Philadelphia Eagles: Should Michael Vick's Fumbles Be a Worry?
For a large part of last season Michael Vick was unstoppable, able to avoid any pass rush and often take off with a big run.
What made this so impressive was the fact that during all these rushed throws he only threw six interceptions, as compared to 21 touchdowns.
While many in the media made a big deal of how good Vick was at protecting the ball, an often overlooked stat is the 11 fumbles he had last season. The Eagles only recovered four of these, meaning that Vick really turned the ball over 13 times. While this is still impressive, it is not nearly as noteworthy as only six times.
In the first half of the Eagles game against Atlanta Sunday night, Vick fumbled twice, both of which seemed to be completely his fault.
On the first fumble he seemed to toss the ball to one, and Atlanta was able to scoop it up and run it way down in a drive that ended up in a touchdown. The second fumble was a classic Vick still carrying the ball like he is going to throw it even after he is way past the line of scrimmage. I don't know why Vick does this, but he seems to love to be ready to throw even when he is 15 yards down the field.
While it is not time to panic in Philadelphia yet, a pretty poor preseason combined with a poor first half in Atlanta could be a sign that defenses have figured out Vick, and know that as long as they go after the ball when he is running there is a very good chance they can get the strip.
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