Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A quarterback controversy? Not this week

I really don't see Michael Vick playing lights-out this week.

The Lions have young legs. They'll watch game film of Vick. I don't think Vick can can run away from the opposition two weeks in a row on those 30-year-old legs.

The Lions are going to make Vick try to beat them with his arm. Anyone remember the last time he did that? Me either.

The could lose this game. Seriously. It's going to be tough cleaning up their opening day mess in one week. Especially with Andy Reid second-guessing himself for the way he deal with those concussions.

When Reid says "listen," and that he "fels very comfortable that we followed the protocol that was set forth," he's second-guessing himself.

All of that said the Eagles' defense is good enough to win this game - even without Stewart Bradley.


Anonymous poetx said...

did you actually watch the game? vick only ran when forced to by the total collapse of protection. by and large, he was very patient in the pocket (moreso than kolb).

he was very accurate with his passes (moreso than kolb), getting key first downs and putting the ball where only his receivers could get to it.

do you realize what game planning for vick means to the offense? it means that the backside DE, DT and LB do not crash down to close cutback lanes.

it means that defensive lines 'mush rush', or take a more controlled and disciplined approach to getting upfield, which makes things easier for the OL.

the additional one or two players assigned to 'spy' the qb are two defenders who are no longer allocated to pass defense (or blitz). for a team with multiple receiving weapons, this guarantees looser coverage for 2nd and 3rd options.

finally, it takes teams with good man-to-man corners and forces them to play zone, so that they don't give up outside containment if vick outruns the spy. in man to man, the db's backs are turned, so if vick runs, they don't know about it until he is 20 yds downfield. if you look at some of the big scrambles from sunday's game, it was a combination of aggressive rush, collapsed pocket, and tight man coverage which took away the passing option.

so what if they play zone? zone coverage is ideal for smart receivers who settle down in the gaps. look for celek to have a much bigger game.

don't take my word for it. watch how the DET game plays out and compare it to what i just wrote.

September 15, 2010 at 2:54 PM 
Anonymous poetx said...


September 20, 2010 at 11:39 AM 
Anonymous poetx said...

so it seems like i had a point.

September 21, 2010 at 9:41 PM 

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