Vick lives to throw another day

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who injured his right hand against the Giants on the weekend, has...

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who injured his right hand against the Giants on the weekend, has cleared himself to play Sunday against the 49ers. (Getty Images)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:26 PM ET

TORONTO - It was a good day if you happened to be Michael Vick.

On Wednesday, Vick told reporters he would likely be good-to-go for Sunday’s home game against the San Francisco 49ers, that his injured right hand (his non-throwing hand) would not pose a problem.

“I think there is a 100% chance I will be out on the field this week,” Vick told reporters after practice. “I just want to be there for my teammates and hold myself accountable for my responsibilities and what I have to do as a quarterback. Regardless of what I have to go through, I just want to be there.”

Earlier in the day, Pro Football Talk reported that Vick’s comments regarding officials not throwing flags when he was being hit, made after Sunday’s loss to the Giants, would not result in a fine.

“We did not regard it as criticism,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello informed PFT. “He made an observation and raised a question for which his club can obtain answers.”

Still, Vick did call into play the officials’ judgement regarding what he perceived to be late hits.

Vick said he “absolutely” doesn’t get calls other quarterbacks get and added that “refs gotta do their job as well.”

But apparently that isn’t viewed as criticism of officials.

WELKER CATCHES EVERYTHING

Yes, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is going crazy throwing the ball as he has completed 93 of 133 pass attempts for a 70% completion average and 1,327 yards.

When you throw that often and complete so many, somebody has to be catching the ball and on New England the somebody more often than not is Wes Welker, the diminutive speedster.

Through their opening three games, Welker has caught a league-high 31 passes for 458 yards and four touchdowns. That puts him on a ridiculous pace for 165 receptions and 2,443 yards, both figures being league records.

Welker’s greatest asset is that he is so quick off the line. Two strides in and he’s in top gear and over the first 10 yards there is nobody that can keep up with him. Plus he has great hands.

“He’s just a great player,” Brady gushed. “And he’s been that way since the day he got here. He had a great game last week (16 catches, 217 yards), an individual effort that made some incredible plays. He always seems to do that. In Miami he did the same thing.

“He’s done that in practice every day. Every day in training camp he never misses a day. He’s just a tough, hard-nosed football player. You can never underestimate someone that has had to work the way he’s had to work ’cause he hasn’t had all the opportunities that maybe a lot of other guys had early in his career. He still works as hard today as he’s ever worked. I love being out there with him. He’s a great teammate, an incredible player, receiver, leader on this team and teams are trying to find ways to try to take Wes away.”

CHIEFS HAVE BIG PROBLEMS

It’s hard to believe how poorly the Kansas City Chiefs offence has played this season.

In their loss to San Diego last Sunday, the Chiefs turned in their best offensive performance but incredibly registered zero first downs in the opening half.

On the season the Chiefs have totalled just 38 first downs and all of 732 yards of total offence which led to speculation that head coach Todd Haley would be taking over the play calling from offensive coordinator Bill Muir.

Haley, though, shot that down.

“Bill Muir is our playcaller,” he told the Kansas City Star.

Whoever is calling the plays, they aren’t working. The Chiefs are a run-first offence that has lost their best running back, Jamaal Charles. Quarterback Matt Cassel has attempted just 82 passes and gained 428 yards. Those are terrible figures given the fact that two of their losses have been blowouts and still Cassel hasn’t been able to gain any ‘garbage time’ yardage.

Part of the problem could be that in his four seasons as a starting quarterback, Cassel has dealt with five offensive coordinators, which is hardly a scenario for success.

Last season the offence and Cassel were productive under Charlie Weiss but this season they have simply been under performing and overwhelmed.

The Chiefs have problems on a lot of fronts with their offensive woes near the top.

RAVENS THROW RAMS A CURVE

The St. Louis Rams have forged an 0-3 start to their season the old fashioned way — they’ve earned it by being outplayed on both sides of the ball.

Defensively, however, they have looked particularly inept, no game moreso than in last week’s 37-7 thumping by the Baltimore Ravens.

In the game the Ravens raced to a 21-0 first-quarter lead on three Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith touchdown passes, something that Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo said they weren’t prepared for.

Spagnuolo based his defensive game plan on stopping Baltimore running back Ray Rice and didn’t react quickly enough when the Ravens threw them a curve.

“I can tell you, as I stood in front of the team on Saturday night, the main gist from a defensive standpoint was to stop 27 (Rice),” Spagnuolo told reporters. “I don’t know that we would change that.

“I think that guy is special. I think he makes that whole team go. Now go back to before the game and be ‘us’ for a little bit. They had their No. 2 and No. 3 receiver hurt. So you’re playing with 4 and 5 (as well as No. 1 receiver Anquan Boldin).

“And the best player on the team is a running back. So the idea was to go in and stop their best player in hopes that we could survive the other things. Now, it was a lot more challenging than we thought for a couple reasons. Torrey Smith obviously is a good football player. We knew he was fast. And the other thing, (Joe) Flacco put all those balls right where they had to be. So I credit him for that. He made it a little bit tough.”

And the Rams suffered a third loss.

Back to the drawing board.


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