Donovan has a suggestion for Michael Vick: “play pissed off”.
I think we have a future QB coach in the making, right? That is straight out of the Bill Walsh playbook. Page 6: “get Joe Montana to quit thinking and be angry…the Super Bowls will follow”.
Donovan could have talked about ball security or decision-making or getting the ball out quicker. Instead, he went with playing angry. Maybe I now understand why we didn’t win a Super Bowl. Yikes.
Donovan said that he played “pissed off” in 2008 after his benching and that helped us on our late season run (which did almost get us back to the Super Bowl). Donovan is an idiot. Pure and simple. Reid adjusted the offense. McNabb played smarter, not angrier. He’s doing himself a disservice by saying something like this. Go back and re-watch the MIN and NYG playoff wins. We had serious field position problems in those games. Donovan drove the offense from the goal line area out toward midfield a few times by making some really clutch 3rd down throws. He didn’t get any gold stars in the boxscore, but those were huge plays as we flipped the field and set the defense up in good field position. The defense allowed a total of 25 points in those games, partially because of help from McNabb and the offense.
As we head into the final 10 games of the 2012 season, I’m not sure I want Vick playing angry. If we move him to LB or FS, sure. At QB, I’d rather have him concentrating on the defense than getting fired up.
McNabb was great at ball security. Why couldn’t he have talked about that? He was the anti-turnover machine and that’s something to be proud of. McNabb could have really focused on valuing the ball and being extremely careful, so as not to put the defense in harm’s way or not to take points off the board. That would have been topical and wise.
Angry QBs? Ugh.
My advice to Vick:
1 – Ball Security – Mike, listen to the immortal words of Coach John Heisman “Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football.”
2 – Reads – Find the open guy. Don’t force the ball to anyone. Someone is open. Get them the ball. Or run. And think back to the previous point once you do that.
3 – Throws – When your guys are open, make good throws. Don’t waste opportunities.
4 – McNabb – Watch his games. Study his actions. Do not listen to his advice. Use the mute button. Listen to Three Sides Live by Genesis instead.
I hope Vick plays smart on Sunday or I’ll be the one shouting “Serenity now!!!”
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Speaking of Sunday…are you guys starting to get excited? I am.
I know there is a lot to be frustrated about, but this team still has outstanding potential. You never know if the switch will go on or when it will go on. I’d love to see it on Sunday.
We’ve done well vs the Falcons in recent years. Even last year we were up 31-21 in the 4th quarter. Vick got hurt and the defense fell apart. The Falcons do have new coordinators and we’ll get into that in the preview. This is a slightly different team, but they weren’t completely re-invented.
I really am excited to see the defense. They’ll get a significant test from Atlanta. Good. We have the talent to be a top flight defense. We’ll see right away what Bowles and the boys can do together. I’ve got realistic expectations. Shutout and 3 defensive TDs, plus a safety. Sounds reasonable, right?
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Last week I watched some show on PE.com that had a segment from the Scouting Combine. They actually showed the interview the Eagles had with Mychal Kendricks. I’ve never seen this kind of footage before. Very interesting.
Mychal told a great story. Someone asked him about DeSean, since he’s a Cal guy and Mychal is a Cal guy. Mychal said he went to Cal on a recruiting visit and he was introduced to DeSean. Mychal wasn’t all that impressed, which shocked his host. Why? Mychal didn’t know who DeSean was. You can imagine that DeSean, who was a big time college star, was surprised as well. He handled it great, though.
DeSean grabbed a bottle of Gatorade from Mychal’s hand. He opened it and took a swig, then gave the bottle back to Mychal and said, “You can now tell people that DeSean Jackson once drank some of your Gatorade.”
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