FS Allen, QB Vick Earn Month's Top Honors
By Lance Epstein
Even though the month of September does not end for another day, quarterback Michael Vick and rookie safety Nate Allen have been rewarded for their stellar play during the month.
On Wednesday, the NFL named Vick the NFC Offensive player of the month. Vick has played just 10 quarters of football since taking over for the injured Kevin Kolb.
However, his stats were too hard to overlook. He has completed 54 of 89 passes for 750 yards, thrown six touchdowns and has no interceptions. Furthermore, he has guided the Eagles to two victories and has run 23 times for 170 yards and a touchdown.
More importantly, Vick is second in the league behind only Peyton Manning in passer rating. He has had over 100-passer rating in every game and has a 110.2 rating overall.
The biggest surprise might be the fact that he has developed into a pocket passer and not just a runner playing quarterback. If he continues to play well, he could win the league’s MVP and comeback player of the year.
Besides Vick bring home some hardware, rookie starter Allen won the NFL's defensive rookie of the month for September. Over the first three games, Allen has recorded two interceptions, a sack and 19 tackles.
This is quite the honor for Allen considering every scout was drooling over safeties Eric Berry and Earl Thomas. Allen is always in the right position and has a knack of being around the ball. Plus he has learned the defensive scheme at a very quickly. His early success is a tribute to new secondary coach Dick Jauron.
For the Eagles, the honors show the organization is willing to take a chance on players that people overlooked. So far it has paid of big for them. Hopefully for the Eagles, Allen and Vick can continue their torrid pace.