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1/2011: Scouting Report on Michael Vick

January 31st 2011 15:55
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.
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Comment by Gabe Lock

January 31st 2011 21:10
No doubt he is comeback player of the year. Other than Peyton Manning, he is my favorite QB to watch on Sunday's.

Comment by Jeff Glade

January 31st 2011 21:59
I'm glad to see Vick bounce back from all of his personal problems, but he still has a lot of work to do. As you said, once defenses started to get more of a look at what he could do, they were consistantly coming up with schemes to keep him more in check. The Eagles need him to step up to the next level if they hope to stay competitive in the division.

Comment by nbageek

February 1st 2011 01:04
Yeah, Vick does have work to do, but he has matured quite a bit this season, and is one of the elite quarterbacks in the league

Comment by Michael Wasco

February 1st 2011 02:53
Comeback player of the year without question. Also without question, Vick will not be a "complete" quarterback without at least a whisper of an offensive line. When given time, Vick's downfield passing is as accurate as anyone's, and to those speedy receivers? Look out. But as noted by several, Vick's inability to recognize the blitz coupled with his line's inability to block a standard blitz, let alone a complicated one, put him into run-first mode too quickly and too often. But on one thing I disagree - I don't put Vick as an "elite" quarterback. Very good, maybe borderline, but not elite. There are too many things missing from his resume to proclaim him an elite QB. He had a great year. Do it again again and again, then we'll talk. My $0.02.

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