This has been the season of erratic teams with great teams falling apart and bad teams of the past rising like the phoenix. However, the great teams have finally risen at the end of the season — when it counted. However, some of the others, like the San Diego Chargers, have buckled under their own weight. The ultimate fight for NFL’s MVP of the season, however, rests between Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles. Who’s the better? It’s time to weigh in on the situation.
Quarterbacks – Passing/Traditional
In the past, this debate has been upon Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. However, this has not been a traditional season where the Colts, Saints and Patriots contend for top of the ladder — besides Brady and the Patriots. In terms of passing statistics, Tom Brady has 34 touchdowns, 4 interceptions and an admirable 109.8 quarterback rating. He has compiled 3,701 yards passing to date. On the Eagles side of the ball, Michael Vick has 20 touchdowns, 5 interceptions and a 103.6 quarterback rating. He has compiled 2,755 yards passing to date. Based on perception of a traditional quarterback, Tom Brady is the better quarterback.
Quarterback – Rushing
This leads Tom Brady out of the question since he is a pocket passer and a very good one. But there leads to some debate on this one for Michael Vick. True, he is the better rushing quarterback this season compared to the likes of Peyton Manning or Drew Brees. But let’s compare him a quarterback from the past who liked rushing as well, like Warren Moon. Warren Moon was an above-average quarterback only averaged an 80.9 rating in his lifetime career. And he was most successful as a Houston Oiler in 1990 when he achieved a 96.8 rating on 33 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and 4,689 passing yards. In that year, he also rushed for 215 yards. Playing ratios, that’s still only 22:1 ratio of passing to rushing. Compared to Michael Vick’s current statistics, Vick has 2,755 passing yards, 613 rushing yards and that comes out to 5:1 ratio of passing to rushing. Also, bear in mind that Vick now has 8 rushing touchdowns to date whereas Warren Moon never had beyond 5.
Leadership and Character
Although the Patriots were guilty of Spygate in the past, Tom Brady was never directly involved with head coach Bill Belichick’s affair in that. For the most part, aside from the Brady-Manning debates, he’s kept his nose clean. And for this season, he has led the Patriots to a playoff berth, a bye-week and home-field advantage. For the most part, Brady is considered a leader on the team, and with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead, Aaron Hernandez, Deion Branch and Wes Welker all involved, this is one stable and happy team.
Meanwhile, Michael Vick was convicted two years ago of running an illegal dog-fighting ring and of funneling money to his family and friends to avoid legal authorities from confiscating it. He is currently under legal obligations to pay off court costs and lawsuits, and he has been trying all season to convince the general public and the press that he’s a changed man. In terms of leadership on the field, tight end Brent Celek has demonstrated frustration, and soon, LeSean MccCoy may too. Vick has served as nothing more than an agreeable mouthpiece for Andy Reid. His leadership qualities have been questionable this season.
Accolades and Awards
Tom Brady has three Super Bowl rings to date and two Super Bowl MVP awards. Brady has the 5th highest career passing rating of all time with 95.0. Other than in college at Virginia Tech, Michael Vick had no awards or accolades to date. While in Virginia Tech, in 1999, he did have the highest passer rating of 180.4 for a freshmen and earned the ESPY award as the nation’s top college player and the first-ever Archie Griffin award as college’s MVP. Well, Tom Brady gets the edge in this one.
The MVP Award
The MVP award should definitely go to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Based on leadership, traditional quarterbacking statistics and accolades, Brady leads Vick by several miles. However, Vick should earn the Comeback Award for this season. He has demonstrated that he may be considered an elite quarterback, but that should be taken with a grain of salt, as demonstrated earlier stacking him with Warren Moon.