That’s why we have been talking about the Eagles changing their offense to fit new quarterback, Kevin Kolb.¬† His strength is accuracy and consistency rather than Donovan McNabb’s arm strength and athleticism.
I could see that Kolb needs his experienced teammates in the mix to get the most out of the practices.¬† Kolb likes to throw the ball on time and these young receivers aren’t ready for that yet.
He needs guys in there who know the offense.¬† Numerous times yesterday he would drop and wait for these rookie wideouts and tight ends to get open but unfortunately they weren’t getting open much yesterday.
He pulled the ball down a number of times and scrambled rather than throwing the ball up for grabs.¬† I give him a lot of credit for having patience with all of the youngsters who are out there trying to learn the offense.
Many NFL experts have made predictions that Michael Vick won’t be a part of the Eagles roster when the season starts because he can’t run the offense like Kolb, but yesterday I saw Mornhinweg calling plays which fit Vick’s strengths, just like he did for McNabb.
I saw the lefthanded Vick bootlegging to his left and throwing ball to a crossing tight end, then sprinting out to his left and hitting a wide receiver on an out route.
Those plays aren’t necessarily staples of the west coast offense but Steve Young, who was lefthanded and also a great athlete like Vick, had a great deal of success running those plays.
I think Young was the guy who Andy Reid and Mornhinweg were thinking about when they decided to sign Vick.¬† Yes, you remember Young started out in the USFL, then went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and fell on his face.
Like Vick he was given up as a disastrous failure but Hall of Fame San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh signed him and let his offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren and quarterback coach Mornhinweg groom him for a few years until he developed into being a Hall Of Fame quarterback.
It seems to me that Mornhinweg is creating two offenses, one for Kolb and one for Vick.¬† They’re going to have Kolb going one, two, three and the ball is out on shorter routes, but Vick is going to be given the opportunity to create and throw the ball deep in much the same way that McNabb did.
Last year Kolb was backing up McNabb even though they ran their strengths are different and Mornhinweg called different plays for them.¬† Why should Vick be able to back up for Kolb if Kolb could backup for McNabb?
I think Vick is going to be the backup quarterback on this football team this year and I think the Eagles coaching staff believe they can win with Kolb or Vick.