A change that will come in the installation of his offense, new Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino insists that Falcons quarterback Michael Vick will be allowed to audible. He told this to reporters while in Miami this week for Super Bowl festivities, at the urging of Falcons owner Arthur Blank as a good opportunity for networking.
This represents a marked change in philosophy from the previous coaching staff helmed by head coach Jim Mora and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. Knapp admittedly was not a “fan” of audibles, and limited Vick’s ability to do so. Under Knapp, Vick was only allowed to modify protection schemes and determine which side of the field a play was to be run on. Under Petrino, he will be given significant latitude to change the play further.
Although Petrino hired former Bengals receivers coach Hue Jackson to serve as the Falcons new offensive coordinator, Petrino himself will be the team’s play-caller.
Petrino stated that Vick was excited about the new challenge and that he’s confident that Vick can handle his new workload. Petrino also told reporters that the Falcons would focus on adding strength and size to their offensive line.