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Vick: Gut Check Time For Eagles

Looking only at quarterback Michael Vick's stat line from Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers, one would think that the Eagles had cruised to an easy victory.

Vick completed 65 percent of his passes en route to 491 yards of total offense (a career-high 416 yards passing and 75 more rushing). Despite Vick's masterful performance, the Eagles scored only 23 points, going 2-for-7 in the red zone. After the game, a somber Vick spoke about the Eagles' disappointing 1-3 start.

"It's shocking and it's frustrating," said the 10-year veteran. "This is the most frustrated I've ever been as a player. We all had high expectations going into this season, and we still do, but we really need to dig deep now."

Frankly, Vick said that the blame for the Eagles' struggles this season should fall upon himself and the rest of the players not the coaching staff.

"I take responsibility," he said. "Taking the coaches out of the equation, we, the players need to figure out what we're doing wrong. The coaches can only give you so much. It's up to us as players to go out there on the field and make it happen.

"There are three phases of the game in which you have to excel every Sunday for 16 weeks - offense, defense and special teams. Offense has to do their part, defense has to do their part, special teams has to do their part. We have to figure out what needs to be done in the moment, and we have to go out there and do it."

Vick, who finished the game despite dislocating a finger on his throwing hand, spoke about the need to have a winning mentality moving forward. Prior to the game, the Pro Bowl signal caller said that the only way he was going to come out of Sunday's game against the 49ers was on a cart. After the game, he said that the team needs to adopt a similar mindset when it comes to closing out games.

"Steve Young says that when he played, he did so with the mindset that he would not allow his opponent to beat him no matter what," Vick explained. "'Over my dead body I will not lose this game,' Young would say. We need to play with that attitude moving forward. We just have to give everything we've got while staying fundamentally sound and mentally sharp. That's called 'gut check.' Some people have it, some people don't, but we're certainly going to find out who has it and who doesn't."

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