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Old 01-12-2003, 11:00 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Michael Vick: Very Impressive

Atlanta fans have a very bright future.

Watching Michael Vick over the past two weeks has been very illuminating. There are a number of things that leap out at me.

First off: The guy can pass. His accuracy is uncanny. His arm strength is well-known. He has virtually nobody at receiver there.
Give him a stud and a capable veteran, and this team's offense will
be in among the top-tiered teams in the league.

Secondly: his decision-making and coolness under pressure is that of a veteran. All game he found the hot reads. It drove me nuts (as an Eagles fan). Wherever a Falcon receiver was open, Vick seemed to find him. The higher the pressure (third and long) the better he seemed.

Thirdly: Playing with pain. He got rocked all night long, though much more early than late. He got hit solidly, and he stood in there with a lot of poise.

And lastly, the most hyped aspect of his game is his athleticism. We all know what that is about, but I think in the years to come that his ability as a passed will separate him from the rest of the pack.

Furthermore, I will personally be rooting for him. He is a good kid. Unlike so many of these over-paid athletes, he knows the history of the game. He is modest and respectful...probably the most talented player in the game.

Last week against Green Bay he ran out of bounds and knocked over a spectator or assistant coach. Before running back onto the field, he stopped to help the guy up.

He took a major step forward last night in that loss.

I see many parallels between he and Donovan McNabb. Of course Vick is more talented, stronger arm, better speed, and more accurate. I think his decision-making will get better every time he plays. I expect to see many games between the two of them that will have a lot of meaning over the years.
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Old 01-12-2003, 11:57 AM   #2
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Yeah he's been playing great. He took a lot of hard hits yesterday.
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Old 01-12-2003, 12:28 PM   #3
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I totally agree with you.
I think that Vick is the absolute best player in the league, athleticly and mentally. If we can get a very good big play reciever for him than he can be even better. We have an awesome runningback core with Duckett and Dunn, and our O line is ok but needs some improvement. Our defense is awesome, and like I said I think we can have more than 1 super bowl runs in the next few years.
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Kornbix ... not so fast. Vick is spectacular, but he's not the best player in the league, especially mentally. I like Gannon, Faulk, Favre, etc., over him for the time being, but not for very long. Let's not declare him God when he's just barely gotten started.
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Old 01-13-2003, 03:50 AM   #5
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Default Re: Michael Vick: Very Impressive

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Atlanta fans have a very bright future.

Watching Michael Vick over the past two weeks has been very illuminating. There are a number of things that leap out at me.

First off: The guy can pass. His accuracy is uncanny. His arm strength is well-known. He has virtually nobody at receiver there.
Give him a stud and a capable veteran, and this team's offense will
be in among the top-tiered teams in the league.

Secondly: his decision-making and coolness under pressure is that of a veteran. All game he found the hot reads. It drove me nuts (as an Eagles fan). Wherever a Falcon receiver was open, Vick seemed to find him. The higher the pressure (third and long) the better he seemed.

Thirdly: Playing with pain. He got rocked all night long, though much more early than late. He got hit solidly, and he stood in there with a lot of poise.

And lastly, the most hyped aspect of his game is his athleticism. We all know what that is about, but I think in the years to come that his ability as a passed will separate him from the rest of the pack.

Furthermore, I will personally be rooting for him. He is a good kid. Unlike so many of these over-paid athletes, he knows the history of the game. He is modest and respectful...probably the most talented player in the game.

Last week against Green Bay he ran out of bounds and knocked over a spectator or assistant coach. Before running back onto the field, he stopped to help the guy up.

He took a major step forward last night in that loss.

I see many parallels between he and Donovan McNabb. Of course Vick is more talented, stronger arm, better speed, and more accurate. I think his decision-making will get better every time he plays. I expect to see many games between the two of them that will have a lot of meaning over the years.

Major step forward? His team didn't even score a touchdown!

And Vick's lack of height is always going to be a problem; he's always going to have a lot of passes batted down as a result.

Still, the Falcons can move forward next year if they get him some help. They're definitely going to need at least one wide receiver - two if Shawn Jefferson has gone the way of Antonio Freeman; i.e. lost too many steps. And with Tampa Bay again shut out of the first round of the draft due to the Jon Gruden "trade," the Falcons are a prime threat to snatch the NFC South title in 2003, if they can capitalize on the Bucs' lack of a number one pick by using their own first-rounder on someone who can step in and help them right away.
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One guy the Falcons are eying in free agency is Peerless Price. He'd be more than an awesome addition and would make Vick that much better. Scary.
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Scary, yes - but most unlikely. Right now, the trio of Price, Eric Moulds and, of course, Drew Bledsoe is the only thing about Buffalo that opponents have any real reason to fear - so the Bills would be absolute fools if they let Price leave.
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Old 01-15-2003, 07:32 PM   #8
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Ok so Vick isn't excatly the best mentally...but he is very good in creating things out of nothing. But Price would defintley make our team a helluva lot better.
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Old 01-16-2003, 05:00 AM   #9
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Remember that Lavernues Coles and David Boston are also "out there."
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Coles is a RFA, though, and I think it's highly unlikely they'll let the coach's choice for team MVP walk on anything but the most ludicrous of offers.

David Boston is going to warrant big bucks from the highest bidders. I don't think, down the stretch, that the Cards will be among them. The Cards are in the awkward (and symptomatic of poor management) position of having their top 3 WRs (Boston, Sanders, Jenkins) come up to UFA status all at the same time. It's a good thing they had the injuries they did: they got to see several scout team guys play in real, if meaningless, games. (McAddley's the only name that comes to mind among the late season tryouts the Cards had on the field.)

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No doubt he will be a great one, barring any serious injuries.
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Major step forward? His team didn't even score a touchdown!

Absolutely. Do you actually think that playing it that environment, against an Eagles D that hit him all night long, with the type of pressure that he had to deal with and performing well (he did) is not a step forward?

Not all things are measured in touchdowns.

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And Vick's lack of height is always going to be a problem; he's always going to have a lot of passes batted down as a result.

I think I will constrain my response to this: I disagree strongly.
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I think I will constrain my response to this: I disagree strongly.
What is there to disagree about? You can't deny height, or lack thereof. It won't be a huge problem for him, granted, but it certainly won't help him.
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Old 01-18-2003, 12:07 PM   #14
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What is there to disagree about? It won't be a huge problem for him, granted, but it certainly won't help him.
You pose a question and then answer it yourself.

Not only won't it be a huge problem, it won't be a problem at all.

Not very hard to glean that from what I wrote, unless one is looking for something with which to disagree.
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Atlanta fans have a very bright future.

Watching Michael Vick over the past two weeks has been very illuminating. There are a number of things that leap out at me.

First off: The guy can pass. His accuracy is uncanny. His arm strength is well-known. He has virtually nobody at receiver there.
Give him a stud and a capable veteran, and this team's offense will
be in among the top-tiered teams in the league.

Secondly: his decision-making and coolness under pressure is that of a veteran. All game he found the hot reads. It drove me nuts (as an Eagles fan). Wherever a Falcon receiver was open, Vick seemed to find him. The higher the pressure (third and long) the better he seemed.

Thirdly: Playing with pain. He got rocked all night long, though much more early than late. He got hit solidly, and he stood in there with a lot of poise.

And lastly, the most hyped aspect of his game is his athleticism. We all know what that is about, but I think in the years to come that his ability as a passed will separate him from the rest of the pack.

Furthermore, I will personally be rooting for him. He is a good kid. Unlike so many of these over-paid athletes, he knows the history of the game. He is modest and respectful...probably the most talented player in the game.

Last week against Green Bay he ran out of bounds and knocked over a spectator or assistant coach. Before running back onto the field, he stopped to help the guy up.

He took a major step forward last night in that loss.

I see many parallels between he and Donovan McNabb. Of course Vick is more talented, stronger arm, better speed, and more accurate. I think his decision-making will get better every time he plays. I expect to see many games between the two of them that will have a lot of meaning over the years.

I was impressed with Michael Vick until he was being pressured by the Eagles Defense and threw a stupid pass which was intercepted and returned a TD. I thought Vick was smart enough to know that you throw the ball out of bounds when being chased by 3 defenders. So Vick quickly took his team out of the game with tha horrible pass.
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