Starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles Michael Vick has earned Associated Press 2010 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award. He received 29.5 out of a possible 50 votes to earn this Comeback Player Award.
When he was with the Atlanta Falcons, during his last season in 2006 before serving prison time for his illegal dogfighting ring, he had 75.7 quarterback rating on 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions on 2,474 passing yards. His best rating while with the Falcons was in 2002 with an 81.6 quarterback rating with 16 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on 2,936 passing yards.
This season, after dealing with the quarterback controversy with Kevin Kolb and contending with injuries, Vick had a quarterback rating of 100.2 on 21 touchdowns and 6 inteceptions on 3,018 yards passing. He also rushed for 676 yards and 9 touchdowns. Compared to last year, serving as a decoy under Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick only had a quarterback rating of 93.7 on 1 touchdown and 86 passing yards. Since Donovan McNabb’s departure and release from the Washington Redskins, Michael Vick is the only reasonable choice as starter for next season, and his upcoming franchise tag dictates as such.
However, not to beat a dead horse, Michael Vick still lacks leadership and comraderie on the sideline. Even with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, Vick does not have the responsiveness that Donovan McNabb had. Also, he steals away the rushing touchdowns and experience that LeSean McCoy needs. And I won’t even get into the dispute earlier this season with tight end Brent Celek.
Nonetheless, Michael Vick did deserve the award this season. On the other side of the coin, Associated Press unanimously voted New England Patriots 2010 NFL Most Valuable Player Award for his brilliant performance this season. If Tom Brady was selected 2009 Comeback Player of the Year Award and he was successful this year, perhaps it can give Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles a slight glimmer of hope — or slight delusions thereof. Whenever next season begins, the Eagles organization will have a lot of question marks. Michael Vick’s award won’t eradicate that.