Michael Vick: Why a Less-Than-Steller Preseason Is Not Cause for Concern

Darren GrossmanCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2011

Michael Vick is poised for a huge 2011
Michael Vick is poised for a huge 2011Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Many people believe Michael Vick's contract was either too big or too long. Many people also believe that defenses figured Vick out in the second half of 2010. The truth is that Michael Vick is, and will remain, one of the most dynamic players in the NFL.

Michael Vick struggled in the preseason. The offensive line was terrible and DeSean Jackson held out for part of it. Jeremy Maclin was not on the field for all of it. So, Vick struggled. The Eagles did not have many meaningful drives in the preseason.

Vick's naysayers will say that it is time to worry about his play. That could not be further from the truth. As a matter of fact, Michael Vick remains one of the most dangerous weapons in the entire NFL.

Vick's ability to create with his legs is an ability that no other starting quarterback in the league can brag. On that alone, Vick is dangerous. Combine that with the fact that Vick has become a much better passer and there is no way anyone can be worried about his play.

The offensive line was so bad in preseason that Vick barely had a chance. The Eagles recognized that and moved their best lineman, Todd Herremans, to right tackle to protect Vick's blind side. That will weaken the left side, but if Vick sees the rusher coming, he likely will not catch him anyway.

The Eagles offense is full of weapons and a rough preseason is not time to worry about Michael Vick. As a matter of fact, Michael Vick will be an MVP candidate again in 2011, just like he was in 2010. If the Eagles find success, it will largely be because of Vick.

Sunday and Week 1 are right around the corner and Vick will show the Rams and the entire NFL why preseason did not matter and why he is an elite player in the NFL.