It isn’t hard to make Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder look like an idiot, but Patriots quarterback Tom Brady literally did nothing this week to achieve the feat.
Prior to the Eagles’ ugly loss to the Vikings on Tuesday night, Crowder was asked his thoughts on the NFL MVP race this year. His answer, as predicted, was ridiculous.
“Everybody knows it should be Michael Vick, but they’re going to let Brady win it because it’s Tom Brady,” Crowder told FanHouse. “You’ve got to go with Vick. Vick’s my dude.”
Vick and the Eagles lost 24-14 to the Vikes at home on Tuesday. Philadelphia’s quarterback was sacked six times and accounted for just two touchdowns (one rushing, one passing). He also was intercepted once and lost a pair of fumbles — certainly not the greatest stat line for a guy vying for MVP honors with just 12 regular-season games under his belt.
It was Vick’s fifth straight game with an interception. Brady has thrown 319 straight pass attempts without being picked, dating back to Oct. 19.
Awards aside, Brady has another chance to shut Crowder up this Sunday as his Patriots host the Dolphins in the regular-season finale at Gillette Stadium.
Crowder, however, isn’t the only NFL player taking Vick’s side in the MVP debate. Here are some others, according to FanHouse.
Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney
“[Vick’s] the closest thing to a one-man weapon. With Tom Brady, when every receiver is covered, what happens? He has to throw the ball away or here comes the next down. Now, with Michael, he is now throwing the ball very efficiently, but now he can run for 10 yards for a first down instead of throwing the ball away. That’s why he’s so dangerous. He’s having a great year.”
Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander
“Vick. He brings the most to the game. He does so much for his team. When he’s not in there, [the Eagles are] a lot easier to prepare for. You put him in the mix and you might have their guys covered, and he takes off on a 40-yard run. He’s throwing the ball real well so if you try to spy on him, he’s gonna throw it in a rope to someone.”
Broncos safety Renaldo Hill
“[Vick’s] really taken control of that team, and got those guys going. He’s doing a good job of taking them to the next level.”
Redskins linebacker London Fletcher
“It’s between Brady and Vick. I’m gonna go with Vick because of what he’s been able to do. He gives them another dimension that no other team has at the quarterback position. He’s throwing the football great with 20 touchdowns and minimal [five, prior to the Eagles-Vikings game] interceptions. He throws a great deep ball, and then when plays break down, he can just kill you running the football.”
All of those players made their comments before the Eagles got upset by the Vikings. Wonder if they feel the same way about the Vick-Brady MVP debate now?