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A dream offense

What if Falcons' Vick became a hybrid QB/RB?

Posted: Friday June 17, 2005 1:08PM; Updated: Friday June 17, 2005 4:46PM
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All Michael Vick needs is a good spinning fullback and he'd be unstoppable.
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From Musa of Arlington, Texas, and stay tuned for the wrap-up because there's an interesting footnote about his name ... where was I? Oh yeah, from Musa of Arlington: Did the idea of a double-QB offense at Atlanta, featuring Michael Vick lined up in a shotgun, alongside another QB or maybe spread out, or something, ever cross my mind?

OK, I'll need room for this one (although I could swear I wrote about it a couple of years ago). One night I had a dream ... honest, this came to me in a dream. The dream was that the Falcons came out in an old-fashioned single-wing. It was probably keyed by something Vince Lombardi once told me. I had asked him what would happen if a team all of a sudden sprung a single-wing. He said, "It would embarrass the hell out of us."

In my dream, I lined up Vick at the run-pass tailback spot. T.J. Duckett was my spinning fullback. Warrick Dunn was the wingback, and Brian Kozlowski, normally the second tight end, was the blocking back. I just couldn't shake the vision. Finally I called Dan Reeves, who was the Falcons' coach at the time. Of all the loony calls he's ever gotten, this must have ranked right up there. Anyway, I laid it all out for him, ending with Duckett as the old Michigan-style spinning fullback.

"What's a spinning fullback?" Reeves said, and I realized that I was either real old or just dopier than usual. The idea never got any further, but I still think something like that would light up the sky.

A very long, and penetrating analysis of offensive lines from Musa, ending with a request for my evaluation of which ones are best. Yes, O-lines don't have time to mesh nowadays, which is why the coaches have to keep it simpler for them, but no coach I asked about this ever admitted it. I still like KC's unit the best and no, I don't think they're aging noticeably. Both Green Bay guards had slipped a little last year, which was, I guess, why the Packers let them go ... the club wouldn't pay the price. I think this will hurt them, but you never know. Sometimes people just emerge. I never thought San Diego's line would hold up. I liked the Jets' offensive line last year, with Kevin Mawae and the new man, Pete Kendall, the glue that held it together.

Finally, the personal note you've all been waiting for. The name, Musa, as in Musa Smith of the Ravens, means Moses in Arabic. This information got all my obsessive-compulsive juices flowing, and I began wondering if there's a publication that mentions the English equivalent of all Arabic names. But why stop there? How about all, and I mean all, first names of foreign derivation?

The only thing I can add to this is that Paul is from the Latin Paulus, meaning small and gentle. And thanks for your kind words, Moe, I mean Musa.