JACKSONVILLE, FL - The Eagles have arrived safely in Jacksonville and the guy who will be under the watchful eye of the football world tomorrow afternoon is primed for his first start as the number one quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles.
"I've had an entire week, so I'm very focused," Michael Vick said he arrived at the team hotel. "I'm in tune with the game plan and what we're trying to do ... I just have to go out there and execute it. I'm excited."
Vick earned the starting job from head coach Andy Reid because, as Reid said, he's playing "out of his mind." Vick has thrown for 459 yards in six quarters of action on 37-58 passing, adding three touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 105.5 (fourth in the league).
"I just have to continue to do the things I've been doing," Vick said. "Don't try to do too much, don't try to press, let the game come to me. That's what I've been doing that two weeks and that's what I'm going to continue to do."
As effective as he's been, one area of Vick's game that needs improvement is avoiding big hits. Vick's been hit hard several times over the past few weeks, something he must do his best to avoid in order to stay on the field.
"Get down and get out of bounds," he said. "That's something I've put more of an emphasis on now and I understand the importance of maintaining my body."
The Eagles face a tough test tomorrow in a Jaguars team that is very strong at home. The Jaguars' power running game provides them with an outlet to tire opposing teams under the Florida sun. But Vick's not worried about the elements.
"The thing is, both teams have to go through it," he said. "The good thing for us is it was hot all week and we pushed through practice. We're just going to go in and make sure we get the job done. Regardless of the elements, you have to go out there and do what's right for the team."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 4:23 p.m., September 25