by: Rebel - Havertown, PA started: 11/10/11 11:55 am | updated: 11/10/11 11:55 am
Why aren’t the Eagles winning? Is it Andy Reid? The defense? Offense? Some say it points to Michael Vick.
Lesser quarterbacks have more TDs than Vick’s 11. He stands in the middle of the pack or worse in nearly every major passing statistic. Vick has been another Eagle whose play has been decent but ultimately not good enough to win. Big plays have been missing.
Vick is completing 62 percent of his passes and has been more consistent than a year ago. So what is it?
Quarterbacks such as Matt Hasselbeck and Tony Romo have more touchdowns than Vick's 11. Vick's 85.8 quarterback rating falls below the 87.1 posted by rookie Cam Newton.
Vick's nine interceptions, many batted by his receivers, rank him tied for 24th in the NFL.
Take the end of the Bears game. Facing a key fourth down, Vick hit a wide-open Jeremy Maclin, but the throw was high and the receiver had to stretch and fell short of the first down. It was a completion, but not quite sharp enough.
"Mike has done a good job putting us in position," said wide receiver Jason Avant. "Teams have just made up in their minds they're not going to let Mike Vick beat them alone, so we've got to go out and contribute with him."
"I don't think defenses are playing me differently. Things are pretty much the same," Vick said. "We've got more turnovers this year than we did last year, and that's been the key."
Vick's nine interceptions already top the six he threw in 12 starts last season. He has lost three fumbles, the same number as all of last year.
ut the Eagles rank first in rushing, which means less rests on Vick's arm, said running back LeSean McCoy.
"He's not really forced to be the superhero and really save the day like he was last year," McCoy said.
Despite the dip in eye-popping moments, Vick is completing 62 percent of his passes and has been more consistent than a year ago, said Greg Cosell, who has reviewed every Vick snap as executive producer of NFL Matchup on ESPN.
"I would actually argue that overall he's the more consistent, stable player than he was last year," Cosell said. "Their record's not 3-5 because of Mike Vick."
The Eagles were more explosive a year ago, but when the big plays got bottled up, so did the offense. This year, Cosell said, the Eagles have used a more "sustainable" offense and have beat the blitzes that flustered Vick last year by using quicker drops, which leads to shorter, more accurate throws.
But he has no touchdowns on the ground, compared with nine last year.
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