Earlier this week, I wrote that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick needed to have a bounce back against the Dolphins. He didn’t have the kind of game I’d hoped for, but he did walk away with the win.
One thing I didn’t take into consideration when talking about Vick having a good game was the play of the offensive line. They’ve really made strides this season, and it’s pretty remarkable considering they are starting two rookies. However, they had a horrible performance against the Dolphins this week and Vick had absolutely no time to do anything.
When it was all said and done, Vick went 15-30 for 208 yards with a touchdown and an interception. These weren’t the best numbers, but he did a pretty good job with what he was given.
One thing that immediately caught my eye was came on the first series. He scrambled a bit in the backfield and broke out on a run. Instead of sliding like he said he would start doing, he went head first into two defenders.
Although I would have preferred not to see that, it didn’t come as a big surprise. Whether or not you like Vick, it’s really hard to deny how hard he plays the game. He’s super competitive and he puts forth as much effort as anybody else on the field.
Seeing Vick get put on his back was a common theme though. He was sacked four times and hit a bunch more. Again, I put just about all of this on the line, but there were some times that Vick shouldn’t have held the ball as long as he did.
The Eagles did make a pretty good adjustment offensively around the end of the first quarter. With Vick seeing instant pressure on just about every play, the play calls were changed to short pass plays and a lot of screens.
I love seeing the Eagles stretch the field with Vick’s big arm, but that just was not a possibility in this game. Vick did not have enough time to make a throw deep down the field. This was a good adjustment though as it allowed the Eagles play-makers to get the ball in their hands quickly and make plays.
His best series probably came in the second quarter where he had a nice roll out play where he hit Jason Avant along the sideline. He then came back and ended that series with a beautiful throw to DeSean Jackson for a 34 yard touchdown.
The second half was a lot less exciting as the offense didn’t end up scoring any points. Vick threw an interception in the third quarter that he’d clearly like to have back. Other than that, he was pretty careful with the ball.
His most memorable plays in the second half were a scramble in the third quarter where he ended up hitting Riley Cooper for a 29 yard completion and a scramble in the fourth quarter where he only gained four yards but made a bunch of defenders miss in the process.
It wasn’t the best performance of Vick’s career but it was nice to see him get a win in his first game back. He got very little help from his line, but he did all he could with what he was given.
I hope to see a better performance out of the line next weekend so that Vick gets more of a chance to shine.