It is impossible to ignore the game-breaking speed and brilliant play-making ability of Michael Vick. He has remarkable vision, a cannon arm and the ability to change a game at any given moment with a breakout run. He has always been electric, and the temptation is to focus on his game-changing athleticism.
Vick has always had those things, though. He has always been able to run and throw; he has always seen the field well. Vick is now an MVP candidate, though, because he has added something substantial and remarkable to that array of skills: Michael Vick has learned how to run an offense.
That impressive intangible, the most important one in Vick's now complete arsenal, was on full display Thursday night against the Houston Texans. He and the Eagles marched down the field time and again, and Vick never seemed over-eager.
He never seemed harried. He never seemed to make an ill-measured move.
Read on for five exemplars of Vick's maturation and leadership from Thursday night's win.