Michael Vick intrigues me, his personal behavior aside. I suppose his playing style just stands out in a league full of clones.
Last year I wrote that Vick was a better passer than most people think. His conventional statistics, such as passer rating and completion percentage, obscured his true performance. The difference isn't just the running yards he could gain, but the fact that he tended to throw deep because he was his own check-down option. He's back starting this Sunday, so it's a good time to take another look at Vick's career, this time through the lenses of Expected Points Added (EPA) and Win Probability Added (WPA).
It's true Vick is below average as a passer, but he more than makes up for it with his running. These EPA and WPA stats account for everything--sacks, fumbles, touchdowns, interceptions, etc. His career EPA shows he generated a net advantage of 152 points over his six years and change. He has generated just over 3.3 WPA over the same period. Over half of his career success came during the 2002 campaign, his best season by far. He's started 72 games over his career, so those numbers equate to about 2.1 net EPA per game and 0.05 WPA per game.
|Year||Pass WPA||Run WPA||Other WPA||Total WPA|
|Year||Pass EPA||Run EPA||Other EPA||Total EPA|