Philadelphia Eagles: Jaws Ranks Michael Vick No. 25 in QB Countdown

May 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks Michael Vick (7) G.J. Kinne (4) fourth round draft pick Matt Barkley (2) and Nick Foles (9) drop back to pass during organized team activities at the NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

During the annual quarterback countdown in which former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski ranks his top 32 NFL quarterbacks, current Eagles QB Michael Vick saw himself drop significantly down the list — he is now ranked 25th overall.

Last year, Vick was ranked No. 12 overall on the same list — 13 spots higher than this season’s edition.

Is it justified that there are 24 quarterbacks who are “better” than Vick? Yes.

Looking at Vick’s numbers from a year ago, he has his lowest completion percentage as an Eagles starter (58.1), worst touchdown to interception ratio (12/10) and lowest passer rating (78.1). It is clear why he has seemingly lost the faith of Jaworski.

Jaworski had this to say about Vick.

Vick is coming off of a disappointing 2012 season, but all will be different in Philadelphia with a new head coach in Chip Kelly. And I’m certain of one thing — Vick is the most talented quarterback on the Eagles roster. Vick remains a dynamic player with top-level arm strength and unmatched movement ability to extend plays with his legs. Few can spin it as well as number 7, especially on the run. Kelly will look at Vick and see a multidimensional quarterback that can pressure a defense in a variety of ways.

It seems as though there may be some inkling of faith left in this quarterback. Howver, Jaworski did mention what concerns him about Vick going forward.

The concern of course, is turnovers. Vick had far too many in 2012. Fifteen of them in 10 games; four of those 15 came in the red zone.

To put it simply, this ranking may actually be favorable for Vick in comparison to where he is ranked on Pro Football Focus.

Vick was given a negative-11.4 overall rating for 2012 by Pro Football Focus (subscription required) — good for 32 overall of 38 eligible quarterbacks. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Nick Foles was ranked only one position higher with a negative-9.7 grade.

Jaworski seems to think that the quarterback position will be won outright by Vick during training camp. However, the competition with Foles should be much closer than most would think.

New head coach Chip Kelly has a tendency to use all of his players to the best of their abilities. He will not run the exact offense that was seen in Oregon, meaning the quarterback may not be responsible as a running option as much as expected.

If this is the case, having a quarterback like Foles under center may be a better option. Foles seems to have a better feel for the pocket than Vick — his awareness is above average and he does not have a tendency to hang on to the ball as long — which was a major cause for a high amount of sacks and turnovers on Vick’s part last season.

With Vick dropping down significantly in these rankings and the quarterback competition heating up, it should make for a very interesting training camp for the Eagles in 2013.

 

Topics: Michael Vick, NFC East, NFL, Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles, Ron Jaworski, Training Camp

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  • Dr Muon Funk

    I really hope Vick does not win the starting job. So tired of seeing these plays last year.

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