By now, most of us are tired of discussing Vick's off the field indiscretions. However, it's now refreshing to celebrate Vick's on-the-field production. Interestingly, I've sense a backlash when discussing Vick's performances. I wanted to sight a few criticisms that I feel are not accurate.
1. Vick can't read defenses: This is ridiculous. Maybe Vick wasn't going through his progressions in the past, but that is irrelevant to judging his 2010 season. In baseball, the "magical age" for baseball players is 27. That's when hitters have their prime season. In football, it seems the prime age for quarterbacks is 30. Many QB hit their stride at this age. Vick is no exception.
When I hear "Vick can't read defenses" I'm wondering what people are watching. On Sunday's game, Vick hit Maclin and Avant in stride several times. Throughout the season, Vick didn't throw interceptions very often, and he had a 100+ quarterback rating. These characteristics aren't symbolic of a "bozo" QB. Chad Henne, Alex Smith, and Jake Delhomme are QB who can't read defenses.
2. Vick was figured out: Again this is totally absurd. Did anyone say Philip Rivers was "figured out"? Rivers was on pace to break Marino's record and he fell short. Did anyone say Orton was "figured out" after his phenomenal start? He got benched at the end of the season. How come Rivers, Orton and Vick petered off? It's called THE LAW OF AVERAGES! There's no way Vick could play better than his game against the Skins. There's no way you can play an entire season without making mistakes (unless it's Tom Brady).
In another baseball analogy, Vick was like a guy who hit .420 before the All Star Break, but then finishes the year hitting .370. It's not that pitchers "figured him out", it's just not realistic to expect a guy to be that hot the entire season. Same with Vick. Like I stated earlier, he still had a 100+ rating.
3. Vick doesn't slide: This criticism isn't really that egregious. I would be inclined to agree that he should slide more, except I believe that he is incapable of sliding. Sometimes a competitor's strength is his weakness. Adrian Peterson ran so hard he made himself susceptible to fumbles. Drew Brees believes he can stick throws into tight windows, but that lead him to throwing 20+ interceptions this season. Vick's aggressive running style leads him to not sliding. Asking him to slide is like telling Iverson to stop going to the hole.
Would I like Vick to take less hits? Of course. Do I want him to lose his edge? Definitely not.