Michael Vick's two lost fumbles proved to be costly as the Philadelphia Eagles lost 14-16 against the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday. The loss was a tough one for Eagles nation. Vick was able to throw a touchdown pass with 6:33 left in the fourth quarter to put the Eagles up 14-13. The defense was not able to get the last stop they needed as Big Ben Roethlisberger led the fourth quarter drive to win the game on a 34 yard field goal as time expired. The Eagles fall to 3-2 with the loss and the Steelers rise to 2-2. The defense played their tails off with the exception of the last drive. The problem lies with the offense, scoring 14 points in an NFL game will not get it done.
All of the focus and blame is falling on Michael Vick. Vick has been atrocious with ball security losing five fumbles and throwing six interceptions thus far. After only five games, Vick has eleven turnovers. Why is it happening? Vick has been too loose when rushing with the ball and refusing to slide, those fumbles are on him. Vick fumbled the football inside the two yard line when trying to score on a rushing attempt. Is Vick not expecting to get hit when rushing near the goal line? He must carry the ball tighter and pay more attention to ball security. At this point its no longer an anomaly or a fluke situation, the fumbles are a huge problem. It seems like after every week Andy Reid and Michael Vick stand up in front of the press after the game and say they are aware of the problem and it will be corrected. Simply acknowledging the problem is not a solution.
Much of the pressure placed on Vick is due to the porous offensive line. The protection has been horrible and Vick is forced to run for his life far too often. The line has had its share of injury problems, but that excuse will not save the Eagles season, Coach Reid's job, or Michael Vick's job. The line needs to step up and gel as a unit. They may not be the most talented, but their play against the Steelers was awful. Superstar running back LeSean McCoy averaged 3.3 yards per carry yesterday. Will not get it done.
Coach Reid and the rest of the staff have their hands full, but they need to solve the offensive line problem. Whether it be moving the pocket, utilizing the screen/draw game better, or making some personnel changes; the line needs to improve. If the line can provide consistent protection for Michael Vick, the turnovers should decrease. The offense as a whole needs to do better. Although it is still too soon to consider trying backup quarterback Nick Foles, the fans are beginning to call for him.
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