I usually don't post on the weekend but since I took a day off this week, I kinda felt compelled to give the readers something. Watching the past couple of weeks of football has everyone wondering can anyone in the NFL stop Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles appear to have stopped themselves with a ton of drops in their last game, but was it defense or was it just a lack of wide receiver focus.
If one looks closely at the Giants versus Eagles game, which is probably what Bears coach Lovie Smith has spent the last few weeks doing, they will notice the technique that the Giants’ defense uses. They know that Vick is most comfortable when he is in the pocket. But New York’s defensive backs forced Vick to leave the pocket from the right. Since Vick is left-handed, he would have to stop and pass the ball when leaving from the right, making it easier to tackle him.
Vick was forced to drop back from the line of scrimmage 47 times and scrambled out of the pocket eight of those times. He rolled left five times, during which he completed two of four passing attempts, got a first down, and rushed for a five yard gain. On the opposite hand, when Vick was forced to the right, he was pushed by the Giants’ defense to run. But even then, he gained only 13 yards, did not attempt a single pass, and had no first downs.