Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Vick admitted that the media made him change how he played the position by insisting that he had to be a “pocket passer.” Vick’s greatest strength has always been his ability to improvise out of the pocket and be a “run-pass” threat.
New Eagles coach Chip Kelly, known for his “basketball on grass” style of offense, has an offense system that is more suited to Vick’s strengths. In the past, Vick said “that he tried to become more of a pocket passer in part to placate members of the media who said he wouldn’t be able to hold up to the physical challenges of playing a 16-game season if he was taking off and running regularly.”
“You guys act like I get hurt once a week,” Vick said. “You all did that to me. Made me change the way I played the game.”
Vick noted that he was not able to play the game he wanted to because he was constantly thinking about how he would be judged if he were not a so-called “pocket passer” and vowed to be unshackled this year.