Ron Mexico Gets Testy.
After leading the Falcons' offense to 17 (not 71) points against the Dolphins on Sunday, quarterback Michael Vick lit into folks who have dared to acknowledge the obvious regarding his skills as a pocket passer.
Or, more accurately, the lack thereof.
"They say I can't throw the ball from the pocket and my passing efficiency isn't that good, so I had to show everybody," Vick said. "From here on out, I don't want to hear that question again, if I can throw the ball from the pocket and if I can make plays from the pocket. I feel like I answered them, so I don't ever want to hear it again."
Okay, Mike. You're the boss. We'll never again mention the fact that you're an elusive runner who isn't tall enough to see over the offensive line and who bails out of the pocket at the first sign of pressure and who then decides on a seat-of-the-pants basis whether to run or pass and who throws it if at all to the one pass-catcher who can actually be seen and who periodically delivers the ball with precision to someone other than the tight end from a location other than at or near the sidelines.
But we can still talk about the herp, right?
Frankly, we didn't put much stock in Vick's drawbacks as a quarterback until his team began to try to conceal his limitations by blaming the lack of a passing game on the wideouts. We merely thought that the issue was the organization's stubborn insistence on cramming Vick's round-pegged talent into the square hole of the West Coast Offense (which, it was explained at one point, isn't really the West Coast Offense because Atlanta isn't, you know, on the West Coast). But when the Falcons started pointing fingers at guys like Dez White and Peerless Price instead of merely acknowledging that Vick was and is a work in progress, we joined the chorus of folks who don't react well to being force-fed a fistful of fried bullsh-t.
If we were coaching this guy up, we'd devise an offense aimed at maximizing his skills and concealing his weaknesses. We wouldn't try to make him something he isn't; we'd merely try to win with what he is.
Maybe Jim Mora will figure that out, not that he's kicked his ammonia habit.
Given that the team is doing pretty darn well with Vick in a system that doesn't suit him, we can only imagine how good he and the team would be if he were in an offense tailor-made for his incredible gifts.
Sometimes running the Mularkey offense makes me feel like I'm in a prison.