Ever since Michael Vick had a monstrous year in 2010 earning the AP Comeback player of Year award, there have always been questions if he can become a true elite quarterback. Vick certainly has to stemming from the coaching staff to the players who surround him.
Last year, when the Eagles where in tough spots, one of the reasons the Eagles failed were Vick’s decisions he made when passing the ball. Let’s not forget that he is 6’0” trying to pass the ball over defenders who stand a towering 6’6” and larger.
Two years ago vs. the Indianapolis Colts, Vick was taking much deeper drops to see the entire field. Maybe he needs to start doing this again more often as it proved to be successful two years ago. Vick has certainly become a much more accurate passer since joining the team, hitting his targets in stride, and throwing bullets to thread the needle on most plays.
When the Eagles played division rival Dallas Cowboys last season on Halloween? Vick was able to recognize what the defense was throwing at him and the Eagles did what they wanted, for the most part. However, there are areas where Vick can improve, and should be using the offseason to do so.
Vick needs to learn to read the defense quicker so he can release the ball in a much timelier manner. He must also be more cautious when he decides to scramble out of the pocket and run with the ball. And when he does run, he needs to slide like a quarterback is supposed to slide, feet first. Fans don’t want to hear him saying, “I don’t like to slide, and I don’t know how to.”
Remember Vick vs. the Giants in the Miracle at the new Meadow lands back in 2010? When he was leading his team down the field, and when he decided to run, he dropped to the ground, and it was his version of a slide. He needs to get back to doing that again because, the man has been injured every year in his career except 2006, and if the Eagles are going to be dangerous, Michael Vick needs to stay on the field, and remain healthy. If not, then Vick and Trent Edwards or Mike Kafka might was well start splitting reps, because you know with Vicks’ his style of play, it’s a matter of time before he gets injured.
All of these things can be fixed, and with a much needed full offseason, the Birds will have a great 2012 season. There are no excuses for Vick, or the Eagles, in 2012! Vick must emerge as a true leader on the field and lead this team to another winning season. Plus, he has all of his players coming back for the upcoming year. So as Vick said recently, it’s time to “get it done”!
Not turning the football over would be a huge help, in trying to get the Eagles to the promise land, and winning the big dance.
If Vick is dropping back to pass, and no one is open, and there’s a running lane, run and get as many yards as you can and then slide, or fall to the ground! Stop taking unnecessary hits! Hell, if no one is open, throw the ball away! Fall to the ground and take a sack if need be, just don’t turn the football over.
Vick can’t do it all by himself, and the team also has step it up a notch. If Vick makes a mistake and turn the football over, it’s the defenses responsibility to bail the offense out. It works both ways, if Vick doesn’t turn the football over, then it gives the defense more time to rest.
DeSean Jackson has his new contract. DeSean, start playing like you want to win, and not like some scrub off the street!
McCoy has been able to do a lot also. Even though the Eagles lost left tackle Jason Peters to a ruptured Achilles tendon, they have replaced him by signing free agent offensive tackle Demetress Bell who played with the Buffalo Bills in 2011. Bell also replaced Peters, when the Eagles picked up Peters. Switching it over to the tight end position, Brent Celek is the man and finding him a solid backup should be thrown in the mix, so the offense should be ready to go.
Juan Castillo is heading into his second year and should be ready to get to work with this defense. Castillo needs to keep it up with knowing when to call and when not to call the blitzes, especially with the Amiba blitz packages (Having Jason Babin and Trent Cole standing up and blitzing straight up the middle and etc.) With cornerback Asante Samuel most likely on his way to being traded, Juan now has Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha as two premier shutdown corners. There’s no reason why receivers should be getting open all day with these two pro bowl corners backs taking on the best wide receivers.
With the upcoming draft, the Eagles should draft an outside linebacker, and a strong safety. Those are the main vocal points that screamed out for attention last year. Get some other pieces as well, and the 2012 season should be an exciting one to watch.
All Michael Vick has to do, is stay healthy and make better decisions and the Eagles will go far in the upcoming season. This has to be his break-out year to make something happen. He has told reporters that he’s been in the Nova Care complex almost every day training and trying to get better. Let’s make it happen and get ready to knock someone in their mouth, because this offensive can be deadly if used right.