Mike Vick breaks the plane (USAT Images)
First, the good: Michael Vick finished as the fourth highest-scoring fantasy quarterback in Week 1, delivering 257 combined yards (203 passing) and three touchdowns. Head coach Chip Kelly's system was an absolute blast. The Eagles ran 77 plays, scored 33 points and gained 443 total yards — and the numbers would have been much greater had the team not downshifted to protect-the-lead/run-clock mode in the second half.
Now, the less-than-good: Vick was sacked three times, he had a backward pass returned for a touchdown, and he missed a few open receivers (including a man in the end zone on the turnover). But quarterbacks don't routinely deliver perfect games, obviously. Even with a handful of misfires, Vick put up terrific numbers.
And now, the semi-scary: By the end of the game, Vick was moving like an old man. (A spry old man, sure. But still old.) After gaining 36 yards on a fourth-quarter run, Vick appeared to be dinged. He picked himself up slowly, limping and grimacing. Even now, at 33, Vick is still a guy who won't slide if the head-first plunge is available to him.
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So here we are. It's the morning after for Vick owners. We're all feeling pretty good on Tuesday, because our quarterback just put up a huge fantasy total, and he didn't shatter into a zillion pieces. Kelly's offense is clearly going to translate well to the NFL — remember, as unique as the system may appear, the guiding principles aren't gimmicky. Philadelphia's key skill players are clearly in line for huge fantasy seasons, assuming good health.
But there's the issue: Can we reasonably assume that Vick will remain healthy (or healthy-ish) while playing a run-heavy scheme that fires off 75-85 plays per week?Read More »from Revisiting the Michael Vick dilemma, after his stellar fantasy week