As if taking down the Colts in week 9 was not enough, the beat down the Eagles took to the Redskins on Monday night had to have Eagles’ fans thinking Super Bowl.
It goes without saying that the difference is the presence of Michael Vick. Vick has completely changed the face of the Eagles offense, as he did in Atlanta many years ago. However, Vick’s play has a completely different feel to it than it did in those days.
Whether it was Vick’s extensive incarceration that caused it, or merely a coming of age experience, he has certainly changed, and in more ways that one. According to thePhiladelphia Daily News, he dedicates some of his current ambitions to the tribulations he has faced.
“I think about it all the time. That’s my motivation, that’s what drives me,” said Vick . “Every time I step out on the field on game day, it’s like Christmas to me.”
Vick’s advancement on the football field is fueled by the progress that he has made off it. Monday night’s win provoked talks of MVP potential and rightfully so. No player seems more valuable to their team right now than Vick.
The Eagles have put up 26+ points in each game in which Vick has played the game in its entirety. The Eagles are a perfect 4-0 in these games.
Vick’s completion percentage this season is currently the best in his career, and even with the fair share of playing time he has missed due to his rib injury, at 11 TD’s Vick is on pace to pass for his most TD’s in a season (20). His yards per game and yards per attempt are also at their height with his QB rating at a gaudy 115.1, over thirty points better than any full season he has played.
Vick’s reemergence is the icing on the cake for an Eagles team that already looked like a playoff team. Vick merely puts them over the top. DeSean Jackson is undoubtedly one of the league’s most explosive receivers, and the progress of LeSean McCoy/Jeremy Maclin cannot be understated. Jason Avant is no slouch, either. The Eagles are fast, very fast, and Vick’s ability to keep plays going only allows his weapons to find open space.
The only player sitting on the outside looking in statistically has been tight-end Brent Celek. Celek’s talents seem to fit into the scheme of the more traditional offense under Kevin Kolb, but Vick’s offense looks almost too dynamic to make Celek anything other than a role player, as if it matters. Celek is a strong, fully-capable tight-end that has the speed to block down field as well as off the line.
The Eagles currently have the league’s 11th ranked defense and are tied for 6th in sacks. The defense is also a unit built on speed and their ability to get to the quarterback quickly allows the Eagles’ cornerbacks to be more aggressive off the snap.
The Eagles are a frightening team to see on a schedule and that won’t change as long as Vick stays healthy. At age 30, his athletic abilities are still in full force, but it is his pocket presence and play-to-play intelligence he is exhibiting that has turned the corner from being looked at as an athletic freak to one of the best all-around QB’s in the league.
How many teams are kicking themselves for not taking a chance on Michael Vick?
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Written by Zachary Stanley
By the end of the fall I will have obtained a Bachelor's degree from Ithaca College. I have been blogging for quite some time and am greatly enjoying my various responsibilities in this field. I am currently a Feature Celtics Columnist and a Featured Sports Contributor for two different sites. I am also a couple weeks from opening up my new blog site, CelticsNotes.com.