Michael Vick’s MVP pick?
That would be Michael Vick.
Asked after practice yesterday whom he would select if he had a vote, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback said, “You put me on the spot.’’
Then he added with a smile: “I would take . . . myself.’’
Vick and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady are widely considered the top candidates for the award, which has been won or shared by a quarterback 17 of the last 23 years.
Brady leads the NFL with a 109.9 passer rating. In his last nine games, he’s thrown for 21 touchdowns and no interceptions. The Patriots (12-2) have won 11 of their last 12.
Vick’s 103.6 passer rating is third-highest in the NFL and leads the NFC. He also has 613 yards rushing and has run for eight TDs — more than all but nine NFL running backs.
Vick spent Christmas in 2007 and 2008 incarcerated at Leavenworth Penitentiary in Kansas while serving an 18-month sentence on federal charges of running an illegal dogfighting ring.
“I’m just blessed to be here,’’ Vick said. “I spent two Christmases in Kansas, and that was by far the toughest thing I’ve had to do.’’
Sanchez looks good Quarterback Mark Sanchez was listed as probable on the Jets’ injury report and coach Rex Ryan expects him, barring a late setback, to start tomorrow at Chicago after being limited with a sore right shoulder.
“He threw it good,’’ Ryan said after yesterday’s practice. “He never grimaced or anything else. He’s feeling good. He really feels good right now.’’
Sanchez injured the shoulder — some published reports said he suffered a slight cartilage tear — during New York’s second drive in last Sunday’s 22-17 win at Pittsburgh, but finished the game.
Mark Brunell, a 40-year-old former Pro Bowler, would start if Sanchez can’t play.
No peace in D.C. Washington’s Kyle Shanahan took his turn at the microphone, challenging comments made by Donovan McNabb’s agent. Not that he provided clarity to the ongoing saga.
The Redskins offensive coordinator said Fletcher Smith’s comments were “disturbing,’’ so he spoke “face-to-face, man-to-man’’ with McNabb. He said the veteran told him that the claims made by his agent were untrue.
Smith had said that the “tension’’ between the demoted quarterback and the Washington coaches is because of McNabb’s suggestions for improving the Redskins’ offense.
“When I talked to Donovan, he said he didn’t say any of that,’’ Shanahan said. “I’m like, ‘Well, your agent did, which to me is you.’ He said he didn’t agree with any of that, that those words didn’t come out of his mouth and that he didn’t tell his agent that stuff. So all I can go off of is what Donovan tells me.’’
Smith stood by his comments.
“Donovan and I talk constantly and have done so with more frequency during this season. We are absolutely on the same page,’’ the agent said.
Favre has a chance The Vikings listed quarterback Brett Favre as doubtful with a concussion, leaving the door open for the 41-year-old quarterback to play against the Eagles tomorrow night . . . Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (knee) missed a third consecutive day of practice, casting doubt about his availability against the Redskins tomorrow . . . The Lions placed quarterback Matthew Stafford on injured reserve with a separated right shoulder. He played in only three games this season and 10 last year because of injuries . . . Sixteen players were fined by the NFL for illegal hits, with Atlanta defensive end Kroy Biermann and Cincinnati linebacker Dhani Jones each getting docked the most — $15,000.