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SNR
02-03-2007, 10:03 PM
I don't believe it. I can say the #1 QB I would NOT want on my team is Vick. I would take Grossman over Vick... at least Huard could beat out Grossman handily. :shake:
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Falcons' Petrino: Vick allowed to call plays

NFL.com wire reports



MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 2, 2007) -- Taking a different tact than his predecessor, Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino will let Michael Vick take a more active role in running the offense.

That includes allowing Vick to call audibles.

Under previous coach Jim Mora, Vick basically had to go with whatever play was called by offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, even if it looked doomed when the quarterback got to the line and studied the defensive alignment.

Vick's only options were changing the protection scheme and calling which side of the field to run the play.

Things will be different under Petrino, who was lured away from Louisville after Mora was fired.

"We're going to put it all on him," the new coach said while making the rounds at the Super Bowl media center. "It's new to him, but he's excited about the challenge. I think that's the way you train a quarterback."

Petrino said Vick "really believes in himself to get it done."

Mora was let go after the Falcons finished 7-9 and failed to make the playoffs for the second successive season. The team reached the NFC championship game during the 2004 season, but fell apart in the second half of the past two seasons.

Two weeks ago, Vick came under scrutiny after officers seized a water bottle from him at Miami International Airport. Police said it smelled of marijuana and had a secret compartment, but lab tests found no evidence of drugs.

The Falcons initially came down hard on Vick, with general manager Rich McKay proclaiming that his star player had "let a lot of people down." Since Vick was cleared, the team has dismissed trade rumors and reiterated he will be the No. 1 quarterback.

"It was a little interesting, I guess," Petrino said. "But the situation got resolved and we put it behind us."

Petrino was in Miami at the urging of owner Arthur Blank, who thought it would be good for the new coach to do some networking with the pros after spending most of his career in the college ranks.

"Arthur had to talk me into it a little bit," said Petrino, who will fly back to Atlanta the morning of Feb. 4. "I thought I had a lot to do, but he went through my wife and kids to get it done. They're down here, too, and having a great time."

Petrino has studied extensive film on Vick's passing style and talked with the quarterback about what he "needs to do to get better and what the people around him need to do to get better."

To that end, Petrino acknowledged the need for changing the philosophy of the offensive line, which favored smaller, quicker players and relied on zone blocking schemes under Mora. While the Falcons led the league in rushing the past three years, they struggled to give Vick adequate protection when he dropped back to pass.

A major overhaul is impossible, Petrino said, but the new staff will encourage its linemen to get bigger and stronger.

"One of the things we're finding is that it takes all the guys on offense doing their job at the highest level for a play to work," he said. "We've got to make sure we give Mike the time and space to make his throws. We've got to make sure the receivers are exactly where they need to be. You've got to be able to do both things to throw the ball downfield."

Petrino said he has full confidence Vick can become a more well-rounded quarterback. Last season, he became the first QB in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards, but ranked near the bottom of the league's passer ratings.

"He can make all the throws you need to make in this league," Petrino insisted.

mdstu
02-03-2007, 10:09 PM
Vick is not Joe Montana or Troy Aikman and he is definitely overhyped. But you wouldn't really take Grossman or Huard over him would you?

Thig Lyfe
02-03-2007, 10:21 PM
Wow. Look to see a lot of TE streaks.

Bowser
02-03-2007, 10:23 PM
Wow. Look to see a lot of TE streaks.

....and wide receiver screens and QB draws.

RNR
02-03-2007, 10:24 PM
He is a great RB...errr...QB. This is not going to help out his problems, but it should be good for a few laughs.

Bowser
02-03-2007, 10:26 PM
He is a great RB...errr...QB. This is not going to help out his problems, but it should be good for a few laughs.

This clam can't even sneak his weed past security on a plane, and now the coaches expect him to read an NFL defense and call a successful play?

Chief Roundup
02-03-2007, 10:46 PM
Oh boy. Well when Vick can't do this good enough either will they switch him to RB?

KcMizzou
02-03-2007, 10:46 PM
LMAO

This should be entertaining.

CEWIND
02-03-2007, 10:58 PM
I'd take vick

wazu
02-03-2007, 11:05 PM
I'll bet it works. Vick is better than people think.

SNR
02-03-2007, 11:20 PM
I'll bet it works. Vick is better than people think.Vick is a dumbass. What he possesses as an athlete he lacks in his head.

I'll wager a good amount he'll fail miserably

Tribal Warfare
02-04-2007, 12:57 AM
I'm not the biggest Vick fan, but I'd definitely take him over Grossman .

HMc
02-04-2007, 01:47 AM
we could use vick. we're not going to pass anyway and he's form a hardass backfield with johnson. and boomer, i guess

CoMoChief
02-04-2007, 02:02 AM
Welp, look for him to set a new NFL record for INT's.

Short Leash Hootie
02-04-2007, 06:52 AM
I bet Vick has the best year of his career next year.

He was a great QB under Dan Reeves the one year he played for him...EVERYONE thought Vick was the next BIG thing...

Then Mora, who never desereved to be a head coach in the first place, implemented a terrible offensive system that was destined to make Vick and the Falcons be failures.

Mora is an idiot, we all knew that when he was in San Fran getting yelled at by T.O. week in and week out...

The Falcons will win 10+ games next year IMO.

mikey23545
02-04-2007, 06:59 AM
Obviously they're going to play to Vick's strengths now..... ROFL

the Talking Can
02-04-2007, 07:15 AM
Ron Mexico has shown good judgment, this makes sense.

boogblaster
02-04-2007, 08:06 AM
Vick is nothing but hype..hes a fricking running-back..I wouldn't let him call my Pop-Warner teams plays....

KChiefer
02-04-2007, 08:17 AM
This clam can't even sneak his weed past security on a plane, and now the coaches expect him to read an NFL defense and call a successful play?

Speaking of the ganja...

I haven't heard what that "black substance" was. They said it wasn't pot. IMO it must have been a charcoal filter to mask the smell of pot.

While Vick isn't the sharpest tack, what can it hurt to let him call the plays. Manning has success with it. And if it doesn't work...put him at RB.

scott free
02-04-2007, 08:25 AM
BRILLIANT!!!

milkman
02-04-2007, 08:38 AM
Mora is an idiot, we all knew that when he was in San Fran getting yelled at by T.O. week in and week out...



Why was TO yelling at the 9ers D Coordinator?

Short Leash Hootie
02-04-2007, 08:41 AM
Why was TO yelling at the 9ers D Coordinator?
I was talking about Knapp...Knapp went with Mora, didn't he?

NaptownChief
02-04-2007, 08:49 AM
I bet Vick has the best year of his career next year.

He was a great QB under Dan Reeves the one year he played for him...EVERYONE thought Vick was the next BIG thing...

Then Mora, who never desereved to be a head coach in the first place, implemented a terrible offensive system that was destined to make Vick and the Falcons be failures.

Mora is an idiot, we all knew that when he was in San Fran getting yelled at by T.O. week in and week out...

The Falcons will win 10+ games next year IMO.


Hootie,


Ron Mexico has been sharing his stash with you hasnt he....

Short Leash Hootie
02-04-2007, 08:57 AM
Hootie,


Ron Mexico has been sharing his stash with you hasnt he....
he was phenomenal when Dan Reeves was his coach...

Sometimes it's the player, other times it's the system.

Deberg_1990
02-04-2007, 09:02 AM
I bet Vick has the best year of his career next year.

He was a great QB under Dan Reeves the one year he played for him...EVERYONE thought Vick was the next BIG thing...

Then Mora, who never desereved to be a head coach in the first place, implemented a terrible offensive system that was destined to make Vick and the Falcons be failures.

Mora is an idiot, we all knew that when he was in San Fran getting yelled at by T.O. week in and week out...

The Falcons will win 10+ games next year IMO.

Mora went 11-5 and won a playoff game his first year with the Falcons. Funny, nobody complained about him or Vick then???

Bowser
02-04-2007, 09:31 AM
After next year, Arthur Blank will call San Diego to see if it's too late to rescind the trade that sent LaDanian Tomlinson to the Chargers, and Vick to the Falcons.

Extra Point
02-04-2007, 09:34 AM
Hood hand off right, hood hand off left, hood throw the ball, hood watch whitey punt.

pikesome
02-04-2007, 09:40 AM
While Vick isn't the sharpest tack, what can it hurt to let him call the plays. Manning has success with it. And if it doesn't work...put him at RB.

I would argue that one of the Colt's problems has been Manning calling plays. Sometimes he seems to have a "cute" problem. I'm not sure but I wonder how things would be if they called plays from the box like is the norm.

milkman
02-04-2007, 09:44 AM
I was talking about Knapp...Knapp went with Mora, didn't he?

Yeah, that TO has been a model of class everywhere he's been, otherwise.

NaptownChief
02-04-2007, 11:42 AM
he was phenomenal when Dan Reeves was his coach...

Sometimes it's the player, other times it's the system.



He was a phenomenal runner that had a defense that was 8th in the league in points allowed.

There is plenty enough film available now for all the coaches to know he is a horrible passer and you no longer have to pay any respect to that aspect of his game. Same crap with Krydell Stewart. Effective initially because he could run so well but as soon as teams realize that is all they got they are of little use at the NFL level as a QB. Running ability is great when you can mix it with legitimate passing ability but when it is all you got it is nothing more than a short term novelty act.

Bowser
02-04-2007, 11:44 AM
Gunther Cunningham showed the league how to shut Vick down.

Nuff said.