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The NFL has figured out Michael Vick

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08:02 AM ET 10.04 | Steve McLendon believes there's a book on Michael Vick. The Steelers nose tackle sacked him with one hand in the preseason, and he's not surprised that the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has been sacked 11 times and committed nine turnovers. "People have learned how to rush him," said McLendon, a preseason star who is splitting time with starting nose tackle Casey Hampton. "Vick's trying to stay in the pocket, he's trying to be the quarterback he's not. ... [And] I hope he keeps being that quarterback. We want him to sit in the pocket. As long as he's sitting in the pocket, we have a good chance to get to him and hit him. If we can hit him, get him frustrated a couple of times, we're going to be successful."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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October 4, 2012  08:04 AM ET

The book is a short story.

October 4, 2012  08:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The book is a short story.

And so well-read that the pages are dog-eared.

October 4, 2012  08:18 AM ET

Just do it!!

October 4, 2012  08:26 AM ET

If a 320lb nose tackle needed more than one hand to sack a qb, I would be quite surpised

October 4, 2012  08:39 AM ET

I like the idea of Troy's first game back from injury being littered with interceptions.

October 4, 2012  08:42 AM ET

The Bucs started writing this book back when he played in Atlanta. They used players like Simeon Rice to pin him in so that he couldn't roll out and Vick was neutralized. Now it sounds like Andy Reid is making Vick stay in the pocket and effectively doing the same thing to him.

Oh, and weren't people complaining back in the day that McNabb developed this 'need' to stay in the pocket and stopped being a playmaking QB?

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October 4, 2012  09:06 AM ET

More like a pamphlet.

October 4, 2012  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

They've figured him out, yet they still can't figure out how he is sitting atop the division right now

Just goes to show you: The Iggles lose even when they win.

October 4, 2012  09:37 AM ET

It's several things. The league has figured him out a bit, plus he's being asked to do things unnatural to him (stay in the pocket), plus he's not the athlete he was in Atlanta.

October 4, 2012  09:46 AM ET

This is like saying the best way the neutralize a receiver is to not let him get behind the defense. Common sense. Putting a qb on his aaaaaz is how you stop ANY qb. Ask Brady about the Giants.

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