PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick had a performance to forget, even as he led the Eagles to victory.
Vick threw four interceptions and never had any consistency until he led the Eagles 91 yards for the go-ahead score in a 17-16 win over the Cleveland 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.
Philadelphia coach Andy Reid says the team isn't a "one-man show." He says it's unfair to blame Vick for all of the mistakes made on offense.
Reid says there were enough breakdowns to share the blame with the offensive line, the receivers, and the playcalling.
"It's a combination of things. It starts with the plays that are dialed up. It starts with protection and then it comes back to decision making. 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.
Reid says the Eagles will be fine if they eliminate mistakes because there were plenty of positives in the win. Philadelphia did have 456 total yards and the defense held the Browns' offense to just nine points.
"You play an aggressive defense that's good against the pass, particularly last year, then you have to come and you've got to be ready to roll every snap and you've got to be aggressive every snap," Reid said. "We have to do a better job with that."
All that said, the Eagles have now won five consecutive games dating back to last season, and are one of three NFC East teams to open 1-0, along with Washington and Dallas. Philadelphia plays host to Baltimore on Sunday.
Vick, though, will clearly be the story leading up to the Ravens game. Perhaps struggling to find a counter-balance between being a prototypical, drop-back passer and the ad-libbing style that makes Vick who he is — a mental, physical tug-of-war, if you will — there appears to be a delay in decisions.
"I don't think it's over-thinking," Reid said. "There were so many good things that he did in the mix there. I mean, he accumulated a ton of yards and so there were some good things. There were just some breakdowns. We've all got to look at that and make sure that we get that right."
Vick was 29 of 56 for 317 yards and two scores to go with the four picks. He ran seven times for 32 yards, including a 16-yard scamper. He was sacked twice, but more important, he was banged around overall a bit too much for Reid's liking.
"I'll tell you, there were some breakdowns in protection and everybody had a little bit of that, whether it was the tight ends in there, (offensive) line, running backs," Reid said. "There were a few where he could have gotten it to a secondary receiver quicker. So, everybody had a little bit of that. We've got to tighten that up.
"You can't go through and have the quarterback get hit that much."