Michael Vick and Matt Ryan aren't really all that different statistically

11/23/09 in NFL   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Interesting question posed by Mark Bradley at the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Who has been the better player through his first 26 games as a Falcon: Matt Ryan or Michael Vick? The answer may surprise you.

• After 26 regular-season starts, Ryan is 16-10. After 26 regular-season starts, Michael Vick was 16-9-1. (Note: Owing to his apprenticeship behind Chris Chandler in 2001 and his broken leg in 2003, Vick needed four seasons to make 26 starts.)

• Ryan’s passer rating in his second season as a pro is 80.0. Vick’s passer rating in his second season as a pro was 81.6.

• Ryan’s completion percentage in his second NFL season is 59.3. Vick’s completion percentage in his second NFL season was 54.9.

• Ryan has thrown 12 interceptions through 10 games of his second NFL season. Vick threw eight in his second NFL season. Ryan has thrown 16 touchdown passes in those same 10 games. Vick threw 16 touchdown passes in 15 games in his second NFL season.

• Ryan has accounted for 2,324 yards (passing and rushing) through 10 games of his second NFL season — an average of 232.4 yards per game. Vick accounted for 3,713 yards in his second NFL season — an average of 247.5 per game.

• Ryan’s team lost his first playoff start, which came in Phoenix in his first NFL season. Vick’s team won his first playoff start, which came in Green Bay in his second NFL season.

It's pretty interesting. Michael Vick was actually better than Ryan by everything that matters early in his career - at least when comparing their second years. Vick won a playoff game, was less turnover prone in terms of INTs, and will likely have amassed more total yards.

Anyway, this isn't to downgrade Ryan, or elevate Vick. It's just interesting to compare the two. Both have been highly celebrated in their first few years. Hopefully Ryan's later years go a little bit better than Vick's have.

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