Michael Vick has clearly made an impact as quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles thru three games. Since Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion in the first game of the season against the Green Bay Packers from a Clay Matthews hit, Michael Vick has surprisingly played at a high level, and may be the best quarterback right now in the NFC East. For the season Vick has a completion percentage of 60.7, thrown for 750 yards, targeted six touchdown passes, has one rushing touchdown, zero interceptions, and a sparkling quarterback rating of 110.2. He is projected to pass for 4000 yards and 32 touchdowns. Vick’s production compared to Tony Romo, Eli Manning, and Donovan Mcnabb is better as well this season. The past two games in which he started has produced 35 and 28 points respectively.
Starting center Jamal Jackson was lost in the first game of the season with a triceps tear. This is a major injury with a big impact on an already thin Philadelphia Eagles offensive line. Collectively the o-line has been dealing with injuries since training camp and having a mobile quarterback that can work around pressure is necessary. After initially stating that Kevin Kolb would remain the starter coach Andy Reid changed his mind after evaluating game footage. Vick has the arm strength and mobility to move around the pocket – given the offensive line’s shaky pass blocking. He has shown patience as he is staying in the pocket to go thru progressions rather than taking off to run. Kolb has potential to be an effective quarterback in the NFL but in terms of experience, hunger, athleticism, and arm strength Vick has the advantage. Vick has seemed to give the Eagles new life and confidence in a season that many believed would be a rebuilding year.
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