Eagles' Mornhinweg: Vick Doesn't Need to Slide Feet-First

Michael Vick has been impressive in his playing time this year for the Eagles, completing nearly 64 percent of his passes for 459 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. (Photo: Ryan Messick)

Michael Vick said yesterday that he doesn't know how to slide.

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick made some news yesterday when he mentioned that he doesn’t know how to slide.  It was baffling, for someone whose been playing quarterback for so long, especially considering that Vick was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft.

Sure, it was the 30th round and Vick hadn’t played baseball since eighth grade, but anyone drafted to play professional baseball should be able to slide, right?

Well, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg wasn’t too worried about it today.  According to Mornhinweg, some quarterbacks just feel more comfortable getting down headfirst.

“Yeah, Mike doesn’t slide,” Mornhinweg said.  “That’s okay, there’s two different philosophies to that.  I don’t want to name any names, but there’s great, great quarterbacks who never slid.  They go headfirst and get underneath hits.”

The Birds offensive coordinator called the headfirst slide a “touch more risky,” since it leaves the quarterback open to being hit.  A feet-first slide means that defenders are not allowed to take a shot.  That said, the Eagles want Vick staying on his feet and trying to make big plays if he has the space.

“He’s such a playmaker that if he thinks he can make a move and score then he’s going to do that and that’s okay,” Mornhinweg said.  “But when he’s got 2 or 3 people trapped, I’d like to see him get down.”

Vick said yesterday he doesn’t mind getting down or out of bounds when he thinks it’s appropriate, but sliding just leaves him uncomfortable.

“For some reason I always think I’m going to get hurt or something crazy’s going to happen,” Vick said.

Something crazy usually does happen when he stays on his feet – good or bad.  For now, his teammates, coaches and fans will just have to be a little extra uncomfortable when they see a hit coming and Vick doesn’t get down.

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