Man, if there’s one guy I want to hear from about Michael Vick’s performance from yesterday, it’s definitely the guy whose job he ultimately ended up inheriting. It’s hard to imagine that McNabb doesn’t still harbor some ill will towards the franchise who selected him in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft. Still, McNabb was fair and sensible in one of his first awkward moments as a network analyst.
“I think it’s just a bad day at the office,” he said. “You look at all throughout the preseason, he wasn’t able to get into a rhythm and get his feet up under him, so this was another preseason game for him.”
Given Vick’s inactivity throughout the preseason, McNabb was a bit surprised—like many others—that the Eagles shied away from LeSean McCoy. And he wasn’t afraid to criticize his former coach.
“I think that was just a bad decision overall. I thought they should have ran the ball a little bit more,” he said. “I think whenever you get put in that position, you’ve got to take the ball out of his hands and put it into a guy that is hot. If you are running screens, running the ball or just a shovel pass, do something to try get that confidence for Michael Vick.”
Though McNabb never had the dubious honor of tossing four interceptions in a game, he’s certainly familiar with the panic of fans after a bad game from the quarterback. Still, McNabb is relatively confident that his former teammate can bounce back next week against the Ravens.
“I don’t think it’s a cause for concern. I think the most important thing that we need to focus on is what’s going to happen next week — they are playing a tough team with a tough defense next week,” he said.
Whether or not Vick bounces back remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure—if the Eagles plan to throw the ball 56 times again next week, it’s unlikely they’ll draw the same luck they did this past Sunday.