The Philadelphia Eagles are 3-2 and tied for the top spot in the NFC East with the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, but all isn’t well in the City of Brotherly Love. Quarterback Michael Vick is the main reason the team has 14 giveaways, most in the NFC. He’s thrown six interceptions and fumbled eight times (five lost).
If Philadelphia is going to make it back to the playoffs, after missing out last year, it goes without saying Vick must cut down on the turnovers. This week the veteran tried something that he, the team, and fans will hope corrects the fumbling portion of the turnover problem.
In an effort to work on his ball security, Michael Vick carried a football around the Eagles facility throughout the week while teammates tried stripping it from him. He took it to breakfast, lunch, meetings throughout the day.
“Everyone thought it was funny, but I didn’t,” Vick said. “That’s how much I care about this team. That’s how much I care about our success.”
Vick watched football games throughout the week and paid attention to how others carried the ball. He also spoke to his running backs about it. His conclusion? “Everyone’s got it high and tight.”
The Eagles face the Detroit Lions tomorrow afternoon so we’ll see very shortly if Michael Vick puts his new carrying technique to use. Hopefully he does because this can’t continue.
Michael Vick now has 29 fumbles in 30 starts over the past three seasons. Had lost 7 of 21 coming into ’12 but has lost 5 of 8 this season.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 8, 2012