A Healthy Michael Vick Finishes The Season Strong, But What NextBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, NFL, Quarterbacks Monday, January 2nd, 2012
Few teams that fail to make the playoffs one season become one of the favored teams to win the following Super Bowl before the off season even begins. The Eagles are the exception.
The Birds’ 34-10 victory over the Redskins in the 2011 season finale capped a four game wining streak for the under achieving “Dream Team.” Once again, a shining star for Philadelphia was its six-foot quarterback Michael Vick.
In the win, the former Virginia Tech star put together one of his better games of the season. However, it was game that bared no meaning, against a Redskins team that had mailed it in many weeks prior.
Nonetheless, the ex-Hookie threw for three touchdowns for the first time this season. The former Falcon had his third 300-yard game of the year, and set a new career high with 3,303 passing yards in a season. Vick finished with a passer rating that exceeded 100 for the third consecutive week and fifth time overall in the 2011 campaign.
The Warwick High grad had a rocky start to a season that seemed doomed from the very beginning. He followed it up by showing character and moxie late in the year, even if the outcome was not what the fans had hoped for at seasons start.
The page must now be turned to the 2012 season. With the expectation that the Eagles will add personnel to stabilize the defense, the team should be in a great position to make a championship run.
Yet, even if the front office comes through and fills the holes on the Eagles defense, one glaring concern still remains – the health of Michael Vick.
The four-time Pro Bowler has played in 16 games just one time in his career. Although he had some time away from football, Vick has not played in more than 13 games since the 2006 season with the Falcons.
Aside from the obvious, why is this important when chasing a championship?
Not since Brad Johnson quarterbacked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl XXXVII victory, has a team won the championship with a signal caller who played in less then 15 games.
If Vick were aware of this information, perhaps he would slightly alter his style of play. The hits and bruises will add up sooner or later.
Michael Vick is only helping his team when he is healthy. It is time for the quarterback to sacrifice a couple of yards to play in a couple of more games.
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