Is Mike Really The Best Option?

Posted February 21, 2013
I know on paper it seems as if Mike Vick is a perfect fit for this new offense, but if one were to look closer I think they would see that isn't exactly the case. Vick has to learn the new scheme. Let's not forget how Mike Has been surprisingly poor at making quick reads and throwing the short pass. Even his screen passes have been poor. One thing people are also forgetting is when running the read option quarterbacks generally take more hits, because defenses are being taught to hit the QB as if he always has the football. Since the QB is acting as if he has the football even when he doesn't the ref will not call any penalty on the defender. We all know how fragile Mike Vick can be. In all honesty he doesn't fit in this offense anymore than Nick Foles does, because of his tendency to be injury prone. T. Suggs said during the Super Bowl every time Kapernick came in his direction off the read option fake he hit him in the mouth regardless if he had the ball or not. Defenses will do the same to Mike Vick. Unless Chip Kelly is willing to modify this offense to a style closer to what the Patriots are doing he's going to struggle in the league. In the NFL everyone can run and teams are going to take liberties with these quarterbacks who want to run around with the football. Especially guys like Mike Vick who would rather take on a hit than slide. In college Kelly had a player for 4 years tops, but in the NFL he's going to need his quarterback to last much longer than that. As such it wouldn't be prudent to have his quarterback rushing for a 1000 yards as Mike Vick indicated. That many carries out of a read option set is certain to have him spend some extended time on the sidelines. My point is don't count Nick Foles or Dennis Dixon out the equation just yet and don't assume Mike has this thing locked up.
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