Watching Michael Vick out there last night against the Jaguars reminded me of someone. Don't laugh, but he reminded me of early Donovan McNabb - when he used to run. Watching Vick trying to be a pocket quarterback last night was a very solid affirmation of Marty and Andy's coaching abilities and at times very frustrating.
Vick was holding onto the ball much longer than either Kolb or Kafka and as the pocket collapsed you could see the man fighting himself NOT to run. There were a few plays where, no doubt, he could have picked up at least a first down, maybe broken open, but he did what he is being coached to do, and that says a lot about the guy. Last year I thought he was an uncoachable, 'loose cannon on deck'. This year, I am watching change his game like Rocky switching from being a southpaw to a right handed fighter. (OK, so that was just a movie.)
All this is nice, but I still say that if Donovan McNabb continued to run the ball after his ACL tear as much as he did before the ACL tear, two things would have happened:
1. The Eagles never would have considered a need for a Wildcat formation because McNabb was an "Always-on" Wildcat.
2. The Eagles would more likely have won a Lombardi Trophy.
Conclusion: Don't over coach Vick to the point that his greatest assets are lost. He is a square peg - a scrambling quarterback and one hell of a runner. While you can shave down some of his corners so he fits the offense a little better, reads better and passes more effectively, don't turn him into the round peg that never leaves the pocket. What a waste of natural talent that would be.
Right now I see him not only as a backup, but also as a great Red Zone assest and an excellent momentum changer should the offense get bogged down.