In 2006, Michael Vick secured his spot as the single best rushing quarterback of all time, galloping for an NFL QB record 1,039 rushing yards and averaging an unheard of 8.4 yards per carry on the year.
Vick has constantly mesmerized NFL fans worldwide ever since the Atlanta Falcons took the Virginia Tech product with a no-brainer, first-overall selection in the 2001 NFL Draft. No quarterback had ever come close to matching the incredible elusiveness and flat-out speed of Vick over the past decade, until Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III came into the league just last year.
Unfortunately, Vick has failed to show the same sort of unbelievable rushing prowess ever since he re-entered the league in 2009 with the Philadelphia Eagles after missing the 2007 and 2008 NFL Seasons while he served a two-year prison sentence for financing and operating an illegal dog-fighting ring.
Vick had a truly amazing comeback campaign with the Eagles in 2010, his first year back as a full-time starter, in both the passing and rushing games. He not only passed for over 3,000 yards and 21 touchdowns, but he also ran for 676 yards and a career-high 9 touchdowns on the ground in just 12 games.
Well, the veteran speedster’s rushing numbers have plummeted over the past two seasons, as Vick ran for only 332 yards and one touchdown in 2012, after amassing 589 rushing yards and only one score as well in 2011.
It is safe to say that Vick, now 32-years-old, will never again be able to put up the same astronomical numbers as he did in his younger playing days, but I think that the implementation of new head coach Chip Kelly’s spread offense will certainly help boost the QB’s rushing production.
Don’t look for Vick to blow your mind quite as much in the break-away speed area these days, but do expect steady and meaningful running out of Vick in 2013.
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