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Philadelphia Eagles: Assigning Blame for Each of Michael Vick's Turnovers

Tim StoeckleContributor IIISeptember 2, 2016

Philadelphia Eagles: Assigning Blame for Each of Michael Vick's Turnovers

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    The Philadelphia Eagles have played three games.

    Michael Vick has turned the ball over nine times.

    For those of you who are like me and struggle with basic math, that is an average of three turnovers per game for the Eagles quarterback. To put that in perspective, only one team has as many turnovers as Vick, and that is the Kansas City Chiefs, who have turned the ball over nine times as well.

    With a turnover differential of negative-six, it's hard to believe that the Eagles are 2-1. But somehow, they've managed to pull off two wins despite having a quarterback who has given the ball away more times than the Packers, Redskins, Seahawks and Falcons combined.  

    One could make the argument that not all of Vick's turnovers can be put squarely on his shoulders. The offensive line has been sub-par at best, forcing Vick into bad decisions. However, there are other times where Vick has forced himself into making bad decisions, which cannot happen if this team hopes to make a serious run at the Super Bowl.

    Everybody loves playing the blame game, so here is who we should really blame for all nine of Michael Vick's turnovers. 

Week 1 vs. Cleveland: 1st Quarter Interception

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    Michael Vick's first turnover of the season came at the 4:32 mark in the first quarter against Cleveland.

    Vick was chased out of the pocket by the Browns pass rush and threw a pass off of his back foot intended for Brent Celek, but it was intercepted by linebacker Craig Robertson.

    This was perhaps the first sign that the offensive line could create problems for Vick this season. I'm going to be hard enough on Vick the rest of the way, so he won't get blamed for the first pick of the season.


    Blame: Offensive Line

Week 1 vs. Cleveland: 3rd Quarter Interception

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    LJ Fort picked off Michael Vick in the third quarter in Cleveland.

    The Eagles offensive line gave Vick a huge pocket and plenty of time to throw the ball, but the Eagles quarterback put too much faith in his arm and tried to force a pass into double coverage. The pass was tipped into the air, and Fort snagged the ball and took it the other way.

    We all know that Vick has a strong arm, but this was a bad decision on his part.

    Blame: Michael Vick

Week 1 vs. Cleveland: 3rd Quarter Interception

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    Vick's second interception of the third quarter and his third of the game happened in Cleveland territory at the end of the quarter.

    Once again, Vick had time, and when the pocket began to collapse, he stepped up nicely, but an off-balance throw got tipped by DeSean Jackson and intercepted by cornerback Joe Haden and returned all the way to the Eagles' 22-yard line.

    Vick actually made a nice play on this one. It's a ball that Jackson needs to come down with.

    Blame: DeSean Jackson

Week 1 vs. Cleveland: 4th Quarter Interception

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    The final interception of the game for Vick was once again the result of him having too much faith in his arm and forcing a pass.

    The Eagles had the ball at their own 13-yard line with 14:10 left in the fourth quarter. Vick saw Jeremy Maclin up the middle and threw a laser. Unfortunately, there were two Cleveland defenders in the area, and linebacker D'Qwell Jackson jumped in front of the pass and took it to the end zone to give the Browns the 16-10 lead.

    Blame: Michael Vick

Week 2 vs. Baltimore: 1st Quarter Interception

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    The opening drive against Baltimore was promising until Michael Vick had a pass picked off by Baltimore safety Bernard Pollard in the end zone.

    Vick has been told not to run so much, and he took that to heart, perhaps too much. The smart choice would have been for Vick to tuck the ball and take it himself. Instead, he threw a bad pick.

    Not really much to say about this other than there is no excuse for throwing an interception in the red zone. It's quite clear who to blame here.

    Blame: Michael Vick

Week 2 vs. Baltimore: 2nd Quarter Fumble

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    Looking at the box score, all you see is a fumble credited to Michael Vick. But, the fumble resulted from a miscommunication between Vick and rookie running back Bryce Brown on an attempted run play.

    Maybe this one could be put on Vick because he didn't put the ball right into Brown's chest, but why blame a veteran when you can give a rookie a hard time.

    Blame: Bryce Brown

Week 2 vs. Baltimore: 3rd Quarter Interception

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    I had a feeling going into the Eagles game against the Ravens that Ed Reed would intercept a Michael Vick pass, and late in the third quarter, Reed did just that.

    The throw was a deep attempt to tight end Brent Celek, who had a monster game, catching eight passes for 157 yards. Unfortunately, this was not one of those eight catches, and Ed Reed was able to jump the pass at the Baltimore 27-yard line.

    It's not surprising that Ed Reed got an interception, but someone still has to get blamed.

    Blame: Michael Vick

Week 3 vs. Arizona: 2nd Quarter Fumble

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    In the second quarter of the Eagles' loss to Arizona, Michael Vick fumbled the ball at the Cardinals 36-yard line to give possession to Arizona.

    The play started with Vick rolling left, but when nothing was available downfield, Vick turned around and came back across the field. Vick had tight end Clay Harbor open across the middle about seven yards down field, but instead held onto the ball and had it stripped by Sam Acho and recovered by Dan Williams.

    Vick had the chance to throw the ball for the first down, but couldn't pull the trigger.

    Blame: Michael Vick

Week 3 vs. Arizona: 2nd Quarter Fumble

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    This was the nail in the coffin for the Eagles.

    The Eagles had the ball at the Arizona 1-yard line with :06 seconds left in the half. Vick dropped back to pass and got drilled by Kerry Rhodes, who came off the blind side untouched. James Sanders scooped the ball off of the turf and ran it back 93 yards to the end zone to give Arizona the 24-0 halftime lead.

    The Cardinals simply had more people rushing than the Eagles had blocking. But, Vick should have seen the blitz coming and made some changes.  

    Blame: Michael Vick


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