Michael Vick Is Under Pressure A Lot, But Handling It Well

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 16: Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles scrambles against the Washington Redskins during first half action at FedEx Field on October 16, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Despite the fact that Michael Vick has been sacked only 8 times this season, which is less than all but three starting QBs, he has been under a tremendous amount of pressure. In fact, according to ESPN he’s been "under pressure" on 102 plays this season. That’s the most of any QB in the league.

However, according to their new "total QBR" stat, he’s performed well.

Vick has performed admirably in these situations, with a QBR of 49.5. As a league, the average QBR in these situations is 7.0 and it happens about 11 times per team per game.

Vick’s performance under pressure and lack of sacks is somewhat self fulfilling. For once, you would expect him to avoid more sacks than the average QB because he’s so much more athletic than anyone else. However, it is true that a lot of the pressure he faces is his own doing because he holds on to the ball for a long time. And just to complete the loop, he holds on to the ball longer than most QBs because he knows he can escape pressure better than most…

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