A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 2.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick's body language never changed when the Detroit Lions took a 17-7 lead in Sunday's game. In fact, he seemed to look calmer once the Eagles were in comeback mode.
Quite simply, Vick was the best player on the field in Sunday's win and you could tell that his teammates fed off his energy. Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham didn't attempt to keep Vick in the pocket. He dialed up the blitz over and over, in part, because of the Eagles' issues on the offensive line. Vick managed the game beautifully and seemed to know exactly when it was time to run.
He passed for 284 yards and two touchdowns while ripping off some remarkable spin moves to extend plays. On Sunday, the Eagles showed that it pays to have one of the best backup quarterbacks in the league on the roster. Coach Andy Reid called it a "beautiful" thing to have two quarterbacks he trusts to win games. Sunday's game served as a nice audition for Vick as he determines what the future holds. He'll be starting in the league next season, but I don't think it will be in Philly. Here's what Vick's mentor Tony Dungy said about him Sunday night on NBC per the Daily News:
"These last two games, he’s been outstanding," said Dungy. "He’s thrown the ball from the pocket well. He’s managed the game. He’s run when he needed to. I thought he played the quarterback position better these two games than he ever did in Atlanta."
Vick will not be able to pick up his High Energy Player of the Week award in person, but I assume he's thrilled to be honored.