Secure the ball. Put up points. Win.
Like the action movie based on superhero vehicles that become something no one suspected they could be, Vick must transform.
To regain the faith of his team, his coaches and his fans, Vick has to bring measurable, quantifiable field results. In essence, it is time for Vick to become the football hero Philadelphia expects him to be.
If this were a movie, there would be a scene now in which the hero overcomes the kryptonite fumbles, prevails over other villainous football teams and emerges to wild cheers of the city he saves.
That is all the Eagles Nation asks of its quarterback.
In the Eagles near losses in Weeks 1 and 2, Vick experienced some unusual pains. Once it was his head and another time it was his stomach. Neither complaint stemmed from the frequent hits he took but instead came from two nearly-derailed games in which the Eagles squeezed by with a win.
Don’t look now, Michael, but this engine is dangling from the rails. It’s time to get this Philadelphia train back on track.
Quick! To the Novacare cave to plot your return as the city hero.
Vick and his Dining Companion, The Football
First, secure the ball.
This is not a new concept, but it has taken so much time to sink in that Vick recently carried a football around the Eagles' practice facility, the Novacare Complex, while passersby tried to knock it from his hands.
Ball security equals job security. While fans love to see their quarterback at the top of the stats chart, no one wants to be leading the league in fumbles.
This is not a number to which Vick should add. Not. One. More.
Second, put up points.
Despite ranking eighth in the NFL in offensive yards with an amassed 2,274 yards, the team is third-last in points per game with only 17.2 points, just nudging out the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks.
It’s touchdown time. Pass into the end zone. Hand it to LeSean McCoy and let him run it across the line. Just put it in there.
Being a quarterback is somewhat like being a parent. If you want to get the credit when things go well, you have to accept the blame when they fall apart. And remember that both can happen without you earning either.
Baseball great Tommy Lasorda knows a few things about winning:
No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are, you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference.
The Eagles are just a little further than a third into the season.
Michael Vick, this is your mission should you choose to accept it. Stop this crazy runaway season ride from crashing. Put it safely back on track. Become the football hero Eagles diehards desperately want you to be.
Triumphant music awaits.