Originally posted by Joecool:
Dude knows what he's talking about. He must also hate Vick.
- Bradford: he's a pocket QB that relies on the OL and is not comfortable when he's pressured. He's not terrible but he's not playing as good as he should. His OL has not been good but Bradford needs to get better in the pocket when there are people around him. He needs to play up to his draft spot.
- Rams Pass rush: two very good edge rushers but will only be a factor on 3rd and 7+
- Vernon Davis: They may not be designing plays but you really can't tell what Roman's thinking. All the film shows is that they are not going to him as much. He remembers last year seeing specifically designed plays for Vernon where they split him out and it was obvious the play was designed for him.
- Vick: 2010, threw the ball better but he made many plays outside of structure. Improv is random and not always good. Eventually, you must play within structure. Reid's system is QB friendly. Vick has never been a true timing/anticipation passer. He doesn't make his OL better by delivering on time. He's a "see it first" QB in that he needs to see the man open first which is why he holds the ball a beat longer than he needs. Rarely see elite QB's take the shots he takes by the DL. If PHI does not perform well vs the Saints, then you know not only is Vick not good, the entire offense is not good either. They should be able to throw the ball. Can't get more spot on than this.
- Falcons: Nolan wasn't a good head coach but is a very good D coordinator. Not sure why people think ATL is not that good. Explosive wideouts that win one-on-one battles that a not a lot of NFL receivers can do.
- Andrew Luck: He has great pocket movement. Cossell values this attribute as the most important attribute. Far more important than running out of the pocket. Great ball location when he moves within the pocket. Compares Luck to Big Ben in terms of his ability to move within the pocket. Luck and Tannehill are being asked to do the most. Wilson and Griffen work off the run game and are not being asked to do a lot within in the context of the offense.
Bradford has been crippled by a very bad OL and lack of quality receivers. Where Cossell goes off the reservation on Bradford is saying he should be "playing up to his draft spot." Bradford can't block and run routes AND then throw the ball. The test of Bradford's value will come down the line when the Rams provide him with an effective OL and more than Danny Amendola as a pass receiver. Amendola is a nice player but he is much like Kyle Williams - quick, but not great speed.
Quinn and Long can be disruptive off the edge but that is about it. Rams will add some A gap blitzes to supplement and can be effective with that if the interior OL is not alert.
Davis has been held in to block more this season than last. Also, the lack of WR speed to pull safeties away from Vernon has also been a problem. Davis snuck up on the league last year. This season teams with good corners that can play man coverage can then double Davis and take him out of the game.
Vick has always been over-rated.
Nolan was a good DC when he was here. He just doesn't appreciate offense. Atlanta will go deep into the playoffs because of Nolan and the fact that Julio Jones and Roddy White are studs who can fly and are also strong enough to contend physically for the ball.
Luck is more advanced than most rookies, in part because he had good training from Harbaugh and Company before he left Stanford. Also, many people overlook the fact that Indy's OL was a strong point last season and continues to provide Luck with good pass protection. Also, Indy brought in THREE good, FAST WRs to go along with Reggie Wayne. Though Luck has certainly played above expectations, the personnel improvements the FO made in all areas of the team are pretty impressive. If Vick Ballard stays healthy, this team may go farther than some people think.