The Indianapolis Colts announced the hiring of a new head coach today by selecting Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano. The Oakland Raiders appear to be ready to announce the selection of Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as their new head coach.
With the Tampa Bay Bucs set to meet with former Packer head coach Mike Sherman for the second time it appears as if Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will be back on the sidelines next to Andy Reid in 2012. The offensive side of the ball is not the issue going into 2012 so I believe the return of Mornhinweg will be a good thing for the offense and one guy in particular will benefit the most from Mornhinweg returning. That guy is quarterback Mike Vick.
Vick so far in his Eagles career has not had an off season to work with Mornhinweg and coach Reid as the starting quarterback. Last year the offseason was wiped away by the lockout which prevented Vick from working with the coaching staff. The off season before that Vick was going into the season as the backup to Kevin Kolb so the extent of work he did with the coaches was limited compared to Kolb.
When Vick took over for Kolb in 2010 it appeared as if he was unstoppable for the majority of the season. He finally found his groove and working with Mornhinweg as a starter was a big part of it. For whatever reason though Vick tailed off at the end of 2010 and it carried over into an inconsistent 2011. Number 7 had flashes of brilliance in 2011 but nothing compared to the level of play he displayed for the majority of 2010. The lockout and lack of direction from Mornhinweg and the coaching staff played a vital role in Vick’s development going into this past season.
Vick unfortunately appears to be the type of player that can’t progress on his own. For whatever reason he needs the coaches to stay on top of him and guide him on how to play the position of quarterback. In Atlanta he was a different player all together as he tuned coaches out left and right which prevented him from ever getting to the level of play he had in 2010 with the Eagles. Vick was purely a running quarterback in Atlanta and wasn’t taught properly on the position. Mornhinweg has taken the time to explain to Vick how the fundamentals can affect your play on the field.
He’s showing him how dynamic of a quarterback he can be if he learns how to stay in the pocket, throw downfield, and still utilize his running ability when needed. It’s appears as if the relationship between Vick and Mornhinweg is strong as both tend to speak highly of one another and enjoy working together.
A full off season under the tutelage of Mornhinweg and Reid may just allow Vick to have the bounce back season he needs in 2012. Vick’s inconsistent play and knack for turnovers in 2011 ultimately contributed to the Eagles not making the post season. He clearly got away from the things that made him so dominant during the majority of 2010 and even though he tailed off at the end of 2011 he was never given an extensive opportunity to clear up the issues with his play during the offseason because of the lockout.
I expect big things from Mike Vick in 2012. He has the drive and determination to become a top quarterback in the league as long as he stays healthy and doesn’t turn the ball over. Mornhinweg returning and providing a full off season of direction and guidance to Vick will benefit not only Vick but the entire offense. Things happen for a reason and maybe it’s just meant to be that Mornhinweg stays put in 2012 and allows us all to see a comeback season from number 7.