This is a new thing that I am doing where I write a scouting report of a certain NFL player and give his strength and weaknesses. I also talk a tiny bit about schematics and the coaching that is involved with this player. As I am not an official scout, it won’t be as in-depth as you might like it. But it is a good general overview for those that want the basics about a player.
QB Michael Vick 6 Ranked Quarterback
Michael Vick is Marty Morninhweg and Andy Reid’s latest success. Vick finally as the accuracy to play at a high level thanks to how his mechanics have been tooled by the Eagles’ coaching staff. With Vick, the Eagles have moved away from the traditional West Coast Offense that Reid brought in, to the vertical offense. This enables Vick to do what he does best- besides running- and that’s throw it downfield to DeSean Jackson.
Vick relies less on his running than in Atlanta, but he still needs to improve in the pocket. Although he is now a pass first QB- especially compared to his Falcon days- he still comes out of the pocket too early. It isn’t about running, it’s about staying in the pocket. Granted, his offensive line is poor. But he doesn’t have the quick-get-it-out-there ability that QBs like Aaron Rodgers have. He holds onto the ball too much.
Michael Vick never tried- or had to- study tape in Atlanta. That was a huge mistake. Filmwork is a staple for a QB that needs to put themselves back on the map- especially in Philly. No slackers are allowed with the Eagles’ coaches. Vick has willingly devoted himself to film study to make him a better player, and his blitz and coverage recognition have improved because of this. He is no longer the clueless QB.
Vick is an elite quarterback that is a supremely talented athlete. However- although he has improved- he still has trouble facing disguise blitz packages. We saw an example of this against the Minnesota Vikings. Defenses had more tape on the New Vick as the season wore on, thus allowing them to set-up intricate schemes to shut him down. Vick still has durability questions that aren’t helped by him holding onto the ball so much.
Vick has cut down on his turnovers because he runs it when there are no good options to throw it to. He needs to trust his arm a little bit more. This is a sign of a quarterback not having great accuracy. Vick has good accuracy, but people mistake him for having great accuracy. Vick has become a better player and better person. I applaud him for that. He is unquestionably the greatest rushing QB in history, and I hope he continues to prosper.