Philadelphia Eagles: 4 Things to Expect from Michael Vick in 2012

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Philadelphia Eagles: 4 Things to Expect from Michael Vick in 2012
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After an MVP-worthy 2010 season, Vick regressed greatly in 2011 and his struggles contributed greatly to the failure of the Eagles to make the postseason. Yes, many factors contributed to Vick's poor play, such as poor offensive line play and a disgruntled DeSean Jackson, but many observers saw Vick's play revert more to the Vick of old: a turnover prone scrambler who cannot stay healthy.

However, there have also been stretches where Vick played very well, and Vick deserves much of the credit for 8 wins of the 2011 season. Had Vick been able to stay healthy for just a couple more games, it's likely the Eagles would have made the playoffs, as he averaged around a 100 passer rating in games where he was 100 percent.

Despite their abysmal 2011 season, the Eagles seem poised to bounce back in 2012, and many pundits still consider them the favorites to win the NFC East. Part of this is due to the improvements the Eagles made on defense this offseason, but it's also due to Vick's improved play in the final games of the season, sparking the Eagles offense back to its explosive 2010 self.

Ultimately, this Eagles team is an offensive team, and it, therefore, will go as far as Vick will take it. Vick can be expected to improve, but to expect him to return to his 2010 self is unrealistic. The league has learned how to effectively game plan against him, and he will no longer lead the league in fantasy points every single week.

Here are four realistic expectations for Vick in 2012...

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