Michael Vick gave a performance on Monday night that has immediately thrown his name to the top of the list for MVP talks. Vick passed for 333 yards on 20-28 and 4 touchdowns. He also ran for 80 yards on 8 attempts with 2 rushing TD’s. On the first play of the game Vick threw an 88 yard bomb to DeSeasn Jackson after LaRon Landry started talking trash allegedly to DeSean about his concussion in the pregame warmups. Clearly that led to Vick and DeSean going after him on the first play.
After the first quarter the Eagles led 28-0. After the first play of the second quarter the score was 35-0. In the end the Eagles won the game 59-28 embarrasing the Washington Redskins and completely overshadowing the $78 million dollar contract McNabb had just signed.
Since his return as a starter in the NFL his game has matured to a whole new level. During his days in Atlanta, Vick was dynamic on the run but when it came to remaining steady in the pocket and finding his open receiver he typically failed. If his go to receiver wasn’t open he’d take off and use his feet.
Although teams feared what he could do, they ultimately knew he was a one trick pony. Putting together a game plan to defeat the All Star was relatively easy. Stop the run and force him to throw.
Now that’s no longer the case. Vick’s first look is to find his open receiver and staying patient in the pocket. Only when he’s sure there is no other option does he take off and create with his feet. He still has the ability to out run and make any defender look stupid. The difference is that now you have to fear his arm and ability to find open guys down field.
Can you stop Vick? You can’t force him to throw on you any further because if you do he’ll beat you. Take away his receiving options and he’ll run on you. Nothing left for opposing defenses to do other than to sit back and hope he has an off day.
Monday Night Vick gave the best performance of his career becoming the first player in NFL history with at least 300 yards passing, 50 yards rushing, four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in a game.
If he continues down this same road, he may be viewed as the best QB and most dangerous athlete in NFL history