Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick may be one of the most talented players to ever set foot on an NFL Football field. His speed, rocket arm and elusiveness is unprecedented at the quarterback position. Numerous compilations have even been made to honor his freakish playmaking ability.
Despite all of his talent, Michael still has a lot to prove as an NFL quarterback even though he has accomplished a lot in his eight years in the league. Unfortunately for him, with limitless potential comes great responsibility.
Vick has had numerous troubles on and off the field that have prevented him from winning a Super Bowl.
Early in his career, Vick was heavily scrutinized for the troubles he had passing in the pocket. He had the uncanny ability to avoid a sack and make miraculous plays of the pocket, but his accuracy troubles in the pocket lead to many incompletions. Before last year, he never had a completion percentage of at least 60 percent or at least 3,000 yards passing.
In between these struggles were signs of brilliance. Whether it was that improbable run on a third down to extend a drive, or that 50-yard completion on the run, Vick would have opposing coaches shaking their heads in disbelief.
Although there were extremely high expectations for Vick, he was only able to guide the Atlanta Falcons to the playoffs twice.
The deepest he has gone in the playoffs in his career was in the 2004 campaign with the Falcons when they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship game. He has not reached that point since. Last year, he lost to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round. Vick has obviously had a lot of troubles off the field as well.
Vick's well-documented troubles off the field has been another defining aspect of his career. Being incarcerated for two years for participating in the dog fighting scandal put a major black mark on his career. He lost his $100 million contract as well as many endorsements. He then also had to file for bankruptcy.
Arguably the largest reason why he hasn't won a Super Bowl is he is constantly getting injured.
Vick, who has only played one full season in his career (2006), has been labeled as being injury prone. This year might just be another example of how Vick is not durable enough to take the beating from an entire season and also be able to make a run deep into the postseason.
No one should ever underestimate his ability to overcome injury, but at this point he needs to make sure he maintains a high level a play. If not, the "Dream Team" might have trouble making the playoffs, much less making a serious run for a Super Bowl.