Sunday, March 29, 2015

Won-ith By Air, Lose-ith By Feet

Michael Vick's arms vs. his legs.

Won-ith By Air, Lose-ith By Feet

Michael Vick gets sacked by the Steelers´ Steve McLendon in the first half on Thursday. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Michael Vick gets sacked by the Steelers' Steve McLendon in the first half on Thursday. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

If the Eagles are to make any kind of NFL waves this season, they are going to have to do so with Michael Vick’s arm, and not so much his legs.

Through his career, Vick has averaged more yards per rushing attempt (7.16) than he has yards per passing attempt (7.06) ... Hard to do.

Those numbers are swayed by his years in Atlanta, when he averaged close to 10 yards a carry, but he has managed to gain nearly seven yards a pop running the pill with the Eagles.

By the way, we’d be perfectly fine if his only rushing attempts this season were end-of-game kneeldowns to run out the clock and secure another Birds victory.

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Here are Vick’s year-by-year rushing and passing averages:

  RUSHING PASSING
Year    Att.     Yds.     Avg.        Att.        Yds.      Avg
2001 31 289 9.32 113 785 6.95
2002 113 777 6.88 421 2936 6.97
2003 40 255 6.38 100 585 5.85
2004 120 902 7.52 321 2313 7.21
2005 102 597 5.85 387 2412 6.23
2006 123 1039 8.45 388 2474 6.38
2009 24 95 3.96 13 86 6.62
2010 100 676 6.76 372 3018 8.11
2011 76 589 7.75 423 3303 7.81
             
Falcons     529 5219 9.87 2538 17912 7.06
Eagles 200 1360 6.80 808 6407 7.93
             
Carrer 729 5219 7.16 2538 17912 7.06
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