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Myth behind Vick's 2011 injuries

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08:02 AM ET 05.08 | Perhaps the worry that Michael Vick scrambles too much for his own good is somewhat misplaced. I went back and looked at Vick's injuries from a year ago. By my count, there were four significant ones reported by the team: the concussion that knocked him out of the Falcons game; the bruised right hand that knocked him out of the first Giants meeting; the finger injury against the 49ers; and the two broken ribs against the Cardinals that caused him to miss the next three games. ... Four injuries on four plays. And in each instance, Vick not only was in the pocket, but he completed the pass. Don't get me wrong. Vick needs to do his best to avoid unnecessary hits.

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May 8, 2012  08:06 AM ET

That's reasonable enough. Now go beyond last season and give us the data. If a player plays 10 seasons but we only receive data on one then how accurate is it?

May 8, 2012  08:15 AM ET

The "myth" is this dude is an actual reporter. But then again, journalism died a long time ago.

May 8, 2012  08:20 AM ET
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The "myth" is this dude is an actual reporter. But then again, journalism died a long time ago.

You don't trust phillycheesesteak.com?

May 8, 2012  08:21 AM ET

Vick is just fragile, doesn't matter where he is on the field.

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May 8, 2012  08:27 AM ET
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You don't trust phillycheesesteak.com?

That's a website I could sink my teeth into!

May 8, 2012  08:30 AM ET

At a listed 6' 0" ( meaning he is less ) and 215 lbs Vick is one of the smallest guy on a football field. He has a hard time seeing over the DL. He is tough though, give him that.

May 8, 2012  08:35 AM ET
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At a listed 6' 0" ( meaning he is less ) and 215 lbs Vick is one of the smallest guy on a football field. He has a hard time seeing over the DL. He is tough though, give him that.

I don't know about tough really. I mean kudos to the guy cause he hasn't given the game up (like he could with what he owes), but Drew Brees is about the same size and he doesn't miss 3 games a year. I know it's different styles of play, but if the thread is to be believed that is moot.

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May 8, 2012  08:45 AM ET

Becaue he's so elusive, defenses seem to play hard against him!

May 8, 2012  08:45 AM ET
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May 8, 2012  08:51 AM ET
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I don't know about tough really. I mean kudos to the guy cause he hasn't given the game up (like he could with what he owes), but Drew Brees is about the same size and he doesn't miss 3 games a year. I know it's different styles of play, but if the thread is to be believed that is moot.

True. The difference, I think, is how they use the pocket. Not sure that can be taught. Those guys that just know where to slide around inside the pocket and all.

May 8, 2012  09:01 AM ET
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True. The difference, I think, is how they use the pocket. Not sure that can be taught. Those guys that just know where to slide around inside the pocket and all.

Yeah, there's some of those guys that just seem to know when to step up or slide. You look at some of the best QBs out there and you've seen them make that move in the pocket that just makes you wonder how they knew when to shift.

May 8, 2012  09:02 AM ET
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True. The difference, I think, is how they use the pocket. Not sure that can be taught. Those guys that just know where to slide around inside the pocket and all.

Yup Brees is a master at pocket awareness. Anyone else remember when Brees was basically considered a bust and couldn't beat out Doug Flutie for the starting job in San Diego? Mind blowing.

May 8, 2012  09:03 AM ET

"I went back and looked at Vick's injuries from a year ago. By my count, there were four significant ones reported by the team: the dog bites from the Rottweiler; the dog bites from the Pit Bull; the dog bites from the German Shepherd; and the dog bites from the rabid Shih Tzu."

May 8, 2012  09:03 AM ET
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Yeah, there's some of those guys that just seem to know when to step up or slide. You look at some of the best QBs out there and you've seen them make that move in the pocket that just makes you wonder how they knew when to shift.

Really makes you think the greats are just born with an extra sense or something. Like really you'll see Brady or Manning (both of em) just blindly step out of the way of guys there is no way they could have seen.

May 8, 2012  09:16 AM ET

sooo.... whats the myth, Vick isn't really injury prone, or his injuries were a myth?

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May 8, 2012  09:23 AM ET

Go Back To Jail, Bro.

 
May 8, 2012  09:28 AM ET
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sooo.... whats the myth, Vick isn't really injury prone, or his injuries were a myth?

"But any suggestion that the injuries he sustained in 2011 were due to him leaving the pocket, running recklessly or not sliding are off-base."

Myth = Vick got injured outside the pocket running, scrambling, whatever.

This is one badly written piece. As one poster stated: journalism is dead.

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