THE 12: #9 GET OUR VICK OUT AND GET BALLS DEEP
LAST year I said that we should get Michael Vick out of the pocket, in an attempt to keep him healthy and let him do what he’s best at, namely freezing defenses. http://www.yardbarker.com/forum/3/57/discussion/the_12_9_get_our_vick_out_and_go_deep/10412725
He was injured IN the pocket in each of the last two seasons. Nick Foles was also injured IN the pocket. That’s three times in the last two years that one of our starting QB’s was forced to miss games due to injuries sustained in the pocket, so please save all the “But they will get hurt if they leave the pocket” nonsense. Until the line is fixed, our QB’s aren’t exactly safe anywhere.
Why has Philadelphia become so obsessed with trapping QB’s in the pocket? We did this before when we tried to make Randall Cunningham a pocket passer, then Donovan McNabb did it to himself, and now were doing the same thing to Vick. And it’s insane. Any other team with a running QB makes that talent part of the offensive package. Here we try to find ways to ignore it, or minimize it.
We’ve become addicted to handicapping ourselves and making life easier than it should be for our opponents. It sucks to watch other teams try to use every scrap of talent while we sit on it like it’s going to appreciate in value.
I watched the NFL Networks “Top 10 Mobile QB’s of All-time”. #10 Donovan McNabb, #4 Michael Vick, #3 Randall Cunningham. Despite all that, we have never emphasized designed plays to utilize these talents. The yards gained by these players came mostly through them escaping pressure, not on designed runs. For a moment it looked like Andy Reid wanted to do that with Vick but then…then there was that damned pocket again.
Teams should know that Vick not only has the green light to run out of the option, but that on any given down he may take off on a designed play. It would change things like how opponents prep for us. How they called games against us. Hard to blitz a team when you have to leave a spy. Unless of course you want to borrow a guy from your coverage. THAT would handicap the other guy for a change.
Couple that with moving DeSean Jackson to the left side (the side where Vick would roll to), and run more deep sideline routes (some honest routes, some clear-outs for the run), and you have the potential to rob a lot of coaches of sleep. (FYI: Exhaustion affects judgment and play-calling.)
It’s simple: Get Vick outside where he can go deep or take off. Do something that Andy Reid never did for him and give him a dump-off guy. That set-up made RG3 a rookie phenom. A less competent Vick having a dump-off guy (Alge Crumpler) in Atlanta led him to an NFC Championship game. Let’s fight as dirty as the other 31 teams.
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