How to Fix the Michael Vick & Tom Brady MVP Controversy
The race for Most Valuable Player is going to come down to two candidates: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.
Brady is having a season for the ages. He's led the Patriots to a 12-2 record, tied for the best in the NFL. He is directing the NFL's highest scoring offense.
He's thrown 31 touchdowns against just four interceptions. His passer rating would be the third best ever if the season ended today.
Michael Vick, on the other hand, has led the Eagles to wins in eight of his nine complete game starts. The Eagles' offense is averaging more points with Vick than the Patriots are with Brady.
Vick has provided the two signature games of the 2010 NFL season: his Monday Night dominance against the Washington Redskins and his epic comeback against the New York Giants.
He's thrown 20 touchdowns against just five interceptions. He has a triple-digit passer rating. Oh, and he has rushed for 613 yards and eight touchdowns on 6.6 yards per carry.
In a typical season, such as 2008 or 2009, I feel that either quarterback would take home the MVP award.
But this season they have to compete with each other.
And that's not fair.
I have a very simple solution.
Major League Baseball awards two Most Valuable Player awards: the National League MVP and the American League MVP.
Why can't the National Football League do the same thing?
NFC MVP and AFC MVP.
Tom Brady and Michael Vick could each take home the MVP this season, without one player taking home the trophy and the other receiving nothing.
And on another note, Bill Belichick and Andy Reid could and should each take home the Coach of the Year award.