If it makes you feel better soup, then I'll say it. Maybe Vick was an above average QB in the 2006.
And what's the point. It certainly doesn't help the argument that Knapp poorly utilized him.
You take one year, it doesn't prove that he was a great QB over his entire career. Because no stat is going to overcome the fact that he quit on the team that year, and the fact that he thought that because of his stats, he had done everything he could have possibly done that year to make this team a winner. The great ones don't do those things.
What does it prove? That Vick was good? Yeah, absolutely. I haven't seen anybody dispute whether Vick was a good player and all factors included, his running ability made him go from a poor/below average passer to an overall good player.
But to me it's not an issue of whether Vick was good. It never has been an issue of whether Vick was good. It's always been a matter of whether Vick was great. Good isn't good enough when you're being paid $130 million.
No one ever revisits the Chandler years. Why? Because most people are content with Chandler's goodness. I doubt there are few that think of Chandler as a great QB. A good QB, that in the right situation can do some great things.
People always rehash the Vick years, because they seemingly aren't content with what he did on the field.
I don't think Greg Knapp maximized/optimized Vick while he was here in Atlanta. But for the most part I'm content with VIck's career here in Atlanta, just like I am with Chandler's. I don't think they are Lombardis that are sitting in Tampa, Foxborough, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis instead of Flowery Branch because of Knapp's "crimes" against Vick.
Vick was an inconsistent, up and down player. His A game, he was virtually unbeatable. His C game (which showed up more often than not), he was fairly average. And IMO, it's not Greg Knapp's fault that his C game showed up so often. If a guy isn't willing to do the little things that his craft requires, then there IMO is certainly going to be a ceilling upon how good he can be. Did Vick reach his ceiling? Porbably not. But I don't think he was that far from it.
Here's an analogy I would use. You're a teacher and you have this really bright, smart kid that on the big tests, projects, and exams you have manages to get high As. But he doens't relaly care about the quizzes, all the homework assignments, and all the other things that are required to get an A in the class, so he winds up getting a B- or something. Now as that kid's teacher, it may frustrate you to no end that you see all this potential, but you can't quite inspire him to do all the work required to be a top student. His study habits are poor, he skips class and school on occasion, cuts up many of the times he does show up, doesn't do his reading or his homework half the time, and seems more interested in being popular and getting with girls than anything you ever say in class. But again, he's averaging a B so there really isn't a ton you can complain about. All of his other teachers say the same thing about him going forward.
Now as that teacher you could spend the next several years lamenting over the lost opportunity that student was, or you can just be content with the fact that you tried. Maybe you could have done a bit more. Maybe you could have gotten a bit more involved with his home life, which could have been the cause of some of the issues. A lot of maybes you could've done. but in the end, you're likely to burn yourself out as a teacher after only a few years if you keep thinking like that. Instead, it's probably better to be content with the fact that you tried, and it's not your fault if every student that passes through your door doesn't wind up going on to greatness. That teach is likely going to last 40 years and get some big illustrious award at their retirement banquet commemorating all the students that they did actually inspire because they actually willing to be inspired.
Do you grasp what I'm saying? You just gotta ask yourself, is it really worth the time and effort to wonder what could have been, or do you just move and hope for a better tomorrow?...
best analogy ever. case closed.