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Michael Vick thrilled with his rebound

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Philadelphia Eagles Michael Vick, a former No. 1 pick, could hardly muster any interest, after his NFL suspension ended.

Vick ultimately signed a one-year, $1.6 million deal with the Eagles that didn't include any guarantees.

But now, Vick is an MVP candidate, and he's putting up the sort of numbers people projected coming out of Virginia Tech in 2001.

"It's been great to be considered one of the best in the league right now. It's an amazing accomplishment, not only to myself, but to all the people who helped me get here," he said. "Gotta give a lot of credit to my teammates, because without them, I wouldn't be in this position."

Vick is the league's highest-rated quarterback, with a 108.7, and he's yet to throw an interception.

Here are some other highlights from Vick's conference call today:

* Vick on the response from players around the league: "I don't think they're shocked because I've always been able to make plays when needed in crunch time, and I think they just acknowledged that and I think they have seen the potential. It's great, to get compliments from guys around the league. I can't say enough about it."

* On not working as hard earlier in his career: "It didn't have anything to do with the coaches. It was pretty much me. You have to have the desire to want to be great. Your coaches can only talk to you about it, inform you of things you can and can't do. It's up to you, at the end of the day. And basically I didn't take advantage of the time that I had, and the opportunities that I had."

* On when the lights finally came on: "When I finally got my second chance to play."

* On what he's doing better as a quarterback: "I think I've gone through my progressions, keeping my eyes down field, staying balanced when I throw the football. It doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the running game. But making good decisions with the football."

* On Bears defense: "They're definitely one of the best defenses in the league, if not the best. I don't want to offend anybody else around the league but this group is a great group of guys who play together, play fast, play hard, and you can tell they've jelled together and play with a tremendous amount of confidence. I see why they've been able to have the success they've had."

* On Julius Peppers: "I know what Julius can do. I played against him about six years straight in Atlanta, always had competitive games and [he's] always a guy I've tried to stay away from. So it doesn't surprise me that he's turning his game around right now. We knew it was just a matter of time."

* On team's spying him: "I don't know. Teams haven't really spied me as of late. Only one team and that was Washington and only for about three plays. I think 'spies' kind of played out but I wouldn't be surprised if I see that."

* On Jay Cutler: "Haven't had a chance to watch him. I don't know. He's a quarterback who does what he has to do for his football team to win football games and take care of his responsibilities."

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I'm not really a dog lover, but I'm also not ready to hop on the Michale Vick bandwagon just yet either. Talk to me a year from now and we'll see if he's still playing at the level he's been playing at so far this season. I say the jury is still out on Vick, no pun intended.

As far as the Bears defense, Vick is right, they are a pretty good unit. I think the key has been the overall health of the unit, and Julius Peppers. Peppers is straight up making this defense, if just one other lineman could step up, this unit could be on the verge of being special. Idonije's been solid since they put him back outside where he belongs, but I don't think its any coincidence the Bears defense has gone from being average last season, to a top 5 unit this season with Peppers. The guy really is making a difference, much like Reggie White did for the old Packers teams back in the 90's, that one elite defensive lineman can really make a unit. Oh yeah, Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, the leagues best combo at linebacker, don't hurt either, as always, GO BEARS!!

If it wasn't for his semi-celebrity status as a pro athlete, Vick would still be in prison - where slimeballs like him belong.
It sickens me that he has gotten off so easily with the fans and media, just because he's actually playing the way he was supposed to when he was initially drafted.
Yeah, I'm an advocate for animals' rights and would love to see Vick get a taste of the same cruelty he has dished out. But, I'm sure the stupid media would play him up as a victim.
If there's any justice in this world, Vick will live a short, unfulfilled life.

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