Michael Vick said he went over the game in his mind 400 or 500 times, trying to figure out what the Lions might do and what it might be like in his first start since 2006.
“When the game is finally here, in the moment, you go out and make the plays and then afterward you go back and see how you did,” Vick said. “It’s a great feeling to know we won the game and I made a contribution.”
Vick posted 321 yards in offense as the Eagles beat Detroit. Now, he is likely to return to the bench after Kevin Kolb was cleared.
“It’s not going to be difficult at all,” Vick said. “I have to continue to prepare the way I have been preparing within my package [of plays] and help this team win football games.”
Asked about his long road back, Vick thanked the Eagles organization, the coaches, the commissioner, Tony Dungy and Jesus Christ.
“I think about it all the time,” he said of his journey. “I thought about it this morning on the bus ride over. It’s been a long road for me. It’s been tough. That’s just the game of life … I have to be resilient. There are a lot of self-inflicted wounds. You just gotta keep fighting, gotta keep believing … I think I know that now.”
More from Vick:
“It was great being out there today. It was great just having the opportunity to make some plays for this team. To make more positive plays than negative plays, that is the primary goal and we did it. We started off slow and we were able to fight back.”
“I feel like I had a great performance. The only things you dwell on are the plays you left on the field. I have to go back and watch the film and see how I can improve.”
On the delay of game penalty: “I can’t show my emotion. I can’t get caught up in what’s going on … I have to use better judgment. I let the team down.”
On the sacks: “I didn’t think they were going to blitz that much. As a quarterback, you can’t let the blitz surprise you … Those guys are professionals. They are going to get to you at times … We gave up quite a few sacks. We’ll go back and look at the film and see what we can do to avoid that.”
On the early TD to DeSean Jackson: “The first drive set the tone. Those are plays that you need in certain points in the game. He’s an exceptional player … The offensive line has to get credit for making plays throughout the game … DeSean got good separation from the defender. I looked off one safety and came back backside and made the play downfield. Any time you have a guy running one on one with him, he’s going to beat him. You just have to have confidence in him and believe in him and that’s why I gave him the opportunity.”
To read our earlier post with Andy Reid's postgame comments, click here.