Michael Vick is about as frustrating as it gets at the quarterback position. This should be nothing new—Eagles fans dealt with plenty of frustration with Donovan McNabb. Vick is a different kind of frustration, but does have the potential to lead this offense to a Super Bowl title.
Michael Vick does things at the quarterback position that nobody else has ever been able to do. He is a freak athlete that runs like a speedy running back, but can still chuck the ball 70 yards down the field with just a flick of the wrist.
He lead the Eagles to an improbable fourth quarterback comeback against the New York Giants in 2010 after they fell behind by 21 points with just seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. No other quarterback could have done what he did that day. He made just as many big plays with his feet as he did with his arm.
He isn't just a running quarterback. He has developed into a pocket passer under Andy Reid. He also has a firm grasp on the offense, which he proved last season when he went 7-3 as a starter.
The cons of having Michael Vick as your starter are obvious to everyone. He becomes too much of a playmaker at times, committing mistake after mistake when he should just live for another play. He is also an injury waiting to happen. Eagles fans now hold their breath every time a defender makes the slightest contact with him.
Vick can cover up these issues if he just makes better decisions on the field. When the pass-rush gets free, get rid of the football. When the play isn't there, get rid of the football. See a pattern? Some of the greatest passes a quarterback can make are the ones that sail 10 yards out of bounds.
If Vick can improve his decision making, Eagles fans will experience the pros of having Vick as their franchise quarterback. If he doesn't, I will be writing about the pros and cons of Nick Foles by this time next year.