Philadelphia Eagles: Why Michael Vick Is a Clear-Cut MVP Winner

Dominic PerilliContributor IIIDecember 23, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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What defines an MVP? The MVP is what its real title suggests—the most valuable player on the field.

As of right now, the two favorites for the MVP race are Tom Brady and Michael Vick. I will agree that Tom Brady is an outstanding quarterback. However, he's a product of the Patriots' offensive system. Bill Belichick and fellow coaches have an offense in place that allows Brady to thrive; the same is true for Michael Vick but not as extreme.

The difference, in this case, is that Vick is asked to do so much more than Brady. The Eagles don't have a million bubble screens or short plays with which they can utilize small, quick receivers. Danny Woodhead and Wes Welker are not, by any means, possession receivers. They are guys that take advantage of blocking to get down field.

The Eagles have a "west coast" offensive system that is pretty much a mixture of the Saints/Patriots offense. The Saints use an offense that is primarily passing and they stretch the field with intermediate to long throws.

What do the Eagles have? They have some advanced screens and intermediate to long throws.

What I am trying to explain is tough to put in to words.

Michael Vick is asked to go through progressions, dodge defenders and use his feet when nothing is available down field. He is also doing all of this with receivers who haven't yet matured to the level of "get open if my route is dead."

Vick is the master of improvisation.

Tom Brady performs in a system with plays that almost guarantee a receiver to be open. He is also playing behind an almost all Pro Bowl offensive line. If the line breaks open, Brady is as good as sacked. However, the whole goal of the Belichick system is to completely deny defenders enough time to sack Brady.

The amount of things that Michael Vick can do with his arm and feet truly trump Tom Brady. If anybody is to be crowned an MVP in New England, it should be Bill Belichick.

But don't get me wrong, I'm in no way, shape or form denying the great talents of Brady.

Imagine Tom Brady or Michael Vick going to the Carolina Panthers. Who do you think would give them a higher chance of winning right away? I say Vick.

If you think Brady, sorry to disappoint you.

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