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Vick's Biggest Fans? The Eagles Defense

Michael Vick is fastly become the story of this NFL season. The dynamic quarterback is the league's leading passer with a 115.1 quarterback rating, an 11-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio to go along with his four rushing touchdowns and 7.8 yards-per-carry mark. But while Vick has quickly endeared himself to Eagles fans across the NFL universe, perhaps his biggest fans come from an unlikely place - the sideline.

Vick's defensive teammates, who have the best seat in the house for what is becoming the best show in the league, rarely take their eyes off the 30-year-old signal caller.

"That guy's awesome man," said Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel. "Hands down, he's amazing. I just love to watch him play. I'm his biggest fan when I'm on the sidelines. Any time you get a quarterback playing like that, it's hard to deal with."

"You feel like a fan," said safety Quintin Mikell. "You're sitting there and see everybody covered and he scrambles for a first down or he scrambles and throws for a touchdown. All I keep saying is I'm glad he's on our squad and I don't have to cover that stuff."

That's part of the defense's happiness in Vick's talents - they don't have to worry about covering the guy.

"In my opinion, he's the best quarterback in the league right now," said cornerback Dimitri Patterson. "I don't care what anybody says. From a defensive coordinator's perspective, preparing for him, you're not going to get any sleep at night, because what are you going to do? The guy is throwing just as good as any quarterback right now. He's efficient, he hasn't thrown any interceptions, and he's hitting people in stride. He's in his prime and it's obvious. It's amazing to watch. And I'm a fan when I watch him. I stand up and I watch him. He's amazing. That's all I have to say. He's amazing, bottom line."

And for Trent Cole, watching Vick from the sidelines is almost too good to be true.

"It's awesome," Cole said in awe. "(It) reminds me of when I was a kid playing him on video games. I knew he could just run around people, now he's here, I'm playing amongst him. He's one of my teammates."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 12:14 p.m., November 16

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