Michael Vick / Tony Romo are trying to do too much
I’ve seen this one quite often on all the sports highlight shows and this one drives me up the wall.
I get it. Romo and Vick are turning the ball over.
But without their efforts, would the teams even be in the games to begin with? Romo had the Jets on their heels for a majority of the 1st week game. Vick got blitzed relentlessly by the Rams and had solid defensive ends on his rear on Sunday night.
I need the talking heads to do me a favor and really pinpoint the problem. Don’t give me, the viewer, a generic, one-size-fits-all reason for the problem.
Vick and Romo both are guilty of not protecting the ball when they run. Plain and simple. SAY THAT. Tell me that Vick holding the football like a 40oz bottle of Olde English is a bad thing. Tell me when Romo dives for a touchdown and gets stripped like cable wire that he has to hold the football tighter to his body and not like a freshly made Subway sandwich. Because when you tell me otherwise, it’s as if you want these players to change and be more stationary and work from the pocket and be COMPLETELY WHO THEY ARE NOT! As much as I love seeing a QB operate like a surgeon from the pocket, a running QB is not something I see and immediately turn from the screen in horror, screaming, “Dear Lord, the horror! They’re using their legs to move the ball forward and they aren’t running backs!! TURN IT OFF! MY EYES!!”
These two players have to do what they do in order to get their teams chances at scores, whether that is field goals or touchdowns. They have to use their legs because offensive linemen protection isn’t a given, defensive schemes are pressure based and everyone’s job is to stop them. The advantage these 2 QBs have is they can run and cause a lot of coordinators headaches with their feet.
There seems to be this conspiracy against a quarterback having any type of athletic ability. If you don’t play the position as the purists want, you will be endlessly criticized when you do the slightest thing wrong. You NEVER hear this whenever it comes to Peyton Manning or Tom Brady.
(The constant chorus about those two is a Super Bowl ring…but you don’t see Eli Manning getting covered – and he had the toughest test at the time with the undefeated Pats!)
What’s also funny is that the highlight packages for both players are both very large and extensive and whenever the team is playing well, they’ll gladly show us these plays ad nauseum. They make throws that some QBs can only dream of with a touch that is unparalleled. Yet they have one bad game early or have a few bad plays and next thing you know, it’s crisis time on NFL Live where former players sit in costly suits, telling me the Eagles and Cowboys are pretenders.
Here’s a face that’s similar to the one that I’d make when I hear basura like that.
More of these to come…