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Dungy: Vick's Performance Is Something Special

Tony Dungy, a mentor to Michael Vick when he was looking to return to the NFL, and former All-Pro safety Rodney Harrison discussed the play of the Eagles quarterback during halftime of the Army-Notre Dame game on NBC. The Eagles host the Giants on NBC's Sunday Night Football.

Harrison recalled playing against Vick when he was a quarterback for the Falcons.

"When we faced him, he was a one-dimensional quarterback. He would drop back; he would stare at one receiver. If that receiver wasn't open, he would take off and run," Harrison said. "He wouldn't go through his normal progression. ... He'll just take off and run."

Dungy, a Super Bowl-champion head coach, followed up Harrison's comment saying that the book on Vick used to be to "force him to throw the ball." Dungy said the biggest difference is Vick "has become very good in the pocket."

According to NBC, Vick has a 66.1 completion percentage, an average of 8.6 yards per attempt, eight touchdowns and an NFL-best 115.8 passer rating in the pocket this season. To show how Vick has improved in the pocket, Dungy showed the touchdown pass from Vick to Jason Avant from Monday night's win over Washington. The Eagles ran a double high-low and all four receivers were covered. But Vick scrambled to give his receivers time to get open and he hit Avant for the score.

While Vick was in the Leavenworth, Kan. prison, Dungy visited him. Even Dungy is stunned by the improvements Vick has made.

"If you had told me 18 months ago, not only would he be doing so well off the field but would he be playing quarterback at this high a level, I didn't think it was possible," Dungy said. "But he's really worked at it. The Eagles organization has done a great job with him. It's a great story."

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 10:35 p.m., November 20

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