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Doug Farrar

Doug Farrar

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A Good First Step


Between Michael Vick and Brett Favre, I don't think that two four-attempt preseason debuts have ever been more over-analyzed than these! That said, I thought Vick did alright - you could see the rust on both Vick and the Eagles' Wildcat plays. For all the folks who dismiss the 'Cat as a simple single-wing derivative, it does require a bit of actual coordination to work. The Eagles must get the timing on their plays together and improve their blocking before they can exploit Vick's specific talents to the fullest. The Dolphins use an extra right tackle in most of their option plays, and given the way Winston Justice played in last night's game, I'd suggest two extra for the Eagles!

From a quarterback perspective, Vick looked about as good as I'd expect him to, given the fact that he was never much of a quarterback in the first place. Once everyone's on the same page with Vick's specific usefulness and how that will manifest itself in game situations, we could see the Vick of old on the field. But he had a good first go - he didn't go out there with severely declining skills and embarrass everybody. He didn't run with Vince Young speed. The experiment wasn't a failure right off the bat. And right now, that's all we can ask.

By Doug Farrar  |  August 28, 2009; 9:29 AM ET  | Category:  Atlanta Falcons , Doug Farrar , Michael Vick , NFL , Philadelphia Eagles , Roger Goodell , Tony Dungy Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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