Michael Vick was frustrated after a 21-16 loss to the Packers saw him go 20-36 for 292 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Vick ran eight times for 33 yards and a TD.

Eagles Players Call Vick Best Quarterback in the League


Michael Vick just might be the best quarterback in the NFL in 2010.  The 30-year-old leads the league with a passer rating of 115.1 and he’s thrown 11 touchdowns and no interceptions.  Vick has connected on nearly 63 percent of his passes and is averaging 8.8 yards per attempt, which is second in the league.

“I feel like I’m playing the best football [of my career] because of the coaches that I have and the guys that I’m playing with, and the offensive line is playing great,” Vick said after a 59-28 win over the Redskins.

While Vick was relatively humble, his teammates had no problem calling him the best passer in the NFL.

“The way he’s throwing the ball, he’s putting the ball in places – you know, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, you can name them all,” said cornerback Dimitri Patterson. “He’s making those same types of throws – pull the film up. He’s a good player, he’s amazing, I don’t have a word – he’s amazing.”

Vick was particularly dazzling on Monday night, connecting on 20 of his 28 attempts for 333 yards and 4 touchdowns while running for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns on 8 carries.

“That was incredible; I’ve never seen anything like it, especially in the pro level.  Vick is just incredible man,” said safety Quintin Mikell.  “I think if he plays like he did tonight, it’s going to be tough for anybody to stop us.”

That confidence was echoed throughout the locker room, as every Eagle seems inspired by Vick’s performance in 2010. “He keeps impressing me every week, he’s so calm and collected back there in the huddle,” said wide receiver DeSean Jackson.  “He just knows how to drive it down the field, he knows what to do.”

At times, Vick looks indefensible.  When teams spy him, he either throws to an open receiver or simply runs past the spy.  When they sit back in deep zones, Vick finds his receivers underneath. When they try to blitz, Vick burns them with a  deep pass.  The Eagles defenders are relieved they don’t have to try to slow him down.

“Oh, I don’t want to think about it,” Patterson said. “Especially with the weapons we have. It’s not like he’s in Atlanta, he’s here. We have weapons here.”

Those weapons benefitted tonight, as four different Eagles caught touchdown passes from Vick: DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant and LeSean McCoy.  On a night in which Vick’s passer rating was 150.7, he drew an assortment of adjectives from his teammates.

“Amazing,” said Patterson. “Magnificent. He’s playing out of his mind right now.  The guy is throwing as good as any quarterback in the league, you pull the film up, bottom line.”

Whether you want to look at the film or the statistics, it’s tough to argue that Vick isn’t playing at a higher level than any other quarterback in the league.  If he keeps it up, don’t be surprised if the Eagles end up competing for a Super Bowl.

“We have a goal and we know what our goal is,” said Jackson.

“We’re not here just to make the playoffs,” Patterson said. “Not with the talent we have. We’re loaded.”

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  • John

    if Michael Vick was white, your first sentence would have read, “Michael Vick IS the best quarterback in the NFL in 2010″

  • http://www.insidetheiggles.com Ryan Messick

    John,

    Maybe you should read the caption before you invoke the race card. You should also listen to the post-game podcast I recorded last night that will be posted around 2 or 2:30.

    - Ryan Messick

  • John

    if Manning or Brady had a game like that (if it were even possible for them to rush for that many yards haha) you know that we’d be watching re-runs of that game on ESPN for months..

  • http://www.ryanmessick.net Ryan Messick

    Manning once threw for 472 yards and 5 TD’s, albeit in a loss. Brady has thrown 6 TD in a game twice… Vick will get just as much love, if not more, than those two did for their biggest games. The scary thing is, Vick could have easily thrown for 400 and run for 100 and had a couple more TD’s if the game was a shootout with Washington staying within range.

    Regardless, if you’ve had ESPN on today (well, ESPN News since ESPN is all college hoops), you’d notice that they are running the highlights over and over. That game will probably be rerun on NFL Network this week, and you’ll hear about it for years.

    Vick’s season and accolades have shown how far sports fans have come in regards to race. Are there still some who make the rest look bad? Sure. But here’s a man who was given a second chance, took it, made the most of it and fans have come to embrace him.

    Also, check out the postgame podcast that I just put up. I recorded it last night, so those are the instant reactions I had after the game.

    - Ryan