Compared to the astounding media parade last season with his awesome performances, Philadelphia Eagles Micheal Vick has fallen short in the opening month of the 2011 regular season. During the 12 games that he played during the 2010 regular season, he 3,018 total passing yards, a 62.6 percent passing completion rate, 21 touchdowns, 6 interceptions and a stellar 100.2 quarterback rating. But his mortality has come back to bite him and the Philadelphia Eagles after his backup declared the Philadelphia Eagles “The Dream Team.” The dream has become a nightmare for the Eagles as Micheal Vick has suffered a break in his non-throwing hand and has been deemed questionable.
Statistically, Michael Vick is still performing better than he did with the Atlanta Falcons but not by much. In the final season with the Atlanta Falcons in 2006, he had 2,474 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a 75.7 quarterback rating. Comparing it to today’s statistics to date, he has 605 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and an 87.7 quarterback rating. Admittedly, he still lacks an offensive line. On the other hand, those who considered Michael Vick an elite quarterback have swallowed a bitter pill this season so far. Presently, he is ranked 16th among quarterbacks by rating with inconsistent Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman and San Francisco 49ers Alex Smith both performing better than him with a 90.6 and 91.3 quarterback rating respectively.
After evaluating all three regular season games to date with the St. Louis Rams, the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Giants, only with the Atlanta Falcons had he near a 100 quarterback rating. The other games with the St. Louis Rams and the New York Giants he had a 73.8 and 83.7 quarterback rating respectively.
After all said and done, again the Philadelphia Eagles fans are calling for head coach Andy Reid’s resignation, and football life has returned to normal in Philadelphia. This time it may be justified as his new coaches Juan Castillo and Howard Mudd have not demonstrated exceeding prowess as of late. The Carolina Panthers defense run by former Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott is ranked ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles defense, and the Panthers defense could become considerably better in the next few seasons. The Philadelphia Eagles are a far cry from “The Dream Team” on paper, and it has shown. They should still be capable of winning the NFC East, but beyond that, I’m not so sure.
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