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Was there a bigger surprise than the performance of Michael Vick this season? In a single year he transformed himself from an ex-con to a Philly favourite, who removed any nostalgia of the days of Donovan McNabb, or the starter controversy with Kevin Kolb.
Vick truly was the best offensive weapon in the 2010 season, and deserved to win the Offensive Player of the Year award. We all know the threat that Vick poses when he escapes the pocket and runs, but we finally saw the promise that Atlanta saw when he played under centre for them. He retained his monster arm strength and out of this world ball velocity, and developed unbelievably as a pocket passer.
His accuracy improved to the point where he completed 60 percent of his passes, and he finally started looking off defensive backs and passing to his third and fourth options in the passing game. When he broke the pocket to the left, he kept his eyes down field and made accurate passes on the run.
There were games when Vick looked like the old version, such as his horror performance against the Minnesota Vikings, but he kept Brady honest in the MVP race for most of the season and had games where he was utterly unstoppable. His demolition of the Washington Redskins and his fourth quarter heroics against the Giants were certainly the finest moments of his career.
The scary thing is that without the injury he suffered in his first encounter with the 'Skins, he may well have rivalled Brady statistically for the season. As it was, his average of 251.5 yards per game was ninth best in the country. If he had played a full 16 game season he would have totalled 4,000 passing yards and 900 rushing yards.
2010 stats: 3,018 yards, 8.1 yards per attempt, 62.6%, 21 TD's, 6 Int's, 100.2 passer rating, 676 rushing yards, 9 TD's