2010 Year in Review
Last season, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick blossomed into an elite quarterback early, but as the Eagles offense was firing on all cylinders, the wheels gradually came off as defenses figured out how to exploit Michael Vick’s weaknesses. Alas, we are in a brand new season with new players moving on. Former Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb has moved onto bigger and better things with the Minnesota Vikings. Former Philadelphia Eagles starter and backup Kevin Kolb has moved onto the Arizona Cardinals. And current Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Michael Vick now has former Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young as his backup while one of his star wideouts DeSean Jackson is holding out for a better contract. Then there’s the “Dream Team” media frenzy…
Rewind back to 2010, and Vick had 3,018 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, 6 interceptions and a stellar 100.2 quarterback rating. Michael Vick started strong with his games against the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars. In the Detroit Lions game, he had 284 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and a 108.0 quarterback rating. The game after, with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he had yet another impressive showing with 291 passing yards, 3 touchdowns and a 119.2 quarterback rating. However, that night on November 15th with the Washington Redskins was his most impressive showing. He had 333 passing yards, 4 touchdowns and a 150.7 quarterback rating. It was a short-lived parade as the New York Giants found a way to counter Michael Vick using ironically the Philadelphia Eagles defensive measures — constant blitzing and constant pressure. He had 258 passing yards, no touchdowns and an average 83.0 quarterback rating in his game against the New York Giants. Thereafter, the rest of the opposing teams caught on as the Dallas Cowboys perfected the New York Giants original formula, and the Minnesota Vikings defense had their variant on frustrating Michael Vick. In the final regular season game against the Minnesota Vikings, he had 263 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception and a mediocre 74.1 quarterback rating. Granted, at that time, the defenses were finally taking their toll on Michael Vick, and his physical frailty, more or less, put the tombstone on the Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers. Vick had 292 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception and a meager 79.9 quarterback rating in that playoff game, and the Philadelphia Eagles were knocked out of playoff contention.
However, not to downplay how Micheal Vick played in 2010, he did rank fourth in quarterback rating overall with 100.2 behind Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. His completion percentage of 62.6 ranked him 10th among quarterbacks during the 2010 regular season.
But that was then, and this is now…
2011 Outlook and Beyond
It’s funny how Fate likes to work. Now Michael Vick has Vince Young as his backup with a one-year contract. He was designated the franchise player before the lockout, and his contract still grants him one more season with the Philadelphia Eagles. The questions of his health and his consistency will be pertinent this season, now more than ever. If he can withstand the punishment after the Philadelphia Eagles bye and remain efficient and productive, he should be granted a long-term contract after this season ends. He will be facing the Dallas Cowboys, the Chicago Bears, the New York Giants, the New England Patriots , the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys (again) after the bye week. Some of these defenses are physical while the others are merely fast. Since the templates still exist for stopping Micheal Vick, he might be in for a long season.
2011 Fantasy Football Quarterback Prospect
The new ESPN quarterback ratings system potentially puts Michael Vick as an elite quarterback. However, I would not be so quick to put Michael Vick on a pedestal quite yet. He has demonstrated significant improvement since his seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, but then again, he’s in a much more punishing division of the NFC East. He should still be picked up early in the draft, expecting QB1 numbers early. After the Eagles bye week, it will be punishing although there will be a couple of weeks of reprieve in between each gauntlet. At that time, he could potentially fall into solid QB2 to low-end QB1 numbers, if he doesn’t suffer significant injuries. I would heartily recommend handcuffing Vince Young as your backup, if you possibly can. Vince Young, in my honest opinion, could be the better quarterback of the two as Vince Young may be the more intelligent quarterback whereas Michael Vick may be the more instinctive.