Defensive Vick says Kelly has fixed fumbling issue

Defensive Vick says Kelly has fixed fumbling issue

May 18, 2013, 9:00 am
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In 10 games last season, Michael Vick threw 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. (USA Today Images)

It can't really be that simple.

Can it?

Michael Vick was a guest on The Mike Missinelli Show on 97.5 The Fanatic last week and addressed his persistent issues with reading defenses, holding the ball too long and failing to properly secure it when under pressure or outside the pocket.

Vick denied that he has any problem with the first two issues -- attributing his struggles to the long drops called for in Andy Reid's offense -- but did admit to having some trouble holding the ball, which he claims has been fixed by new head coach Chip Kelly.

“The other day, I broke out in the pocket, and the first thing Chip told me was to tuck the football,” Vick said.  “So I showed him how I was running with it, and he looked at it and he knocked the ball right out of my hands.  And he was like, ‘Hold it like this.’  And what he told me felt comfortable.  I had a tighter grip on the football. That should secure that problem as long as I work on it.”

Vick has spent 10 seasons in the NFL and, based on his tenure, does not appear to take kindly to criticism.

He offered this in response to questions about his ability to make evaluations at the line of scrimmage:

“I’m really tempted right now to just say no comment to that because like I said a second ago, you don’t last 12 years in the NFL not being able to read the defense,” Vick said.  “Those people who are talking and saying that are just ignorant, and they know nothing about football.  Unless they turn on the film and watch my game and see what goes on, then they’ll replace those comments with the right comments.”

“Without getting sensitive about it, it’s incorrect.  So I’d rather not talk about it.”

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