Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick: 2011 Reality Check and 2012 Fantasy Football Outlook

2011 Reality Check

2011 was the year in which Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick fell to earth.  I commented on this earlier in the year, decidedly saying that he would fall into solid QB2 or low-end QB1.   In either case, he produced as expected in most of the regular season games. producing such solid QB2 or low-end QB1 numbers.  Aside from him contending with injuries and the DeSean Jackson debacle, 2011 was not one of his better seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

This regular season, he produced 3,303 passing yards, 18 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and an above-average 84.9 quarterback rating.  On top of that, he had 3 turnovers.  Compared to his 2010 regular season, he produced 3,018 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 6 fumbles and a 100.2 quarterback rating.  Obviously, Michael Vick had a heavy dose of reality, but he still did better than his 2004 season with the Atlanta Falcons.  However, this is not saying much as Vick has reached his peak, more or less, in my honest opinion.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was inconsistent much of this past season.  He started fairly strong against his former team, the Atlanta Falcons, with 242 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, an interception and a 103.6 quarterback rating.   His best game was against the Dallas Cowboys in which they were trounced 34-7.  Vick had 279 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and a 129.9 quarterback rating.  To keep things in perspective, he was facing the Cowboys 23rd-ranked passing defense during the regular season.  During the 2011 regular season, he had his worst game against the Arizona Cardinals.  Ironically, the Cardinals defense was almost as comparable to the Dallas Cowboys defense.  The Cardinals defense was ranked 18th in overall defense and 17th in passing defense during the regular season.  Yet Michael Vick only threw for 128 yards, had 2 interceptions and a dismal 32.5 quarterback rating.

2012 Fantasy Football Outlook

For the 2012 regular season, I would place Michael Vick again as a solid QB2, and he should be capped at a high-end QB2 at best.  Vick is prone to injury, fumbles and inconsistency as he has demonstrated the past two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.  He should be handcuffed — if not with Vince Young, then some other quarterback when drafted.  He has reached his peak or thereabouts, I believe. He’s essentially the Eagles’ Brett Favre minus the drama.  However, line coach Howard Mudd will help the offensive line, but it won’t change the fact that Michael Vick is above-average at best.  Comparatively, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has an upside due to his youth and athleticism.


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