NFL MVP discussion has figured prominently in the various media channels as the regular season nears its end, and the two names mentioned the most are Michael Vick and Tom Brady. And this Eagles fan picks ... Brady?!
Why? Well, you've heard all the numbers: Brady's no-INT streak, Vick has missed three games ... but it goes beyond that.
I've enjoyed seeing Vick in action this season and what he's done with a team that wasn't projected to do much at the beginning of the year. He has exceeded expectations and played astoundingly well for someone who was away from football for two whole season. A major part of that is his vastly improved work ethic. He has put in his time, and it shows on the field.
But MVP? Not quite. An MVP is a complete leader, and while Vick has shown leadership vocally and by example this season, the biggest key to his success is how well he follows. His newfound humility has enabled him to buy into the culture of the Eagles and get on the same page with a very young and very talented ensemble of skill position guys ... DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy. Admirable and invaluable to a team, of course, and Eagles fans like me are enjoying every minute ...
But Brady is a step or two further.
Tom Brady is dictating the culture of the Patriots on the field ... and I mean dictating with all that word implies. The New England franchise is one that operates with purpose each year, but it seems that Brady has become a franchise unto himself when he's between the hashmarks. Perhaps it's the combination of the past three seasons: The Super Bowl loss to go to 18-1, the knee injury, the humiliation at home against the Ravens in the playoffs. Whatever the case, he has led this march through the rest of the league for the Patriots, and they are not the NFL's best team without him. Hence, he's the MVP.
Besides, I'd rather see Vick get a Lombardi Trophy instead.