Friday, September 24, 2010

Nonsense from football writers, continued

After summarily dismissing the New York Jets last week, Peter King wrote this week that "Mark Sanchez's performance Sunday -- when he outplayed Tom Brady -- is proof you can't make judgments of finality based on one game."

You can't make this stuff up.

Anyway, clear contradictions aside, the most galling pieces of football journalism came after Michael Vick played a decent game of football. Idiotic fans love Michael Vick because he makes "sick plays" and is generally cool. Pandering to the idiot demographic is, well, profitable, which might explain why Vick got so much coverage during his trial and arrest.

However, Vick is not, nor has ever been, anything more than an above-average quarterback at his best, and typically a below-average quarterback. A 21-34 game for 284 yards and 2 touchdowns is very good, but it's not unheard of, particularly against Detroit, which has allowed over 1,000 points in the last two seasons (an average of 30+ points a game).

In four full seasons, Vick has shown the ability to gain about 7 yards per dropback (passes and rushes are about the same), but to complete barely half his passes and therefore not generate much offense. With career averages of 136 yards a game of passing and 46 of running, Vick would have ranked about 20th in the NFL last year among quarterbacks for yards gained through passing and rushing.

Naturally, this was the reaction among journalists:

Peter King wrote that "Vick played the kind of game Sunday at Detroit he's been waiting to play for years. He was a polished quarterback who ran when forced".

Michael Silver calls him a "revitalized star".

Deion Sanders explains that Vick should be the starter after one game because, apparently, "Vick has won that locker room, he’s won those fans, and he’s won the opportunity and he should be starting [this] week.”"

Apparently there are no more average quarterbacks left in the NFL, because Michael Vick is even the fantasy "start of the week" according to this guy.

The most ridiculous piece of football journalism comes, unsurprisingly, from Peter King. Midway through the 49ers-Saints game, King wrote on Twitter:

"What a night for Alex Smith. Backers always said he'd be accurate enough when he got the weapons. It's only one night, but he's got 'em now."

Anyway, if you ignore the journalists (and worse-yet, the colour commentators), it was a great, unpredictable week of football.

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