After a breakout 2010 campaign in which Michael Vick had by far the best season of his career, Vick has hardly looked like the same player in 2011.
The potential to be great has always remained: the big arm, the elusiveness and the tenacity that makes him a dangerous player.
On Sunday night against the New York Jets, one of the best pass defenses in the NFL, Vick also completely lived up to this potential that he had always showed. He beat the Jets defense with his arm, and when flushed out of the pocket he made the Jets pay—and dearly.
Yet Vick has certainly regressed this year.
While sports pundits touted him as a changed player and that the "New Michael Vick" was good enough to perhaps take his place among the elite quarterbacks in this league, it seems like the "Old Michael Vick" has been on the field way more often.
Vick has shown numerous instances of questionable decision-making, poor ball security/being turnover-prone and an inability to stay healthy. All of the worst fears for Vick were realized in the 2011 season and certainly contributed to the disappointing 6-8 record for the so-called "Dream Team."
Vick has every potential to become an elite quarterback and to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to the promised land, but as with most players in this league, he has some very real flaws.
Vick had an impressive game against the Jets, but here are five aspects of Vick's game that he must address if he wishes to continue to bounce back in 2011 and 2012...