Michael Vick Talks About the Upcoming Game Against the Steelers

By Alan Schechter
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Nov 2, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Jets quarterback

Michael Vick

(1) rolls out to pass against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the offensive struggles on Sunday, Michael Vick’s 100+ passer rating and no turnovers earned him the chance to start another week. Rex Ryan stated after the game that as long as he was healthy, they were going to go with Mike. So at least for the time being, Michael Vick is the starting quarterback for the New York Jets.

He talked with the media yesterday about the upcoming game. Vick is aware that they are going to have to put up a lot of points to have a chance against Pittsburgh:

Yeah, we know we’re going to have to score some points. The good thing is we always put ourselves in a position to score points. From this point on, we’ve got to tighten up on the details and make sure that when we do have an opportunity to score and we’re in the red zone that we do come away with some type of points, but more so touchdowns than field goals.

The Jets did have some success on offense on Sunday, and Vick talked about building from there:

I think we just keep working. We keep working hard. I think it’s important to study the film. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a tough team and they’re on a roll, they’re hot right now. Whatever type of indicators we can get to help ourselves, to put ourselves in a position where we can keep them on their heels and move the ball methodically and score some points and keep Ben (Roethlisberger) off the field. We’re going to have to do that. I think everybody’s up for it. We understand what needs to happen and we’ve got to go do it.

Does Vick feel pressure to keep his team from being the first Jets team to endure a nine game losing streak?

You don’t want to be on the wrong end of one of those types of goals. You try (not) to be a team losing nine games straight, but the most important thing for us to do is to try to focus on this week, don’t worry about anything outside of what’s going on here in this building, do everything in our power to try to get a win this week and then go into the Bye Week feeling good and ready to finish strong.

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Personally, I think Vick is putting a lot of stock in the fact that the Jets can move the ball between the 20’s. Saying they are always in a position to score points is overstating things. It can be done, but it would be hard to predict that the Jets will be able to stay with the Steelers. I guess Vick’s optimism is good, though.

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