Michael Vick clearly wasn’t the same guy the last two years as he was in 2010, and on Tuesday, he tried to explain why.
Vick, who agreed Monday to a contract restructure to remain with the Eagles in 2013, said on an ESPN radio show that one of his problems over the past two seasons -- when he was a combined 10-13 in 23 starts -- was that he was too concerned about injury.
“You have to be very cautious and meticulous about what you’re doing on the field but not to a point where it takes away from your game because once you try not to get hurt, that’s when you get hurt,” Vick said on the Mike and Mike Show, co-hosted by former Eagles defensive lineman Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg.
Vick has spoken in the past of playing not to get hurt. He said in 2009 that he was playing “not to get hurt” in a 2003 preseason game with the Falcons against the Ravens and ended up breaking his leg and missing the first 11 games of the regular season.
He said at the time he had learned his lesson. But apparently he didn’t.
“What I have to do is go out and play lights-out football and not worry about getting hurt,” Vick said. “I think over the last two years I was trying to protect myself, trying to make sure I was out on the football field with my teammates and putting too much effort into not being injured.”
Vick has missed 10 games because of injury since replacing Kevin Kolb as the Eagles’ starting quarterback early in 2010.
He missed three games in both 2010 and 2011 with broken ribs and four last year with a concussion. By the time he was cleared to play, he had lost his job to rookie Nick Foles. When Foles was hurt late in the season, Vick started the season finale against the Giants, a 42-7 loss at the Meadowlands.
That was Andy Reid’s last game with the Eagles and presumed to be Vick’s final game with the Eagles as well. But his meeting with new coach Chip Kelly went so well that Kelly and Vick both agreed that Vick would return to Philly, with his 2013 salary getting slashed from $15.5 million to $7.5 million.
Michael Vick: I 'put too much effort into not being injured'
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