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Vick does some Mudd-slinging in Philly

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Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick blames his decline in production the past two season on offensive line coach Howard Mudd.

Mudd replaced Juan Castillo, who was shifted to defense after the 2011 season, and Vick said his difficulties and the offense's struggles start with the resulting scheme and personnel changes.

"Because Howard and Juan are two totally different personalities and two totally different schemes," Vick told The Philadelphia Inquirer. "And they like their own caliber of players. It was different. But we lost Juan to the defense, so I had to go with what I had to go with."

Vick will start what likely will be his final game with the Eagles on Sunday against the New York Giants. He has not played since he suffered a concussion on Nov. 11.

"Just being honest and candid about the situation, things changed dramatically (with Mudd)". Vick said. "It is what it is. We all kind of gradually worked out way into it until we got comfortable. I had to learn new protection schemes, verbiage. And we shuffled around a lot of players. So everybody had to start all over."

In nine games this season, Vick has thrown for 2,165 yards with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions and has rushed for 307 yards. Two years ago, Vick threw for more than 3,000 yards and rushed for nearly 700.
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