Michael Vick is a Philadelphia Eagle. According to Chris Mortensen at ESPN, Vick signed a two-year contract with Philadelphia. The signing has been confirmed by Vick’s agent Joel Segal. So the long wait is over. Vick finally found a home. What does this mean for Vick and the Eagles?
Michael Vick has always been a QB riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a running back enigma. Depending on who you talk to, Vick is either a talented franchise-type quarterback who’s better than half the signal callers in the NFL or a glorified running back who should never be allowed to throw a football again.
The truth is somewhere in the middle.
People forget just how sick Vick was when he stormed into the league in 2001. Coming out of Virginia Tech, Vick was an electrifying talent who drove defensive coordinators nuts with his slippery speed and embarrassed some of the best defensive players in the game with his patented joystick jukes.
Let’s not forget that Vick’s a three-time Pro Bowler. No other quarterback has rushed for more yards in a single game (173) or a single season (1,039). Randall Cunningham (4,928) and Steve Young (4,239) are the only two quarterbacks with more career rushing yards than Vick (3,859). And it took Cunningham and Young 15 seasons to rack up those rushing yards. Vick accomplished his total in six seasons.
On the flip side, there are clear issues with Vick’s passing game. He may have a Stinger missile launcher for an arm, but Vick also has issues with accuracy (he’s never completed more than 56 percent of his passes in any NFL season), defensive reads and for some reason, the guy just doesn’t know how to put touch on the football. When a receiver who’s 10-15 yards downfield is looking for a lob pass, he shouldn’t have to worry that his fingers will be broken by a questionable cannon blast from number 7.
Still wondering if Vick is a dodgy passer? I give you Exhibit A: Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White. White, who’s developed into one of top receivers in the NFL, played two years with Vick and two years without him. In the two seasons with Vick, White caught 59 passes for 952 yards and 3 touchdowns. He averaged 29.8 receiving yards per game. In the two seasons without Vick, White caught 171 passes for 2,584 yards and 13 touchdowns. He averaged 80.8 yards per game.
Vick’s career completion percentage is 53.8. That’s equal to JaMarcus Russell’s completion percentage from last season. Among all signal callers last year, only Derek Anderson was worse. He completed a league-worst 50.2 percent of his passes. So when it comes to accuracy, Vick is clearly not a top-tier quarterback.
But still, there’s no denying the fact that Vick has the tools to be a difference maker. Whether he’s used as a backup to the oft-injured Donovan McNabb, a part-time centerpiece in the Wildcat formation or some new hybrid running back-receiver-returner-punter, Vick will be a valuable addition to an already stacked team in Philly. With backup QB Kevin Kolb out with a knee injury, the move makes a lot of sense.