vick is a scrambling QB, but the man must find a way to stay healthy and stay on the field. Remember back in 2010 when the Eagles made the comeback vs the New York Giants. When Vick decided to take off and run, he fell to the ground and it was his version of a slide. He needs to start doing that more, or either find another version of a slide. This team is way more effective when he’s on the field, and for him to even miss a play, that puts the team in major whole that is extremely hard to climb out of.
We all love Michael Vick, and supports him to the fullest, but the man needs to learn how to slide, or he’s not going to make it far in the NFL or even be able win a super bowl. The man is way to smart, and way to dangerous of an asset on the field, to keep missing games like this.