Mora to implement West Coast offense

The Falcons believe the key to getting Michael Vick to throw more completions is improving his footwork.

Updated: February 3, 2004, 12:22 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
When the Atlanta Flacons hired Jim Mora, Jr. to be their 13th head coach, he made the bold decision to bring offensive coordinator Greg Knapp with him from San Francisco. The risk had nothing to do with Knapp's offensive acumen, though, because in each of his three seasons coordinating the 49ers' attack his teams ran for more than 2,200 yards and passed for more than 3,400 yards.

But the gaudy numbers were compiled in the West Coast offense, which is big on short passes designed to hit a receiver in stride and maximize his yards after the catch. Is the unique skill set of quarterback Michael Vick suited to the style? The offense requires pinpoint passing, and Vick has been scattershot in his brief career.

In his 28 career games, Vick has a completion percentage of 52.2, a mark that ranks below those of Joey Harrington and Quincy Carter. In fact, no regular quarterback has a lower completion percentage since 2001. So how are the Falcons going to solve that problem?