Andy Reid has announced Michael Vick as his starting QB in Philadelphia. Many people are excited to see Vick on the field because he’s so dynamic and explosive. This has been said about Vick his whole career and is the motivating factor that gets people so elicit when he plays. I’ve always had a feeling that Vick was over hyped. Not as a football player, but as a quarterback.
There have been quarterbacks who have been a running threat in the past, but didn’t receive so much hype. One player who jumped out at me was Aaron Brooks, who is actually a cousin of Michael Vick. Both quarterbacks played in the early to mid 2000’s so I figured lets just compare the numbers. Using the years 2003-2006 seemed to be the most fair years to use. They played an almost identical number of total games. One thing to note is that these years were Michael Vick’s best years statistically of his career. Aaron Brooks was at the end of his career and had better number pre-2003.
After looking at the numbers it seems a bit crazy to get all excited about Michael Vick. Sure he runs for a lot of yards, but his lack of passing doesn’t make up for it. I seriously doubt anyone who is excited about Vick this week would have been excited to have Aaron Brooks back in 2005. Philadelphia fans need to realize they are getting an over hyped version of Aaron Brooks. So lets all calm down, take a deep breath and remember Vick was publicized as the next great QB a few years and it didn’t happen.