Originally Posted by jterrell
Unfortunately Jet fans will tell you last year Vinny was checking down every play and that contributed to their losing ways while he started.
True, JT, but that's not how Vinnie wanted it. He has so little carte blanche last year under the ultimate in anal retentive OCs, Paul Hackett, that going thru his read progressions like a rookie robot was considered great, but scoring was a superflous issue.
Vinnie was insulted last year, imho, by the extent to which he was programmed into the system. Before Chad Pennington became the starter, Hackett seemed to make a few allowances for Vinnie's skills, arm, overall game, and experience, But once Chad came to the fore, "Can't Hack-Its" beloved system (which CP works very well) held complete sway, like some dogma, some theology. So when CP got hurt in preseason, no way was Hacklett going to "waste" what he had accomplished re system implementation while Chad was recovering, even if it meant our season.
Hackett got what he wanted in his QB. A statistically impressive speciman. Tweaking that dink and dunk to give us a chance to actually win with VT didn't really seem to enter his mind.
Free Vinnie! Bill and Sean will make sure the wildness doesn't creep back into his game, and minimize the third and longs that sometimes led to problems, but they won't humiliate him with system slavery.
I don't know how much of the 1998 Vinnie Tesatverde still remains, even tho I saw every down he played as a Jet. But I do know that dink and dunkin robot with no right to audible or even change a problematic call last year was not Vinnie T.