Friday, August 11, 2006

Michael Vick is NFL's Most Overrated player

Michael Vick, the Great Hope of the Falcons, is my MOP as in Most Overrated Player.

Can you really think of anyone else worthy of that distinction? Seriously, think about it. No one else coming to mind? That's because no one else gets the hype that Vick gets with as little success as he's had. Yet Vick in his 6 years as QB of the Atlanta Falcons has yet to lead that franchise to its first back-to-back winning seasons, yes I said that correctly. If you weren't aware, since the Falcons were born in 1965, they have yet to have back-to-back winning seasons. In that same span seven teams have won back-to-back Super Bowls. I digress, back to Vick.

Vick entered the NFL and many analyst said that he would re-invent the QB position and will be one of the games best players. Okay it was easy to predict that since his days at V Tech because he looked the part of that hype. But now that we're 6 years into his career he only has one big game appearance to his credit, that being the 2004 NFC Championship where they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10 ( btw, I predicted that score in a preview I wrote). After that game there was plenty of expectations for the Falcons to not only break that franchise dubious distinction but also compete for the SuperBowl, but low and behold the Falcons finished the 2005 season 7-9.

Vick in his last two years has thrown 29 TD's compared to 25 INT's. He's not the dual threat that everyone thought he would be. Teams don't fear his arm, it's just his legs they fear and legs don't make a great QB. Defensive co-coordinators have learned schemes to control his running thus he has to pass more often which leads to a lot of stalled drives. His QB rating the last two years are 78.1 and 73.1. Compare that to a a similar QB in Eagles Donovan McNabb, his last two years he has thrown 47 TD's with 17 INT's with QB ratings of 104.7 and 85.0.

If I was the Falcons GM I'd be starting Matt Schaub instead, granted he may not have Vick's speed or scrambling ability but he's got a much better arm and accuracy. You don't need great speed as a QB, you just need to get rid of the ball quick enough. Now starting Schaub won't happen just because the hype that Vick has generated has led to more ticket sales and in some front offices ticket sales mean more than wins, a theory that the Falcons subscribe to.

With Vick, the Falcons will always be stuck in mediocrity until they realize that Vick isn't going to reinvent the QB position and won't lead them to the promise land.

I dare you to name someone more overrated than Vick, please do try.


At August 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention that he's a quitter. He gives up if they start really losing. He even admited it last year when they knew they were not going to make it to the playoffs. Of course he claimed that he would never do that again. But that never quit attitude has to be there from the start (Aikman & Staubach). Vick sucks and he's a quitter.

At August 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Dan Marino. Hall of Fame .... but no ring???? How about Ricky Williams? Don't get me wrong, you have a valid point with the Vick hype. But that's been going on forever.

At August 13, 2006, Blogger Brad said...

I'm talking about current players but at any rate no Dan Marino was not overrated. He was the result of bad talent and an untimely injury, otherwise he'd have won a SuperBowl. But I'm talking about current players and Vick is at the top of that list, actually I think it starts and stops with him. Can you think of anyone else playing now that has received his hype w/little to no success????

At August 13, 2006, Blogger Joshua said...

I agree totaly. The NFL loves Vick. How many nationaly televised games did he have last year? His jersey is one of the top NFL jerseys sold. He is on the covers of video games and he hasn't really accomplished anything except just over a .500 winning percentage.


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