Michael Vick has turned the ball over 11 times in five games, including two key fumbles in yesterday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In total, he has fumbled the ball 8 times this year, and lost five of them. He has more lost fumbles than 6 NFL teams have total turnovers.
The most worrisome part of it for the Eagles is that Vick has no idea why it’s happening and, as a result, no idea how to fix it. Here’s what he told reporters after the game:
“I wish I could tell you, but I don’t have any explanation. I’ve never had a problem with fumbling before. It was one of those things. Everything happens for a reason, and if it was meant to be, I wouldn’t have fumbled at the goal line.”
There’s some truth to Vick’s idea that lost fumbles are totally luck-based. In general, fumble recovery rates can vary greatly from year to year.
But if you watch the Eagles games closely, you can’t help but conclude that Vick is just not securing the ball at tightly as he should.
Here he fumbles at the one-yard line because he’s holding the ball loose and slightly away from his body as he dives toward the goal line:
Earlier in the game, he fumbled while diving for a first down without even being tackled.
He is not just getting unlucky. The way he carries the ball and his insistence on trying to extend plays in the pocket is the reason he’s coughing the ball up so much.
It’s fixable, but only if he recognises what the problem is.
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