Michael Vick: Evaluating the Performance of the Eagles Quarterback

Mike BurkeCorrespondent INovember 8, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 07:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts on November 7, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Colts 26-24.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Michael Vick made his return to the starting role yesterday against the Colts, and it was very exciting to say the least. The Eagles started with the football, so we didn’t have to wait very long to see Vick back on the field.

After a 62-yard run by LeSean McCoy, Vick found DeSean Jackson, who also had a very nice return, for a nine-yard touchdown on a well-placed ball.

Vick and the Eagles struggled in the red zone the rest of the first half. The quarterback took a lot of hard hits that had the city worried. We all knew that Vick wanted to be more protective of himself on the field, but taking hits is part of the game.

There were some hits he could have avoided, but in the heat of the game, Vick is going to try to make plays. He alluded to this after the game, saying, “I’m not going to play this game scared or hesitant or conservative.”

In the second half, Vick really dominated using his biggest asset: his legs. With the line not giving him a lot of protection, he didn’t have much of an option. The Colts defense applied a lot of pressure, but Vick was able to escape and keep the Eagles offense moving forward.

Vick threw the ball well off the run and was also able to take advantage with his feet when holes in the defense opened up.

On the day, Vick completed 17-of-29 passes for 218 yards while adding 74 yards on 10 rushes. Along with the touchdown pass to Jackson, Vick was also able to punch a touchdown in from the 1-yard line after a nice play he had with Jason Avant.

Vick’s numbers weren’t staggering, but he made the plays he needed to in order to give the Eagles a chance to win against a good team. He did not turn the ball over, which is more than can be said for his counterpart, Peyton Manning.

Vick’s value is priceless, as Kevin Kolb would have probably had his work cut out for him with the pressure the Colts were getting on the quarterback.

Jackson continued to be one of Vick’s favorite weapons as he hit him for the touchdown early and also hit him on a perfect 58-yard strike from deep in his own end zone.

The city of Philadelphia was excited to have Vick back, and he didn’t disappoint. He helped to retain Andy Reid’s perfect record after the bye week and as he said, provided a lot of confidence for the Eagles moving forward.

The rest of the season is going to be exciting for Vick and the Eagles, as he will look to lead them to the playoffs and beyond. I think he’s the right man for the job.