Vick Takes New Approach To Eliminate Fumbles
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Eagles quarterback Michael Vick understands the questions about his fumbling, he answered nine today by the way, but he wants to end the problem. So this week he carried a football around the NovaCare Complex to remind himself to secure the rock during this week's game against the Lions.
“Breakfast, to the meetings, lunch," Vick said. "Everyone thought it was funny, but I didn’t. That’s how much I care about this team and that’s how much I care about our success and winning on Sundays. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that I take care of my responsibilities.”
Vick has lost a league-worst five fumbles through five games this year and has turned the ball over a total of 11 times. Only five teams in the NFL have more turnovers than Vick.
While Vick explained some of his new methods to emphasize ball security, head coach Andy Reid broke it down to a simple answer when asked about Vick's practice week.
“He’s hung onto the football,” Reid said.
Vick, though, explained how he started carrying a football around earlier in the week.
“Yeah, I was at the beginning of the week just to get a feel for the pigskin,” Vick said. “Not to put too much emphasis on it, but to continuously remind myself that I need to take care of the football.”
Vick said his teammates were trying to knock the ball loose and the stakes got pretty high, causing him to end the game.
“There was a bounty on the ball,” Vick said.
Vick also watched a lot of football this week, focusing in on how running backs tucked the ball away, hoping to emulate their styles.
Read more on Vick's approach to ball security here.
Ryan Messick covers the Eagles for 97.3 ESPN FM. Follow him on Twitter.