This is the first of two blog posts that looks at the pros and cons of the Bills bringing in Michael Vick for the 2013 season. The second post will be available later this afternoon.
Where Michael Vick will play next year has been the topic of quite a few different articles recently. At least a few of these articles have listed the Bills at the top of the list. So lets take a look at why Vick could be a good addition to this ailing Buffalo Bills offense.
IS VICK SHOWING HIS TRUE COLORS THIS SEASON?
Much of the negatives surrounding Vick this year come from poor performance and injury proneness. It’s worth noting that this year he has been playing behind an abysmal offensive line that has allowed the second most sacks in the league. On top of that, you have a receiving corp led by Desean Jackson who has barely topped 700 yards and only has two touchdowns this year. This makes the Eagles best receiver the 38th best in the league, meaning he would be a second option on almost any other team. The cherry on top of this whole thing is Lesean McCoy, who is suppose to be one of the best running backs in the league, has totalled only 750 yards and two touchdowns.
This is an offense that is giving it’s quarterback absolutely no help and putting all the pressure on his shoulders to win ball games. This is a formula for poor play, and injury. Michael Vick seems to be getting a bad name this year based on a lot of aspects that are outside of his control.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST
This whole debate really comes down to one thing: can Michael Vick be a better quarterback for this team then Ryan Fitzpatrick? Let’s take a look at the last three seasons to get at least some sort of idea who is the better of the two.
This year, Vick has completed 58.5% of his passes for 2165 yards and 224 yards per game. Throughout this he has thrown 11 (3.5%) touchdowns and 9 (2.8%) interceptions giving him a rating of 79.2.
Fitzpatrick on the other hand has completed 62.3% of his passes for 2718 yards and 200 yards per game. He he has thrown 21 (5.2%) touchdowns and 14 (3.4%) interceptions giving him a rating of 85.8.
I give this season clearly to Fitzpatrick as he has outperformed him in almost every area.
Last year, Vick completed 59.8% of his passes for 3303 yards and 254 yards per game. Throughout this he threw 18 (4.2%) touchdowns and 14 (3.3%) interceptions giving him a rating of 84.9.
Fitzpatrick completed 62% of his passes for 3832 yards and 239 yards per game; he threw 24 (4.2%) touchdowns and 23 (4.0%) interceptions giving him a rating of 79.1.
So in 2011 Vick completed a smaller percentage of passes while still racking up more yards per game. They both threw the same percentage of touchdowns, while Vick threw less interceptions per pass. While 2011 was pretty even, with a higher quarterback rating and more yards per game, Vick edges out Fitzpatrick in 2011 as a slightly better performing quarterback.
2010 was probably Vick’s best performance of his career. He comes out in his first year as the true starter for the Eagles and completes 62.6% of his passes for 3018 yards and 251 yards per game. He tops it off with a career best 21 (5.6%) touchdowns while only throwing 6 (1.6%) interceptions giving him another career best, with a rating of 100.2.
Fitzpatrick’s 2010 season wasn’t as astonishing as Vick’s, but still a pretty decent year. He completed 57.8% of his passes for 3000 yards and 230 yards per game. He threw 23 (5.2%) touchdowns and 15 (3.4%) interceptions with a rating of 81.8.
So, Vick wins 2010 outright beating Fitzpatrick in almost every category in the same way that Fitzpatrick did in 2012.
Summing it all up
Vick and Fitzpatrick’s stats over the last three seasons are comparable. They both played much better than the other in one of the three, and in 2011 it was a close call with Vick playing a little bit better overall.
That all being said, here’s what makes me lean towards Vick.
First, Vick brings a clear advantage in the running game. He may not be the Michael Vick of old where he’d run over 100 times in a season but he would still makes a defense account for his multidimensional play. Secondly, Vick has proven he can win ball games. He has 14 career game winning drives, and has taken teams to the playoffs on four separate occasions.
So here’s what I say. Bring in Vick. Let them both compete through the offseason for the starting job and see what happens. I bet it’s a close competition, and maybe Fitzpatrick does win, but why not give a four time Pro Bowl quarterback a shot, and see what he has left in the tank?
What do YOU think? Leave a comment below!