Atlanta Falcons Make Same Mistakes
The Atlanta Falcons still don’t get it. They drafted a player 6 years ago, that played at the quarterback position. However, this wasn’t your typical quaterback. He was a quarterback that the world had never seen on a professional level. He had all the normal skills a pro quarterback might have, good arm, accuracy, and a tight spiral. However, his main skill was his ability in the open field. He had speed mixed with agility, and made number 7 a hard man to tackle. Yes, that number 7 is Michael Vick. The best player in college football his freshmen year. The guy that dazzled around a Florida State Defense that was 2nd to none. He almost put a team of scrubs on his back, and defeated a powerhouse team on national television.
Since arriving in Atlanta, the Falcons have tried to play Vick as you would any other quarterback. This didn’t fit Vick’s skills to the best of his ability, but he made it work enough to get noticed for sponsors and pro bowls. However, he hasn’t made it to the Super Bowl yet. A good reason why, is because the Falcon’s haven’t taken all the rules off of him yet. They have designed some things that did benefit him, but have yet to take the plunge and go all out.
Dan Reeves was the first to try this Michael Vick Project. His style of coaching was so set, that he didn’t break away from his game plan enough. Then you bring in rookie coach Jim Mora. Hard position for a rookie coach, to try and explore areas that have never been tapped before, and still try to earn the respect around the league. A rookie coach wants to win like any other coach, but his first concern is to prove that he just belongs.
Now bring in the 3rd coach for Vick. Bobby Pertrino from the Louisville Cardinals. Once again the Falcons will have a rookie coach, that is just wanting to prove that he belongs in the NFL. So he’s not likely to stray much from the typical NFL game plan. Which will leave the Falcon’s back at step one. The Michael Vick project will be ending soon in Atlanta. I’m not sure the Falcons will go with a 4th coach, when they will soon see the problem is with number 7.
The Falcons wanted to hire a coach that would be around for a long time. So making a rookie coach your choice is logical. However, it’s not what your superstar needs. The Falcons should have found a proven coach in the NFL. One that already has established his abilities as a pro coach. Then a coach like that, could focus more on bringing out the best of Michael Vick, instead of proving that he just belongs. It’s time to take the rules off your quarterback in Atlanta. No way should the most elusive man in the NFL ever run out of bounds, or take a knee like other quarterbacks do. No way should this guy not get more running opportunties than Warrick Dunn. Why in the world would you give Dunn more running plays per game, than Mr. Vick? Then don’t be afraid to use him in any situation. His ability can be used on special teams, defense, wide receiver, running back, etc… The possibilites are endless, and the Falcons better start exhausting all of these, before he ends up on another NFL team that is willing to do this.
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