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    Ron Mexico blames others....again.

    POSTED 11:48 p.m. EDT, October 19, 2006
    VICK BLAMES COACHES, WISHES FOR ELITE RECEIVERS

    In an interview on HBO's Inside the NFL that hasn't gotten nearly as much play as it merits, Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has once again undermined his coaching staff and blamed his receivers for the fact that he's not generating the same stats as the elite NFL passers.

    Since we don't subscribe to the pay-only channel, Kevin Flaherty of HBO forwarded to us a copy of the excerpts that were released to the media.

    In one part of the interview with Cris Carter, Vick complains about the fact that he doesn't pass the ball as much under the Jim Mora regime as he did when Dan Reeves was the coach.

    "You've got to throw the ball sometimes," Vick said.
    "You can't just line up and run the ball every time on first and second down.
    Teams key in on that and they have coaches, too.
    We're going to have to throw it more and Coach [Mora] . . . Coach is going have to trust in me to get it done and I'm up to the challenge to get it done.

    "I feel like I'm at a stage where I can almost do it all.
    I want to continue to run the football and make plays and be a threat with my legs, you know, but I just feel that the game is easier when you're throwing the football.
    That's the fun part of it.
    You've just got to be given the opportunity.

    "When Reeves was here, I was 50 yards shy of 3,000 yards passing, and I was among top 15 in passing in NFL.
    Coach Reeves, he believed in me and gave me a chance to throw the football."

    Actually, Vick threw for 2,936 yards in 2002, and he was ranked 18th in the league in passer rating.

    And if Mora and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp might have felt alone under the bumper of the bus, Vick also pitched receivers Michael Jenkins, Roddy White, and Ashley Lelie down there, too.
    Consider this exchange:

    CARTER: "Do you ever sit back and say, 'Man, you know, I wish I had Chad Johnson.
    I wish I had a Randy Moss . . . ."

    VICK: " . . . . or a Marvin Harrison."

    CARTER:
    "Or Marvin Harrison."

    VICK:
    "I always think about that, Cris.
    I always think, if I played in Indianapolis, what type of effect would I have on that team?
    Or what would I be able to do different?
    It's something I wish I could do for just one week."

    Um, Mike?
    Are you suggesting that you are as good as Peyton Manning, and that he's on his way to the Hall of Fame simply because of his supporting cast?


    Surely, he doesn't believe that.

    Then again, maybe he does.
    And maybe that's the problem in Atlanta.
    Perhaps Vick isn't willing to objectively assess and acknowledge his limitations.
    As a result, when things go badly, it's never going to be because he might not be the quarterback he thinks he is.
    Instead, it's because the receivers aren't named Moss or Harrison, or because the coaches don't know what they're doing.

    Our advice to the Falcons?
    Make his wish come true.
    Trade him to the Raiders after the season, where he can play with Moss.
    Give the starting job to Matt Schaub.
    Sure, some of the fans might not understand.
    But when the team starts winning many more games than it loses, they'll come around.

    And the problem definitely is Vick.
    During the Monday brouhaha that the folks at Flowery Branch will deny until they day they die, Knapp said things like "I can lead the horse to water but I can't make him drink" and "He simply isn't an NFL-caliber passer."

    Knapp is right.
    Vick isn't a pocket passer.
    He's a running back who can wreak havoc when he gets out of the pocket, either by finding an open man or pulling the ball down and taking off.
    Although it appears that the coaching staff is committed in 2006 to implementing an attack aimed at maximizing Vick's strengths and minimizing his weaknesses, it sounds like Vick isn't willing to acknowledge that he has any weaknesses.

    And that's the one thing that will prevent him from ever becoming the best quarterback he can be.

    So trade him, Falcons.
    Take the cap hit and trade him.
    Do it after June 1 if you need to spread the consequences over two seasons, but get rid of him.
    Your chances of getting back to the Super Bowl and finishing the job will be much better if/when you do.

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    Vick continues to miss mark as passer
    Associated Press
    19 Oct. 2006



    ATLANTA (AP) - Maybe the Atlanta Falcons should bring back Dan Reeves as their offensive coordinator.


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    Re: Ron Mexico blames others....again.

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    Falcons | Ron Mexico discusses Week 6, offensive philosophy
    Fri, 20 Oct 2006 09:05:46 -0700

    Steve Wyche, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick told HBO's Cris Carter during an interview on Inside the NFL that after his Week 6 performance in which he was sacked a career-high seven times, "It's the worst I ever felt." Vick also discussed the team's offensive philosophy. "You've got to throw the ball sometimes," Vick said. You can't just line up and run the ball every time on first and second down. Teams key in on that and they have coaches, too. We're going to have to throw it more. Coach [Jim Mora] is going have to trust in me to get it done and I'm up to the challenge to get it done." Vick cited his time under former head coach Dan Reeves as evidence of his passing skills. "When Reeves was here, I was 50 yards shy of 3,000 yards passing, and I was among top 15 in passing in NFL. Coach Reeves, he believed in me and gave me a chance to throw the football."

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    Re: Ron Mexico blames others....again.

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    Re: Ron Mexico blames others....again.

    When all you do is run why do you need an elite reciever?

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    Re: Ron Mexico blames others....again.

    POSTED 11:01 a.m. EDT, October 20, 2006

    VICK "NOT A LEADER"

    In response to the recent comments of Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, in which Vick openly lobbies for more opportunities to throw the ball and muses about playing with elite receivers, a league source has offered up a damning assessment of the first overall pick in the 2001 draft.

    "Michael Vick is not a leader," said the source.

    The problem, as the source and others have explained to us over the years, is that the Falcons have opted to make Vick the nucleus of the franchise.
    He's got the huge contract.
    He gets all of the attention.
    The owner pushed him around in his wheelchair.

    It's not the way to build a championship team, especially since Vick isn't saying and doing the things necessary to get his teammates to come together and win the tough games.
    Instead, Vick risks creating even more resentment by subtly criticizing his coaches and his teammates by suggesting that, if he were on a "real" team like the Colts, he might become the quarterback that he'll never be in Atlanta.

    Still, Vick puts butts in the seats of the Georgia Dome and money in the pockets of owner Arthur Blank.
    So, for now, Blank is willing to choose making a huge profit over winning a Super Bowl.

    And Blank will continue to make those huge profits as long as Vick is playing.
    But Blank won't get to press his porn-star 'stache against that silver ball perched atop the Lombardi.



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    Re: Ron Mexico blames others....again.

    I was watching the show and when this segment came on I was laughing so hard!!
    How can he really believe the garbage he is saying??
    I guess all the hype got to him and he thinks he is much more talented than he is.

    What is also hysterical is in the 2-3 games Schaub played last year with the Falcons he brought them to the #1 offense in the NFC each time he played.
    Blank is of the Red McCombs philosophy, fill the stands whocares about the results and make cash......

    Raiders would be the best fit for Vick, they dont care about winning either and he could play with Moss and Porter.

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    Re: Ron Mexico blames others....again.

    Sorry, but elite QBs don't need elite WRs to pass the ball.
    Elite Qbs MAKE elite WRs by passing them the ball.

    If Vick was ad kind of a passer he would have such a hard time getting the ball to his WRs because he'd have a little thing called accuracy.


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    Re: Ron Mexico blames others....again.

    There is an interesting thought: What if Mike Vick played in Indianapolis?

    Nah...I'd rather have Manning.

    Vick needs to grow up and face the fact that he sucks as a quarterback. He's not a drop back passer and never will be. Everytime I watch the guy he misses wide open receivers and throws INTs because he throws balls high and behind his receivers. If he wants more of a role throwing the ball, maybe he should work on his accuracy.

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    Re: Ron Mexico blames others....again.

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    POSTED 11:01 a.m. EDT, October 20, 2006

    VICK "NOT A LEADER"

    In response to the recent comments of Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, in which Vick openly lobbies for more opportunities to throw the ball and muses about playing with elite receivers, a league source has offered up a damning assessment of the first overall pick in the 2001 draft.

    "Michael Vick is not a leader," said the source.
    What source?
    Maybe the janitor for the Cowboys locker room.
    :
    I hate it when someone says something critical but doesn't have the balls to put their name on it.

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    Re: Ron Mexico blames others....again.

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    "Acumen" wrote:
    POSTED 11:01 a.m. EDT, October 20, 2006

    VICK "NOT A LEADER"

    In response to the recent comments of Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, in which Vick openly lobbies for more opportunities to throw the ball and muses about playing with elite receivers, a league source has offered up a damning assessment of the first overall pick in the 2001 draft.

    "Michael Vick is not a leader," said the source.
    What source?
    Maybe the janitor for the Cowboys locker room.
    :
    I hate it when someone says something critical but doesn't have the balls to put their name on it.
    Usually I would agree with you.
    All non-sourced articles are not the same.
    Mike Florio has connections throughout the league because he doesn't divulge sources if they don't want him to.
    That's why he frequently breaks stories before the mainstream press.
    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain

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