Michael Vick Needs To Just Follow The Script This WeekBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Saturday, September 8th, 2012
Michael Vick’s main job this week especially will be to follow the script as much as possible. The Browns don’t have the defensive personnel to stay with the Eagles receivers. If the Birds offensive line can give him the time he will savage the Cleveland secondary for big plays.
Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg do a great job of game planning and creating that script for Eagles quarterbacks. They tell him which receivers are probably going to be open and where he should go with the football. I think they have a strong game plan for the Browns this week.
They’re going to stress the Cleveland secondary with different personnel groupings which will create some serious mismatches. There will be receivers running wide open. Vick must focus on simply executing the game plan.
More times than not, Reid and Mornhinweg are right. I would love to see Vick focus on trying to limit his improvisations as much as he can, especially when the Birds are superior to their opposition like this week.
He needs to play more Clark Kent and less Superman than the game requires. He needs to go into this game with the goal of not adlibbing unless the game situation demands it. Get the ball in the hands of the playmakers and let them make plays. Stay away from taking chances with risky throws and all or nothing decisions.
First of all he needs to get the call from the sideline; call it properly in the huddle; then get to the line of scrimmage; make whatever protection adjustments need to be made; then be conservative with his decision-making.
Start out the game taking whatever they give you. Take the short throws with Brent Celek working against the linebackers. Get the ball out of your hands, so that you establish your rhythm.
Starting opening things up after that by looking deep for the big plays, when the opportunities present themselves. Don’t try to force it. Be patient while knowing that the opportunities will come.
Vick has to go into this game know that he doesn’t need to do anything great or amazing for the Eagles offense to light up this Cleveland defense.
If a play starts out poorly, then abandon the play by throwing the ball away or getting on the ground. He’s got to have the confidence that the big plays will come, but don’t try to turn a rescue a bad play because that’s when he gets in trouble.
At times a I feel Reid should be tougher on Vick about improvising so much. I would even threaten to sit him down if he continues to take unnecessary risks because it’s going to eventually cost him his career in one way or another if he doesn’t play in a more disciplined manner. It may too late to change him now, but you’ve got to demand that he stay on the script in a game like this.
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