After his performance last Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Michael Vick attributed his struggles to pressing too much to make something happen once the Eagles fell behind 14-0. He said that he'd learned from his mistakes that he was going to came out this Thursday night against the Browns looking for "redemption."
The 2010 Comeback Player of The Year converted 10 of 18 passes against the Browns for 98 yards in the Eagles' 24-14 win over the Cleveland Browns. Vick added another 24 yards on the ground and scored on an 8-yard run in the second quarter. With Vick in control of the offense in the first half, the Eagles put up 17 points on six drives. He credited looking back at game film from last Thursday's loss to the Steelers with this week's return to form.
"I was able to learn from my mistakes after the game," Vick said in his post-game press conference. "I knew why things happened the way they did. I tried to force balls and tried to do too much at certain times."
The unquestioned leader of the offense said that last week's performance has not diminished his confidence in his teammates or in himself.
"Regardless of who we play, I'm going to give the defense fits, plain and simple," the 10-year veteran said. "I trust my teammates to get their jobs done. We're going to give teams everything they want. I believe in those guys and I'm going to instill that confidence in them. That's the way we're going to play, with confidence."
The Eagles quarterback praised running back LeSean McCoy, whom he connected up with seven times for 69 yards Thursday night.
"I think LeSean is going to have a big year," Vick said. "We're doing some new things to get him more involved in the offense. I have a lot of confidence in LeSean. We have a lot of guys in our locker room who strive to be the best players they can be, and he is one of those guys."
Despite his confidence in this team, the 2010 Pro Bowl quarterback is not getting complacent.
"I still think we have a lot of work to do," he admitted. "With two weeks left until the opener in St. Louis, it's just about moving forward, forgetting about it, having short-term memory, and getting better each and every day. We're continuing to work on things, and everything will come together by Week 1."
With the starters likely getting the night off next week versus the Jets, this could be the last time we get to see the starting offense on the field before September 11. They will continue to work and prepare for the regular season, but only time will tell whether Michael Vick's confidence is validated.
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