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Vick is getting better at reading defenses

Did anybody else notice that Vick has been calling audibles more often? And successfully, I might add? I started noticing this during the Redskins game, but it was even more noticeable tonight. Vick would notice a blitz coming and change up the play. One of the biggest criticisms of Vick is that he's lacks the ability to read plays before the snap, resulting in a lot of blown plays. Tonight Vick showed of the results of his work this summer in learning to read the defense.

This is only clear cut example I could find right after the game, some of the images are a bit blurry so bear with me.

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This is the what Vick saw before the snap. He calls a screen to Maclin and ID's Sean Lee as a blitzer.Sensabaugh starts to creep to the inside, leaving Maclin 1-on-1 with Jenkins.

 

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This NFLN vid shows that Sensabaugh is going to blitz from the outside, Vick notices it and realizes that Maclin will have some space with a quick throw. The only person between Maclin and the endzone would be Jenkins, and he's playing off, allowing for there to be enough time for a blocker to take him out of the play.

 

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Here it is. Peters has been getting a lot of praise for getting blocks downfield this season, and with good reason. Here Peters gets a quick stalling block on Ware, then gets to the 9 from the 14 to take Jenkins out of the play giving Maclin plenty of room to get in from the score. Herremans and Kelce gets props as well for getting to the second level and driving Walker(#25) deep into the endzone.

 

This was a well executed play. The line blocked well and Maclin had a large amount of space to run in. Most of the credit goes to Vick though. He read the defense correctly and was able to call a play that got the Eagles into the endzone. This was the only example that I could find definitive video for, since I didn't record the game, but I saw Vick audible several times for successful plays. If Vick keeps progressing this way we will have the best of two worlds, a scrambling QB who can pass and read defenses like a pocket QB.

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