Eagles vs. Bears: Michael Vick Should Have Run More Against Chicago
For the first time this season, Michael Vick was on the losing end of a game which he started and completed. In the loss, Vick was 29-of-44 passing for 333 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also had nine rushes for 44 yards.
The Bears played their safeties very deep all day, taking away the long-ball threat for the Eagles. Vick has had a lot of success connecting on the long ball with both DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, but that option was simply taken away. On the day, Vick’s longest completion came on a 30-yard touchdown strike to Brent Celek.
Vick also saw a lot of pressure throughout the game. The Bears' front four did a good job of getting in the backfield—that meant they did not have to send a lot of blitz packages. With the Bears consistently getting pressure, Vick was unable to sit in the pocket and had to try to make a lot of plays on the run.
Although he did a good job avoiding the pressure and made some amazing plays with his feet, Vick was still sacked four times on the day.
There seemed to be a few situations where Vick could have easily tucked the ball down and ran, but decided not to. When asked about it in his postgame interview, he said he would have to look at the film. He also added that those decisions are all instinctual, and he does what he thinks is right at the time.
With the safeties sitting back deep, I think he should have looked to run a bit more. You don’t want to see him take off before he evaluates all his options, but the Bears defense was doing a pretty good job in coverage. I think it may have opened some things up if he ran a bit more.
Besides getting his first loss in a game that he started and finished for the Eagles, Vick had another first on the season: He threw his first interception, and that ended up having a huge impact on the game. The ball was deflected at the line, so you can’t pin it against him entirely. However, I don’t think the decision on the throw was very good. It seemed that if the ball got through, he’d still be forcing it into traffic.
Overall, it wasn’t Vick’s best outing, and the team needs to do a better job scoring touchdowns in the red zone. Coming off the loss, it should be interesting to see how Vick bounces back next week against Houston.
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