Can Michael Vick Keep It Up with Higher Expectations in Philly?

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Can Michael Vick Keep It Up with Higher Expectations in Philly?
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Prior to the 2010 NFL season, Michael Vick was a player in transition, trying to get his legs back under him, just a year removed from a 23-month prison sentence.  At the end of the season, Vick's name was up there with Tom Brady for MVP honors.  Vick posted phenomenal numbers (3,018 passing yards, 21 touchdown passes, nine rushing touchdowns to go along with 676 rushing yards and a passer rating of 100.2) despite starting only 11 games.  Those types of numbers aren't easily accomplished by most NFL quarterbacks fortunate enough to start 16 games, let alone 11.

How was Vick able to turn it around? Coming into last season, he was still considered a project.  The Eagles' coaching staff worked overtime to turn his career around and it paid off big time.  With Donovan McNabb being shipped out of town prior to the season and Kevin Kolb suffering an injury, Vick seized the opportunity to prove his worth not only to his team, but to everyone who doubted him and said that he would never become anything more than a running quarterback.

Vick brought that criticism upon himself by being a lazy player during his Atlanta Falcons days.  Two years in jail can humble anyone who once had everything going in and nothing coming out.

What about the 2011 season? With the plethora of offseason moves the Eagles have made, acquiring several big name free agents to bolster their already impressive roster, can Vick lead the heavily favored Eagles deep into the playoffs? The Super Bowl even?

This slideshow will run down what could possibly hold Vick and the Eagles back, and what they can do to warrant their huge offseason.

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