When you figure the Falcons’ offense is to a large extent, geared towards the skills of their mobile QB, there’s something pretty sobering about Michael Vick’s conversation with Steve Wyche in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Q. Going into next season, are there some things that need to be changed offensively? This is supposed to be a West Coast offense, but you guys really don’t throw a lot of slant passes or quick-hitters like most teams that run the West Coast system.
A. “I thought the West Coast offense was supposed to be a lot of quick, dink-and-dunk passes and it’s not being run that way. I’m not saying it’s because of coach Knapp, but he’s calling the plays. My perception of the West Coast thing is starting to change too. We’re not doing what I see Seattle doing or San Francisco doing or Green Bay doing. We’re not doing those things. I don’t know if it’s Knapp changing those things around but as far as I know, it’s not the West Coast system as far as the way we run it.
“We’re not dinking and dunking the way it’s supposed to be done. It may be hurting me. It may be hurting the offense. I’m a little lost right now.”
Falcons coach Jim Mora responded to Vick’s answer:
“Mike’s right. We don’t run the West Coast offense. Greg and I have said that from Day One. Our offense is tailored to the skills of our players. That’s one of the reasons we’ve risen in rankings from 29th before Greg took over the offense to 12th this past season and we expect to get much better.”