June 26, 2012

MVP Profile: Michael Vick, 2010


Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles



Age:  30
8th season in pro football, 2nd with Eagles
College: Virginia Tech
Height: 6’0”    Weight: 215

Prelude:
Vick came out of college early and the Atlanta Falcons traded for the first overall draft choice in 2001 to get him. Brought along slowly as a rookie, he displayed an outstanding throwing arm and quick release, as well as tremendous running ability, but also plenty of rough edges. Taking over the starting job in 2002, Vick passed for 2936 yards and 16 TDs, rushed for 777 yards with a league-leading 6.9 yards per attempt, and was selected to the Pro Bowl while the Falcons, coming off of three straight losing seasons, went 9-6-1 and qualified for the playoffs as a Wild Card. A broken leg limited him to five games in ’03, but Vick rebounded with two straight Pro Bowl seasons and the Falcons advanced to the NFC Championship game in 2004. While he became the first quarterback to rush for a thousand yards in 2006 (1039), his attitude and willingness to learn the fine points of his position came into question, and it all came crashing down when his involvement in a dog-fighting ring led to his suspension and eventual imprisonment – he was cut loose by the Falcons and missed two full seasons as a result. Signed by the Eagles to back up veteran QB Donovan McNabb in his return to pro football in 2009, Vick looked rusty and was typically used on Wildcat plays. With McNabb traded after the season, it was anticipated that Vick would back up Kevin Kolb in 2010, but when Kolb was knocked out of the opening game, Vick played well and was named the starter by Head Coach Andy Reid.

2010 Season Summary
Appeared in 12 of 16 games
[Bracketed numbers indicate league rank in Top 20]

Passing
Attempts – 372
Most attempts, game – 44 at Chicago 11/28
Completions – 233
Most completions, game – 29 at Chicago 11/28
Yards – 3018 [20]
Most yards, game – 333 at Washington 11/15, at Chicago 11/28
Completion percentage – 62.6 [11]
Yards per attempt – 8.1 [4]
TD passes – 21 [16]
Most TD passes, game – 4 at Washington 11/15
Interceptions – 6
Most interceptions, game – 2 at Dallas 12/12
Passer rating – 100.2 [4]
300-yard passing games – 3
200-yard passing games – 10

Rushing
Attempts – 100
Most attempts, game - 11 (for 103 yds.) vs. Green Bay 9/12, (for 34 yds.) vs. NY Giants 11/21
Yards – 676
Most yards, game – 130 yards (on 10 carries) at NY Giants 12/19
Yards per attempt – 6.8 [1]
TDs – 9 [9, tied with Brandon Jacobs]
100-yard rushing games – 2

Scoring
TDs – 9
2-pt PAT – 1
Points – 56

Postseason: 1 G (NFC Wild Card playoff vs. Green Bay)
Pass attempts – 36
Pass completions – 20
Passing yardage – 292
TD passes – 1
Interceptions – 1

Rushing attempts – 8
Rushing yards – 32
Average gain rushing – 4.0
Rushing TDs – 1

Awards & Honors:
NFL Player of the Year: Bert Bell Award
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: AP
Pro Bowl

Eagles went 10-6 to finish first in the NFC East while leading the conference in scoring (439 points) and touchdowns (49). Lost NFC Wild Card playoff to Green Bay Packers (21-16).

Aftermath:
The Eagles underachieved in 2011 and Vick suffered through an injury-plagued season, although he ended up passing for 3303 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed for 589 yards, becoming the all-time rushing leader among NFL quarterbacks (5219 yards to date).

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MVP Profiles feature players who were named MVP or Player of the Year in the NFL, AAFC (1946-49), AFL (1960-69), WFL (1974), or USFL (1983-85) by a recognized organization (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, Newspaper Enterprise Association, United Press International, The Sporting News, Maxwell Club – Bert Bell Award, or the league itself). 

[Updated 2/8/14]