Hey, Michael Vick…Shut up & Play Ball

Cortland Lee

“Those people who are talking and saying that are just ignorant, and they know nothing about football. Unless they turn on the film and watch my game and see what goes on, then they’ll replace those comments with the right comments.”This was Michael Vick’s response on a Philadelphia radio station on last Saturday. His response was sparked from comments he has been receiving from critics regarding his poor play.

Vick and the Eagles have been victims of harsh criticism in the last few years and with good reason. After several winning seasons of football under, then head coach Andy Reid, the Eagles have had back to back losing seasons. In 2010, Vick took over as starting QB and led the team to an NFC East Division Championship and playoff berth. His exceptional play, after just being released from prison less than two years prior, won him 2010 NFL Comeback Player of the Year. A successful season combined with several free agent acquisitions in the summer of 2011, led to the self-declared “Dream Team” nickname that set very high expectations for the team.  The “Dream Team” turned out to be a nightmare after finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs entirely.  The next season was even worse; losing eight straight games and missing the playoffs for a second straight year finishing 4-12.

Vick’s performance during this two-year period hasn’t been exactly stellar either. He only appeared in 23 games due to multiple injuries; went 10-13; threw for 5665 yards; 30 TDs and 45 turnovers. Now, all 45 turnovers were not Vick’s fault, but many were due to poor throws and a lack of ball security.

It starts at the top.

As starting quarterback and leader, you are accountable for the success of the team. It’s time for Vick and the Eagles to put up or shut up. Mike, if you are tired of the critics’ comments, play better! It doesn’t take a football genius to notice that you are playing bad football. We all witnessed your elite level of play in 2010 and your performance the last two years was very far from it. Man up and take responsibility for your poor play and instead of lashing out at critics in the media, show them with your play on the field.




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