This means we will see a healthy dose of runs – and not just from McCoy. I expect Bryce Brown to step up and show us that those big chunks of yards were for real, and that he can, in fact, hold onto the ball better than a high school sophomore.I think we’ll see occasional designed qb runs - but I do mean occasional. Maybe that fb/te dude we got will even get some burn.
Remember Vick’s passing game in Atlanta? It was all about between the hash marks, really. He hit Alge Crumpler as much as possible. This was because throws to big tight ends are the easiest throws to make, Alge was by far his best target (eewww Peerless Price was their number one wr), and because Vick was limited in reading the field.
Well, unfortunately, that’s not too far from our situation. While we have much better receivers than those Falcon teams, none of them are consistently reliable, none can grab a jump ball, and Vick still blows at decision-making. Running the ball and hitting the tight ends is a great way to limit the damage Vick does. To boot, Celek is more consistently reliable than any of our receivers. We basically have to manage the game with the mentality like Vick is a rookie, because that seems to be his level with decision-making.
An advantage we’ll have over the Vick-led Falcons and the Pats is great deep threats. However, the last two seasons we’ve not been able to utilize them to their potential. This is because teams began to realize that we leaned on the deep ball too much, so they backed off their safeties while bringing quick pressure on Vick.
We never properly adjusted, and Vick got walloped while our receivers got jammed or doubled. We need to counter this with button hooks, quick slants, posts, DAMMIT SOMETHING! Andy thought the only routes Desean was capable of were streaks and bubble screens, with the occasional end-around thrown in. I expect Chip to run a more diverse passing game and possibly even *gasp* change his plan in-game if it’s not working.
All in all, I expect Chip to figure this offense out and have them rolling by week 5 or 6. My concern is the D, in a big way. But that’s for another post. As long as we dumb it down for Vick, and don’t do what Andy did (steadfastly stick to things that aren’t working), and adjust our scheme to the personnel (not vice versa), I’m excited to see this offense.