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Eagles coach Reid knows Vick needs improvement

Associated Press Modified: September 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm •  Published: September 10, 2012


No, Eagles coach Andy Reid certainly won't bench Michael Vick, not after the first game of the season.

But some of last season's problems with the franchise QB lingered into an erratic performance in the opener.

Reid just isn't ready to pin all the blame on Vick for four interceptions and an offense that only scored 17 points on 456 total yards.

"I know Michael took the blame yesterday," Reid said Monday. "But it's not a one-man show. That's not what it is."

The pass-happy Reid did his best to make Vick a one-man gang for most of Sunday's 17-16 win over the Cleveland Browns. Vick attempted a whopping 56 passes, even as he took a beating from the Browns — and an increasingly agitated fan base that expects more out of him.

Vick can't seem to find the happy medium.

He's been accused of playing with a reckless style that's made him injury prone and absent for parts of the season.

When Vick tries to rein in his runs, he hears he's ill-suited as pocket passer who can't adjust to defenses.

Vick never found had any consistency until he led the Eagles 91 yards for the winning drive against the Browns. But there were misreads. There was miscommunication. And overall, there was just something missing as he continues to find his way in this offense.

Fans complained on Twitter and talk radio that Vick should have been yanked for backup and preseason surprise Nick Foles. Vick, though, had one defender Monday across the street from the Eagles' practice facility.

"I think he made a great drive at the end of the game," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He saved the day."

Just like he's done before.

Reid sounded more like a coach dissecting his team after an ugly loss, rather than his quarterback. He knows Vick, knows his ability to bounce back. So, his concern isn't aimed at one locker.

The Eagles, after all, committed too many turnovers, were called for unnecessary penalties, yapped at the referees, and needed improvement in every offensive area from protection to playcalling.

"All three of those things fit into what took place and you've got to add the route running in there too," Reid said. "If they're going to come up and bang you around, then you've got to work like crazy to get yourself open and do the right thing. Everybody had a piece of that. It's always going to fall on the quarterback's shoulders and we have one that takes that responsibility and he takes it to heart. But in reality, when you put on the tape, everybody's got to do their job.

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