Michael Vick: Where Does He Rank Among the Best Philadelphia Eagles QBs?

Bob QuaintanceContributor IMay 15, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 21:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs for a touchdown against Kenny Phillips #21 of the New York Giants in the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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After only two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Michael Vick has not only managed to turn his life around, but also to make his mark on a franchise long deprived of a Super Bowl title.

Back in 2009 when the Eagles first announced that they had signed the controversial Vick, still fresh from his two-year prison sentence, the initial reaction from many fans was one of doubt.

While Vick was undoubtedly an incredible athlete, he had been merely a so-so passer in Atlanta. Could he really compete for playing time with the likes of Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb?

One very unusual 2010 season later, all doubts are silenced. Vick shocked the nation by usurping Kolb's title as the heir to Donovan McNabb and turned in a near-MVP season.

Due to a shaky offensive line and a disjointed defense, the team failed to make it past the first round of the playoffs, but what if the defense had managed to click? Could Vick have been the first Eagles quarterback to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory?

We'll never know for sure, but Vick will get a second shot at glory with the Eagles in the 2011 season (if there is one).

Winning a title would surely cement his name as one of the greatest quarterbacks in franchise history, but where does he stand now?

Let's take a look at Vick's stats for his first (almost full) year as an Eagles starter.

Michael Vick Comp % Pass Yd Pass TD Int Rush Yd Avg. Rush TD
2010 62.6% 3,018 21 6 676 6.8 9

It was easily Vick's best statistical year as a professional football player and it marked his emergence as a pass-first quarterback.

Now let's take a look at the best statistical seasons of a few other famous Eagles signal-callers.

Donovan McNabb
Comp % Pass Yd Pass TD Int Rush Yd Avg. Rush TD
2004 64.0% 3,875 31
Randall Cunningham
Comp % Pass Yd Pass TD Int Rush Yd Avg. Rush TD
1990 58.3% 3,466 30
Ron Jaworski
Comp % Pass Yd Pass TD Int Rush Yd Avg. Rush TD
1980 57.0% 3,529 27
Norm Snead
Comp % Pass Yd Pass TD Int Rush Yd Avg. Rush TD
1967 55.3% 3,399 29
Sonny Jurgensen
Comp % Pass Yd Pass TD Int Rush Yd Avg. Rush TD
1961 56.5% 3,723 32
Norm Van Brocklin
Comp % Pass Yd Pass TD Int Rush Yd Avg. Rush TD
1960 53.9% 2,471 24

Now, obviously it's difficult to compare Vick to a player like Sonny Jurgensen or Norm Van Brocklin, both of who were pure pocket passers.

However, when you put players like Randall Cunningham and Donovan McNabb side-by-side with Vick, you can see that he doesn't have too far to go.

Sure, Vick hasn't come close to the 3,500 passing yard mark yet, but just look at where he was as a passer during his years with the Atlanta Falcons.

If Vick can keep developing as an accurate pocket passer, while still using his incredibly talented legs to get him out of trouble, there is no reason to believe that he couldn't statistically surpass any quarterback on this list.

The Eagles have already taken the first step in helping Vick achieve said goal by upgrading their offensive line through the 2011 NFL Draft, so it will certainly be exciting to see how Vick can improve with a revamped offensive cast surrounding him.