Michael Vick's 2011 Season: One Turnover After Another

By Frank Benditt III

The 2011 season was a big step back for Eagles starting quarterback Michael Vick.  During the 2010 season, Vick set career highs in completion percentage (62.6), yards (3018) and touchdown passes (21).  Vick even looked like he was more comfortable playing the traditional quarterback role.  Michael earned, at least what the Eagles front office believed, a hefty $100 million contract to begin the 2011 season.

With their franchise quarterback in place, a load of pro-bowl calibre free agent acquisitions and a talented returning core group, the Eagles, and their fans, felt that 2011 was the year for a championship run.  Well, a lot of things went wrong, including Michael Vick’s play at the quarterback position.

The one constant was Michael Vick’s durability issue.  Vick had played 16 games only once in his eight previous seasons.  After 2011, make that once in his last nine seasons.  The fact that Michael has a tendency to hold onto the ball too long, forced the inevitable injury.  Vick managed to start 13 out of the 16 games in 2011.

Michael’s number were decent for the 2011 season.  Decent.  He compiled 3303 yards, 18 touchdowns and a 59.8 completion percentage.  Vick’s problem was that he, many times, reverted back to his old style of play. The result:  compounded mistakes.

Not only did Michael Vick throw 14 interceptions in 2011, he continually fumbled the football.  During the season, Vick managed to cough up the rock an astonishing ten times.  Not all of them were recovered by opponents (5 total), however, it still showed a lack of fundamental discipline that an elite quarterback needs to have.

The Eagles offense moved the ball at will and put up big points.  The defense finished in the top ten in points allowed.  Yet, the Eagles finished 8-8.  Why?  The bottom line is turnovers, which the Eagles led the NFL in.  It is not all on Michael Vick, but it does start from the top.  The quarterback.  The leader.  The franchise player.

contact:  frank-benditt@comcast.net


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