This stat made me a bit uneasy:
Maybe such suggestions are pointless. In 10 career games in which Vick passed for 200 or more yards, the Falcons are 5-4-1 (including playoffs and a non-start loss at Miami in 2001). Atlanta is 25-12 when he starts and fails to throw for 200 yards.
Under the guidance of Chris Chandler during his final 3 years here (1999-01), the Falcons were much more successful when he did a good job throwing the ball. They were 9-9 in games that Chandler had thrown for 200 or more yards, and 4-17 in games that he did not. But I guess that is the difference between the two offenses.
I don't think the system needs an overhaul, but a tweak here or there. We have good speed at the WR position. We don't have a bunch of burners, but Roddy has deep speed. Jenkins, Dez, and Pathon all can stretch the field as well. We should take more shots downfield, but then again, Vick has been very inaccurate on his deep throws. Is that because he can't throw them as well as believed, or just that it's so infrequent when he does, he has no rhythm?
Vick suggested a week or two ago that the Falcons use the 2-minute offense more often. Others on this board have said the same thing. Vick gets into a better rhythm in the 2-minute offense and is just a plain better passer. The only sign of life from Vick vs. the Saints was in the 2-minute offense and he complete 6 of 7 passes.
But I also believe that if you can't make a 9-yard slant work, then you have no business being a starting NFL QB.
I'm looking at Doug Flutie during his days in Buffalo where he went 21-9 as a starter, averaged 194 yards and 1.2 TDs a game, and a 81.7 passer rating. If Flutie can do it, why can't Vick? Flutie's handlers in Buffalo: Wade Phillips, Joe Pendry (current Texans OL coach) and Turk Schonert (current Saints QB coach).
It seems too easy to heap all the blame on the system or on Vick's shoulders. It would be easy to say that the system was better in 2002 when Vick had a career high 81.6 passer rating. But I believe that Vick is a better QB now, and that the offense employed by Reeves then was a watered-down version. Vick was very new to defenses, and few knew how to handle him. Vick ran anytime he didn't have an open receiver, and that's why his interceptions were so low.
So you might say that Reeves offense was a better fit, but I would add "at that time" to that statement. I don't think Vick is a bad fit in this offense. Donovan McNabb has played his entire career in a WCO. Randall Cunningham had his best year in a WCO. Mobility and a big arm doesn't automatically mean you're a poor fit for the WCO.
I htink Knapp wants totake more shots downfield, as he showed in the Patriots game. But I also think part of his reluctance is an overall lack of confidence in Vick. And I can partly understand. Schaub, in that Patriots game, had more accurate deep throws in that single game than Vick has had this entire season. It's hard to say to yourself "Let's do that more often!" when in the limited times you've done it, it hasn't worked. It's just counter intuitive.
I agree with Mora, tweaking is best. Overhauling it will only hurt the team more than help.