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.”
Follow Ryan Messick on Twitter.