Eagles Notebook: Vick issues wakeup call to Eagles teammates

Posted: October 06, 2011

TIME TO wake up, Michael Vick said yesterday.

"I don't think we're putting in more effort than in previous weeks, there's just a sense of urgency now. Guys see the position that we're in. I think they understand what it's going to take to get back, and how some things are going to have to change. We're dedicated and committed to it, and we want to make that happen," the Eagles' quarterback said, as the 1-3 Birds began preparations for Sunday's game at 3-1 Buffalo.

Since national reporters were present, Vick was asked one more time about the "Dream Team" albatross backup QB Vince Young inadvertently hung around the Eagles' neck the first week at Lehigh.

"I think the 'Dream Team,' that word is dead now," Vick said. "You can't talk 'Dream Team' anymore. Maybe it put pressure on some players, maybe it didn't. I think just the fact that it was around, was talked about, creates a sense of pressure. It's over with now. We're one of the teams that has to scratch and kick from the bottom now, and try to figure out how we can get ourselves back to some position where we can compete with the best teams in this league."

If Vick can really get a cease-fire declared on that front, he ought to consider a presidential bid in 2012.

Vick's message yesterday, not surprisingly, was that the solution lies ahead, not behind, and that the Eagles "can't turn back the hands of time and do it over again."

How confident is he that the Eagles, who have blown fourth-quarter leads 3 weeks in a row while being outscored, 36-0, can turn around their season?

"Very confident. I'm confident in each and every guy in this locker room that they're able to get it done, confident in myself . . . we're the ones who can turn it around," Vick said.

Vick said he based his confidence on the way players went about their business Monday and Tuesday, when they weren't practicing. Eagles coach Andy Reid earlier alluded to the same thing.

"We had guys in here lifting weights, working, watching film. We want to make it right. We're going to make it right," Vick said. "Just the feel around the building, just the vibe that we're getting right now from one another. Just focus on taking it one play at a time, one game at a time."

Asked what has to change first, Vick didn't hesitate: "Red zone, on offense and defense."

Maclin speaks

Wideout Jeremy Maclin spoke to reporters yesterday for the first time since his fumble at the San Francisco 31 killed the possibility of a game-winning field goal, just before the 2-minute warning against the 49ers Sunday.

"Just take care of the football, simple as that," Maclin said. "In the red zone, when it matters most, it always matters to take care of the football, just when you get into critical situations, you have to be that much more careful."

Maclin's fumble actually was not a red-zone turnover, but the Eagles have had one of those in each of their four games, all of which they led going into the fourth quarter.

Tapp dance

Defensive end Darryl Tapp was a full-practice participant yesterday for the first time since suffering a pectoral muscle injury in the season opener. It seems very likely the team thinks Tapp will play Sunday, since defensive end Trent Cole (calf) is all but officially out and the team didn't make a move to add a defensive end.

Another defensive end, Juqua Parker, was a limited practice participant, but seems unlikely to play Sunday.

Tapp said his chest felt "a little fatigued" after pratice.

"I haven't practiced like that in 3 weeks," he said. "I've got to continue to work it out, trust the treatment."


Drew Rosenhaus was around NovaCare yesterday, apparently visiting with clients, and did not talk with the Eagles. There is not a sense that a DeSean Jackson deal is near. It wouldn't be a shock if the Birds moved to extend another Rosenhaus client, Shady McCoy, whose contract expires after next season . . . Offensive tackle Winston Justice said he wasn't disappointed not to be picked to start in place of injured starter Jason Peters, because Justice's repaired left knee still hurts and is not 100 percent, he said. Justice has not been active for a game yet this season, though the Eagles listed him as "probable" on their injury report Friday . . . Andy Reid said his starting safeties, Jarrad Page and Nate Allen, won't change from Sunday . . . Tight end Brent Celek was listed as a limited practice participant because of illness.

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