Jul 24, 2014; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick (1) looks on during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Why I Don't Believe in Michael Vick

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Anyone who reads this blog consistently knows that I am not in favor of Michael Vick being here. Granted, it is a highly debatable topic. My feeling has nothing to do with his off the field problems. The fact that Vick has changed his life, and frankly, is admirable. I am not one of those fans that believes he has no right to be in the league.

Michael Vick should not be on the Jets because he doesn’t have it anymore, and aside for a couple of seasons, wasn’t as good of a quarterback as everyone thinks. The numbers prove it.

First let me give you his passing stats for his career:

Passing

Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD AV
2001 21 ATL qb 7 8 2 1-1-0 50 113 44.2 785 2 1.8 3 2.7 52 6.9 6.1 15.7 98.1 62.7 21 113 5.01 4.31 15.7 4
2002* 22 ATL QB 7 15 15 8-6-1 231 421 54.9 2936 16 3.8 8 1.9 74 7.0 6.9 12.7 195.7 81.6 33 206 6.01 5.93 7.3 2 2 17
2003 23 ATL qb 7 5 4 3-1-0 50 100 50.0 585 4 4.0 3 3.0 49 5.9 5.3 11.7 117.0 69.0 9 64 4.78 4.28 8.3 1 0 4
2004* 24 ATL QB 7 15 15 11-4-0 181 321 56.4 2313 14 4.4 12 3.7 62 7.2 6.4 12.8 154.2 78.1 46 266 5.58 4.87 12.5 3 4 15
2005* 25 ATL QB 7 15 15 8-7-0 214 387 55.3 2412 15 3.9 13 3.4 58 6.2 5.5 11.3 160.8 73.1 33 201 5.26 4.59 7.9 0 1 13
2006 26 ATL QB 7 16 16 7-9-0 204 388 52.6 2474 20 5.2 13 3.4 55 6.4 5.9 12.1 154.6 75.7 48.36 45 303 5.01 4.59 10.4 0 1 15
2009 29 PHI qb 7 12 1 6 13 46.2 86 1 7.7 0 0.0 43 6.6 8.2 14.3 7.2 93.7 53.08 0 0 6.62 8.15 0.0 1
2010* 30 PHI QB 7 12 12 8-3-0 233 372 62.6 3018 21 5.6 6 1.6 91 8.1 8.5 13.0 251.5 100.2 68.01 34 210 6.92 7.29 8.4 4 3 15
2011 31 PHI QB 7 13 13 7-6-0 253 423 59.8 3303 18 4.3 14 3.3 73 7.8 7.2 13.1 254.1 84.9 64.37 23 126 7.12 6.52 5.2 13
2012 32 PHI QB 7 10 10 3-7-0 204 351 58.1 2362 12 3.4 10 2.8 77 6.7 6.1 11.6 236.2 78.1 46.03 28 153 5.83 5.27 7.4 3 3 7
2013 33 PHI QB 7 7 6 2-4-0 77 141 54.6 1215 5 3.5 3 2.1 70 8.6 8.4 15.8 173.6 86.5 15 99 7.15 6.93 9.6 5
Career 128 109 58-48-1 1703 3030 56.2 21489 128 4.2 85 2.8 91 7.1 6.7 12.6 167.9 80.9 287 1741 5.95 5.57 8.7 13 14 109
6 yrs ATL 74 67 38-28-1 930 1730 53.8 11505 71 4.1 52 3.0 74 6.7 6.1 12.4 155.5 75.7 187 1153 5.40 4.92 9.8 6 8 68
5 yrs PHI 54 42 20-20-0 773 1300 59.5 9984 57 4.4 33 2.5 91 7.7 7.4 12.9 184.9 87.7 100 588 6.71 6.47 7.1 7 6 41

First of all, look at his touchdown passes. Only two times did he throw more than 20 touchdown passes, once for the Falcons and once for the Eagles. Twice! That’s over an 11 year career. Furthermore, twice is only once more than Mark Sanchez! Mark, over four healthy seasons, did it once.

Look at how many TD’s Vick threw in those seasons. 20 and 21 respectively. Those numbers never beat the best season of……Mark Sanchez! Mark, in his best year, threw for 26 touchdowns.

I thought Vick was great?? What happened?

Vick fans might come back to me by saying, “You can’t compare the two, Vick runs way more than Mark ever did.” OK, let’s include rushing scores in the offering. In his best season, Michael Vick accounted for 30 touchdowns total. In his best season, Mark Sanchez accounted for 32. So, about that……

Some would say that he is a winner. Is he? Michael Vick had one season where his team went 11-4 in his starts, and one year his team went 8-3. Every other season, Vick was never better than 8-6-1. Again, two seasons only. Out of eleven. The 11-4 propelled him to a career in Atlanta that was 10 over .500, but his years in Philly? When he was so great under our current offensive coordinator? Michael Vick was right at .500.

This is the “special” athlete that is Michael Vick?

Don’t forget the fact that Vick isn’t durable anymore. Ever since he left the Falcons for Philadelphia, between injuries and sitting on the bench, Michael Vick hasn’t started a full season. Especially in later years, Michael has been hurt all the time.

He may not have thrown as many interceptions as our former quarterback, but he HAS been a turnover machine over the last few years. After 2010 when Vick tossed 21 TD’s against six interceptions, Vick never had a better ratio of TD’s to INT’s than 18-14. Four touchdowns more than interceptions, that’s it. This is the guy that was supposedly so great in the Mornhinweg system.

And, in a league where 60% completion percentage is the standard, Vick only achieved that feat once, in 11 seasons.

That is why Michael Vick can not be the guy to lead this team. He is just not that good, and I don’t believe he ever was.

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