Vick’s interceptions are misleading

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“If that’s an incompletion, we’ve got fourth-and-two,” Avant said. “But that’s the game of football. It can go really bad one week, and it can go real right for the next 11.”

Vick’s other three interceptions were fluke plays. He was picked by Kelvin Hayden in Week 2 against Atlanta. Hayden made a diving grab, got up and ran two yards before he was tackled.

Replays showed the ball hit the ground before Hayden caught it and NBC apologized to Reid for not showing a replay quickly enough.

In Week 3 against the New York Giants, Vick threw an interception on a ball that bounced out of receiver’s Steve Smith’s hands and to a defender.

Against the San Francisco 49ers the following week, a similar pick occurred when a deep pass to DeSean Jackson bounced out of his hands and to a defender.

“As a quarterback, an interception is an interception,” Vick said. “Regardless of how you look at it, the world is going to judge you as throwing an interception. Some of them are tipped and some of them are straight shots, where guys just pick them off. You hate that balls that are tipped because you can’t control that. But an interception is an interception and you just can’t have them in this game.”

Vick is 29th on the all-time list for the lowest interception ratio at 2.8 percent. Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young were at 2.6. Peyton Manning is at 2.7.

Wynn, by the way, threw seven interceptions and one touchdown in 152 pass attempts for Cleveland and Minnesota in 2000-01.

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Notes: Reid denied a report that former NFL coach Eric Mangini was offered a position as a defensive consultant. “I didn’t offer it to anybody. That was all fabricated,” Reid said. … DE Trent Cole (calf), DE Juqua Parker (ankle), LT Jason Peters (hamstring) and DT Cullen Jenkins (triceps) didn’t practice Wednesday. S Jarrad Page (stinger) had limited participation.

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