Last season, the Eagles’ quarterback was the feel-good story of the league, resurrecting his career with a phenomenal season that earned him MVP consideration. Vick set career highs in passing yards (3,018), touchdowns through the air (21) and on the ground (nine) and passer rating (100.6), earning himself a six-year, $100 million contract that should keep him in an Eagles uniform through the 2016 season.
This year, Vick has been erratic, unfocused, mistake-prone and injury-prone, causing fans to wonder if the nine-figure contract extension was a mistake. Vick played well enough to win today, although his stats (237 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 79.7 rating) were merely average. For the season, he has thrown nine touchdowns to eight interceptions, numbers that put him on pace to throw over 20 interceptions.
When Vick is on, there is no one player in the league that can stop him. There’s not even a defense of 11 players that can stop him. Against the Buffalo Bills, Vick was sloppy for three quarters, then suddenly went out and completed 11 of 12 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter to lead the Eagles from down 21 to within one score (he did throw an interception on the final drive, but if you watched the video, that was Jason Avant who couldn’t hold onto the ball).
Remember last year’s comeback against the New York Giants? DeSean Jackson may have taken the punt to the house to win the game, but it was Vick who engineered three long touchdown drives to pull the Eagles back into the contest from down 21 points. With Vick under center, the Eagles are never out of any game.
Then again, sometimes Vick beats himself. He makes poor decisions, throws a multitude of interceptions and tries to make plays happen when the right thing might be to go with a more conservative approach. As good as he can be, he isn't consistent, and how he plays the rest of the year will greatly impact how the Eagles finish.