Why Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick Will Have an MVP Season in 2012
Michael Vick's story is incredible. He missed the prime years of his career because of his legal troubles, yet after a season of getting back into the swing of things under Donovan McNabb, Vick came back and looked a lot like the quarterback he was before he went to prison.
He is capable of winning an MVP award, but all the right pieces have to be in place for him. The Philadelphia Eagles have expectations of going deep into the playoffs every year but they have not had a team capable of doing that since 2003 and 2004. They are still missing some key pieces on defense that can carry them that far. On offense, Vick has an offensive line that can protect him and receivers who can make plays. Add in LeSean McCoy, and opposing defenses have another thing to worry about.
The pocket was foreign to Vick when he got to Philadelphia. Whatever Andy Reid did to make Vick capable of staying in the pocket, it worked. It had Cris Collinsworth salivating over the torque in Vick's arm because instead of the focus being on Vick's legs, there was nothing else to analyze other than the mechanics of Vick's arm in motion. If Vick can time his scrambling right, he won't risk getting hurt like he has too many times in past seasons.
A key part of Vick being able to stay in the pocket is the offensive line. The Eagles filled their need for an interior lineman in the draft by taking Danny Watkins. Howard Mudd joined the Eagles staff, but the lockout prevented a full training camp. Watkins struggled in the first part of the season before getting comfortable in the latter stages of the season. With a full training camp, the entire offensive line can get acquainted and comfortable.
DeSean Jackson's contract situation took his mind away from the game. Once again, a key playmaker for the Eagles was causing drama in the locker room and it ultimately caused Jackson and the Eagles a playoff spot. Now that the situation is taken care of, Jackson should have his mind on football. He wants to make plays and score touchdowns. Now it is just a matter of him and Vick getting on the same sentence of the page. Jackson could in fact challenge Vick in an MVP race if Jackson does what he is capable of.
The other receiver, Jeremy Maclin, has to fully healthy to take away all the attention Jackson gets in passing situations. Maclin is more than capable doing the job, he just needs to get his body back to 100 percent.
The offense has the weapons necessary to give Vick the best opportunity at getting his name high on the list for an MVP award and possibly make a run at the Super Bowl. It's the defense, however, that may make the path to the Super Bowl very difficult.
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