The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the San Diego Chargers Monday night and while quarterback Mike Vick did have a good final two drives in the game, his play in the first three and a half quarters was dismal.
Below is Vick’s passing chart from the Monday night game along with a few statistical observations.
For starters, Vick completed just 13 of his 26 pass attempts in the game. However, thanks to his long touchdown pass to wide receiver Markus Wheaton, he was able to register a 7.81 yards per attempt number. One of his incompleted passes was a spike.
8 of Vicks completions were to the left side of the field while the other 6 were to the right side. On those 6 right-side completions, however, none of the throws flew more than five yards past the line of scrimmage in the air. Only 4 of his left-side completions flew 15 or more yards in the air past the line of scrimmage. additionally, 4 of his completions in the game were completed behind the line of scrimmage.
It should also be noted that 7 of Vick’s 13 completed passes Monday night were what we called failed completions and that’s till way too high of a percentage.
As you can see, Vick really stayed away from the middle of the field on all of his throws that flew 10 or more yards in the air past the line of scrimmage and this certainly isn’t surprising.
According to ESPN Stats, in the 4th quarter Monday night, Vick was put under duress and forced to leave the pocket on three dropbacks, completing 2-of-3 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. In the last five seasons, he had completed 24.1 percent of his passes while under duress and outside the pocket with 3 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. When Vick left the pocket in the 4th quarter, he produced 111 total yards and a touchdown. On his throws from inside the pocket in the 4th quarter, Vick was 3-of-8 for 29 yards.
Blue = Completed Pass
Red = Incompleted Pass
Orange = Intercepted Pass
*All throws on the chart are calculated from the 30-yard-line