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Michael Vick Is Right to Consider Himself a Starting Quarterback

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 11:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball as  Josh Brent #92 of the Dallas Cowboys defends on November 11, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIDecember 22, 2012

Michael Vick is only 32 years old, and despite injuries and the Philadelphia Eagles rough season, he has every right to consider himself a starting quarterback in the NFL.

Vick told Tim McManus of Birds 24/7: 

I'm not a backup. Just being honest, just being candid. I'm a full-fledged starter. That's what I've got in me, that's what I provide, that's what I offer.

Whatever happens, wherever I end up, they're going to get 110 percent. You're going to get the same thing out of me that you got the last two, three years, and that's 110 percent effort and a guy that's confident in his abilities to play and win.

Why wouldn't a man with a career .560 winning percentage and a quarterback rating of 89.5 over the last four years consider himself a starter in the NFL?

Carson Palmer quit on the Cincinnati Bengals at the beginning of the 2011 season, and he walked right into a starting spot with the Oakland Raiders. He didn't start his first game with the team, but there was never a question who the No. 1 guy would be once Palmer signed in Oakland and was brought up to speed.

Vick has the tendency of holding the ball too long, and at times holding it carelessly, but primarily the Eagles' offensive line let him down.

Vick was sacked 27 times in nine games this season. His replacement, Nick Foles has been dumped 15 times in five starts. Both quarterbacks are hitting the turf three times per game. Vick's record was 3-6 and Foles' is 1-4.

With both men producing such similar results, how can anyone be too down on Vick?

We all know what type of player Vick is. He needs freedom to move around, but he also needs an offense, and O-line that protects him from the nasty shots that will keep him sidelined. 

Some of that responsibility falls on him as well. He has to get better with getting the ball out of his hands to preserve himself. 

Even with those imperfections, there is no way there are 32 quarterbacks in the NFL better than Vick.

If you look at the players starting under center cross the league right now, Vick would be an upgrade on at least five teams: New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Minnesota Vikings.

I could make an argument that he'd be a better fit in other cities, but the aforementioned five are slam dunks.

Vick has already fought his way back from a self-inflicted banishment from society and the NFL. He paid his dues, beginning as the third quarterback in Philadelphia, and he earned his spot as a starter with the Eagles. 

He isn't old enough, and he hasn't played so poorly to be put in the position to start over.

 

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