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Vick: ‘I take sole responsibility’ for loss to Chiefs

Sep 20, 2013, 1:00 AM EDT


That’s awfully noble of you, Mike. Don’t get me wrong, you deserve some of the blame, but there is plenty of it to go around the Eagles’ locker room after their 26-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.

Michael Vick can come back for a second helping of blame if he likes. His performance was far too reminiscent of what Philadelphia had been becoming accustomed to prior to this season.

The Birds’ quarterback was erratic, completing 13-of-30 pass attempts for 201 yards. The 11-year veteran was indecisive, which helped lead to five sacks. He also turned the ball over three times, including a terrible pick-six—one of two giveaways to spot the Chiefs 10 points within the game’s first four minutes.

But we couldn’t lay everything on Vick even if we wanted to. The Eagles’ offensive line struggled mightily to protect him. Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston abused Todd Herremans and rookie Lane Johnson to the tune of 3.5 sacks, while at the opposite end Tamba Hali appeared to be getting the better of Jason Peters for much of the night.

Despite an improved pass rush this week, the Birds’ defense had no answer for slot receiver Donnie Avery. Avery hauled in seven passes for 141 yards, including a pair of third-down conversions of 15 yards and beyond, essentially picking up where Eddie Royal left off for San Diego last week.

Even special teams can’t be absolved. Damaris Johnson’s muffed punt at Philadelphia’s 8-yard line was one of the plays that handed Kansas City points at the outset, while Alex Henery missed a field goal for the second consecutive week—although this one probably didn’t matter as much.

There’s only one man in midnight green who comes away unscathed, and that is LeSean McCoy. There was a scary moment where Shady went down clutching his ankle, but he returned to the game and ripped off a 41-yard touchdown run to give the Eagles life in the second half. McCoy finished with 158 yards on the ground.

Vick certainly did not play well though, despite rushing for 95 yards himself. Give Kansas City some credit for making him uncomfortable in the pocket, although that had nothing to do with either of his interceptions, or several other missed targets.

The Eagles fall to 1-2 on the season, and have a very tough matchup ahead in Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 10 days from now. Meanwhile, the hardest part was the Chiefs move to 3-0 and Andy Reid gets to extract some revenge on the franchise that sent him packing after 14 years of service. Gatorade shower? Gatorade shower.


Sorry for that.

Despite everything that went wrong for the Eagles, it should be noted they somehow had an opportunity to win this game until late. The defense kept Kansas City’s offense out of the end zone for three quarters, but the hole the rest of the team had dug with stalled drives and turnovers was too much to overcome.

In other words, the one person besides Shady it’s hard to lay this loss on is Chip Kelly. When your players commit five turnovers, it’s nearly impossible to win the game.

  1. Jason R. - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Not very inventive with plays for Desean, Flowers was gimpy and out a few plays and they completed one single pass over the top? And where was that hurry up we were all so excited for? This team desperately needs a #2 WR not named Riley Cooper. We’re likely past being able to do anything about that, but that guy needs to be kicked back to the #4 WR spot where he belongs?

    • Captain_Awesome - Sep 20, 2013 at 6:25 AM

      Where was the hurry up? Neutralized by injury delays by a Chiefs player and turnovers.

  2. Von9 - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    It seems like every time this team tastes success, they get sloppy and wasteful… are we drafting a qb this year?

    • Steve - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      We better be.

  3. G_E - Sep 20, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    Andy finally won his Super Bowl.

    What a pathetic showing. Started with the opening kickoff and rolled down the hill in a ball of flames from there.

    Not sure what they need to do personnel wise but this team practically spends the next month on the road. Buckle up for safety everyone.

    That win at Fedex seems like eons ago. As a matter of fact, the first half of that game seems like when this team blew its load. Damn that was an awesome 30 minutes of football – even with that turnover on the opening drive. Since then? 150 minutes of dogshit. Perhaps a pile of dogshit can be on one of the play cards for the game in Denver next week.

    • Hiccup - Sep 20, 2013 at 6:52 AM

      Relax guys, this super bowl thing was never going to happen overnight .Its a rebuilding process that might take awhile so while it was nice to win the first game this team stii has a lot of work to do. Sit back and relax and enjoy the ride for it will get better but maybe not with this incomplete team.

      • G_E - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        Not implying that the Super Bowl was even a possibility. Have you watched this team perform the last two games? It is a process but the disparity between that first half and the last 2 1/2 games is night and day. So it can work, it just hasn’t. And let’s not confuse the Chargers or Chiefs with the elite teams in this league.

        Manning is going to school these guys next week, so the offense can’t cough up the ball and expect to compete. The Eagles dodged a few bullets after a couple turnovers last night. Peyton will capitalize.

        I had these guys at 8-8 this year. Obviously that can still be achieved but they need to figure things out. This division is weak sauce right now and 8-8 could win the division.

      • DocDeath20 - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:41 AM

        I agree 100 percent, if they win 6 games this year then I would call it a nice season. This team doesn’t have the players to play 3-4 defense as of yet. I am hoping they hit it big in the draft hence why Rosebud needs to let Gamble take care of it.

  4. EaglesFaninVA - Sep 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Wow, can you imagine giving Denver 6 Turnovers???? They better get their act together or next week will be a bloodbath. Defense finally stepped up (for most of the night at least). Still cannot understand how we can stop 3rd and short, but not 3rd and long??? Again, kudos to the “D” for keeping us in it. Vick, this is your mulligan.

    Fly Eagles Fly…

  5. Lol - Sep 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    I don’t care about his thoughts on race, but Riley Cooper is a garbage receiver. I can’t believe we can’t find better than him.

  6. mattcrwi - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    I think the part I enjoyed the most last night was Andy’s horrible redzone touchdown percentage. I certainly don’t miss that for the eagles.

  7. erzug - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Good thing RGIII was rusty for much of game 1, otherwise we’d be 0-3. I think Andy Reid took his red zone woes with him to KC and that had more to do with their ineptness in the RZ than our defensive play. Unless Peyton Manning and/or his top receivers get injured this weekend, I will most likely not even watch the next game. PM could seriously challenge and most likely break the touchdown passes per game that he tied this season. Imagine, eight TD passes…not sure what would happen in the second half.

  8. erzug - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    What was Kelly thinking by spurning the extra point. Just plain dumb. And then when it was 16-6 and we had 2nd and 3 and then 3rd and 3, it was treated like 2nd and 3rd and goal. Get the freaking 1st down and go from there. Reminded me too much of AR’s red zone idiocy.

  9. Michael J - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    To be perfectly honest, we should be 3-0. Stupid play calling mistakes vs San Diego and 5 (mostly unlucky) bad turnovers vs KC are not gonna get it done. These are growing pains of a new offensive scheme that needs to mature.

    The first half of that game was great for our defense. The Chiefs scored 10 points off of an Interception return and another 3 when Damaris Johnson gave them great field position fumbling the ball. Donnie Avery was the knife that finished the job. Every 3rd and long, they ran the same play and every time, Donny Avery caught the ball on the crossing route. It almost seems like the secondary was constantly playing prevent defense. Alex Smith did not complete a single long vertical pass all night. The Chiefs did not win that game, the Eagles handed it to them on a silver platter.

    Playing 3 games in 10 days cannot be easy to do, I don’t care how in shape you are. Hopefully they use the 10 days before the Broncos game to recharge the batteries and watch some film. Vick needs to get back to quicker decision making, especially on those read-option plays. The main weakness to Chip’s system is when the defensive line creates chaos up front. Peters, Kelce, and Co. looked tired last night, so this rest will do them good.

    With all of this in mind, I do have optimism for the future. I’d like to see what Vinny Curry could do with some extended playing time, especially against Denver since Peyton Manning will be missing Ryan Clady for the rest of the year. Earl Wolff made a couple nice open field hits last night. Avant showed why he is so valuable as he had the surest hands of any Eagles receiver last night. I can see the Eagles targeting a QB and WR in the next draft, but I also think they need to find, new defensive talent. Personally, I don’t understand why they don’t contact Safety Kerry Rhodes as he still remains unsigned.

    • Michael J - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Damn allergies. 7 points off the interception, not 10 (duh).

    • erzug - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      3 games in 11 days and didn’t the Chiefs face basically the same situation, or was it 3 games in 12 days for them? I don’t buy it. It’s tougher to go on the road on such a short week than to stay at home. Therefore, it was more of an issue for the Chiefs. As far as our defense is concerned, the first half showed me that AR brought his same old lousy red zone play calling to the Chiefs that he when he was here.

      The way things have gone, I hope the Eagles have a good stock of silver platters available to hand out for the rest of the season.

      I don’t understand how an entire team (save Jackson and McCoy) implodes on the same evening. Were they tight because they badly wanted to beat their former head coach – show him that their new offensive schemes work better than his did?

      I did notice in the stats that (and this is not a misprint) the Chiefs ran the ball 37 times and passed 35. Is the old walrus finally learning his lesson after 14 years?

      • Andrew Kulp - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        Alex Smith accounted for 10 of those rushing attempts, and the Chiefs led basically the entire game, the combination of which should help explain those attempts.

      • erzug - Sep 20, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        re: Andrew

        I stand corrected. I always thought that technically, a rushing attempt was a designed play to run the ball out of the backfield either by the QB (ex. bootleg) or a lateral/handoff to a running back or a reverse to a receiver. But I see by the rules that when a QB takes off to avoid a sack, it is also called a rushing attempt.

  10. Scott B - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Why Vick gets as many chances as he does is beyond me. Here in the real world, if you consistently suck at your job for 3+ years, you get fired. I cant wait to finally be done with this guy.

    • hitnrun - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Nobody missed McNabb when his time was finally up, but it was hard not to miss his football intelligence, even three years ago when Vick was playing well. Vick simply doesn’t have as much RAM upstairs as Five or any successful NFL QB. The receiving corps was better in 2010-2012 than it was for most the previous two decades, but Vick simply doesn’t process what he’s looking at as fast as he needs to.

      Add to that his 6’0″ height and I’m not sure exactly why coaches and fans continue to think he’ll be effective. I suppose it’s valid to have the opinion that he’s better than Foles, but at what point do you write the Vick-led Super Bowl off and see if Foles or Barkley can develop into NFL QBs?

      • erzug - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Based on what a coworker told me when he stood side by side with Vick not long ago (he’s 5′ 8″), Vick wasn’t 4 inches taller than him.

  11. Spear - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Turnovers were definitely the problem here, and Michael Vick was much to blame. Doesn’t mean there wasn’t a lot of blame to throw around. In other news, the defense looked great and McCoy was unstoppable.

  12. 2sentz - Sep 20, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Watching Vick’s indecisiveness and bad play in person is different than on TV, and last night’s brutal effort finally swung me permanently off the Vick bandwagon.

    Sure everyone can have a bad game, but that was so much worse than bad. He clearly mis-read scores of plays, didn’t see open guys, and those ugly telegraphed picks were unforgivable at the pro level. Through the course of a season, the only consistent thing with Mike is his terrible inconsistency.

    Yes there are many other factors to this single loss, whatever. But the reality is no team can make a complete, successful championship run with Mike Vick as QB. It will never happen.

  13. jay peezo - Sep 20, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    vick just has these games where hes unsure of himself. today was one of those games. he stutters with everything. it sucks because the times where he plays with confidence, he is unstoppable….but how often is that really…ya know

  14. Ron - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    So Vick had a bad game? And we’re off the bandwagon. But when he was perfect last week, it was a mirage. He played poor. But you can’t ignore the total team ineptness. Weak line play. Weak receiver play minus avant. 3 games in. We should be 2-1. Let it play out. I’m a realist but damn.

    • Emil - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      I agree 100% Vick had a bad a game, but it’s not time to panic. His second pick came because of pressure due to the lack of protection from the o line. He had to reset and throw which caused the second pick. His throws were off because he could not set his feet in the pocket because of pressure up front. He barley had a clean pocket to throw from.

      I never seen a game when the entire offense imploded aside from two people. Lesean and Desean. Vick should have ran more on the read option plays instead of handing the ball off since they were daring Vick to run(by playing man on man all night). He should have ran to loosen up the chiefs defense since they were playing everything tight and played man almost the entire game. VIck could have single handedly taken over the game. He needs to start doing that if we wants to win and if he ever wants to be considered elite.

  15. sheila wroten - Sep 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    This is probably an over simplification but I think what Chip Kelly has forgotten is that competing isnot good enough in the pros. Trust me every coach in the NFL is determined not to be beaten by a “college coach”. Especially after hearing his players brag about how much of a genius he is.
    Just shut up and play!


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