Michael Vick used the word “frustrating” multiple times in his postgame press conference, before stopping himself. “I’m not going to continue to use that word, but it’s tough.”
He began with, “It’s shocking. It’s frustrating. Other than that, I don’t know what to say.”
He also pointed at the players, rather than the coaches. “We just have to figure it all out. We need to take the coaches out of the equation … we have to take into consideration ourselves and go out and make it happen. That’s about it. They can’t go on the field and play for us. We have to go out and make it work. We have to get it done. We have to get it done.”
Vick’s frustration bubbled over when asked his “feelings” at being 1-3.
“Do I really have to explain how I feel at 1-3? Do I really have to explain that to everyone here? It’s frustrating. I can’t put that into words.”
Vick also was clear that he needs to play better. “I take full responsibility. There are a lot of things that I can do better. I gotta figure it out.”
Overall, he said, “We had high expectation. We can still do it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not over. We have to dig deep. There’s really nothing else to be said. It’s self-explanatory.”
Asked about the defense, Vick said. “There are three phases of the game that you have to excel at for 16 weeks, offense, defense and special teams. The offense has to do their part, the defense has to do their part, the special teams has to do their part … It’s us as players figuring out what has to be done in the moment. Everything has to be right. Everybody has to be in the right place. Certain times in the game that are gut checks. .. Everybody has to have that.”
Vick said his finger popped out of the place in the first half, but that he was going to “finish the game regardless.”
On the short yardage struggles, “We have the right personnel to get it done. You get down in the red zone. You get anxious … You have to have a collective effort and everyone on the same page. Sometimes you have to give the other team credit. That team is the No. 1 team in the league in the red zone.”
He then related a story from Steve Young, and the approach he took. “It’s an over my dead body attitude that we have to take. At the same time staying fundamentally sound, mentally sharp and let the mental and physical abilities take over. Some people have it and some people don’t. We’re going to find out who’s got it.”
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