NFL Preseason 2011: Vick's Performance vs. Pittsburgh Typical

Dennis Tresca@dtrescaCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2011

Should Philadelphia Eagles fans be surprised by the three interception performance Michael Vick displayed Thursday night against Pittsburgh? Absolutely not.

This performance was nothing new for the Philadelphia Eagles starting QB. Vick played the same way he ended last season and continued to show he cannot handle a quality NFL defense.  

Much will be said by the plethora of Vick supporters after the game. It's just a preseason game.  The lockout prevented him from getting the necessary reps with the offense. DeSean Jackson held out. Jeremy Maclin has been out with an illness.  

All excuses.

The real Philadelphia fans, who are always extremely critical of all players on their team, will see right through those excuses. Vick will put up great fantasy football numbers against sub-par defenses and will continue to crumble when he faces superior defenses. Sadly, he will make enough highlight reels and just enough plays to keep the fans rooting for him. Backed by what should be a great defense, the Eagles will probably cruise into the playoffs. They may even win their division.

However, Vick does not possess the skill set to take this team deep. His play in big games is a liability for Philadelphia. What makes this even scarier is the fact that Vince Young is backing him up. Yes, the quarterback with a 10-cent brain will probably play a game or two when Vick misses his typical amount of the season. Meanwhile, a real quarterback with actual potential was traded away. The Eagles should be worried.

So no, NOBODY should be surprised by Vick's performance tonight. We should all be used to it by now.

Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment below. I CANNOT wait to read all of the excuses! 

Update (12 Oct): Through the first 5 games of the 2011 season, the Eagles are 1-4 and going nowhere fast.  Vick has 8 TD vs 7 INT and 7 fumbles (3 lost).  He has been dinged up constantly, losing a few series already to Kafka.  Since last season's breakout performance against Washington on Monday Night Football, Vick has led the Eagles to a 5-7 record averaging 1.67 turnovers per game. 

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