Usually when a head coach or coordinator compares a current player to a Hall of Famer it reeks with bias. Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg recently said that quarterback Michael Vick could be better than 49ers legend Steve Young when he retires. From Philly.com,
“I thought he (Vick) could be a Steve Young-type player,” Mornhinweg said. “Mike’s got a long way to go, but, you know what? I think he can be better than Steve.”
My first reaction to this was spit out my coffee even though I was not drinking any at the time. While there are similarities in that both players are mobile, left-handed quarterbacks who were coached by Mornhinweg the similarities end there. Multiple times in his career Young led the NFL in touchdown passes, passer rating and completion percentage something Vick has not done once in his career. However I do see where Mornhinweg is coming especially given the fact he coached Young the last three seasons he was in the NFL.
Vick has had some great seasons, with last year ranking near the top, but he has a long way to go in being better than Hall of Fame quarterback Young. A big issue is can Vick repeat and improve on last season. Young did not become a starting quarterback for the 49ers until he was 30 years old and did not win a Super Bowl until he was 33. Vick was 30 years old last season which was one of his best statistical seasons in his career and if not for injuries suffered during the season, which lingered into the playoffs, the Eagles would have beaten the Packers in the Wild Card round. I think what Mornhinweg was getting at in saying Vick can be better than Young is that Young only got better after 30 and eventually won the Super Bowl. I believe Vick will continue to get better like Young did late in his career but until Vick wins a Super Bowl Young is far superior.