I know it is a change, but is it the worst thing that could happen for the guy? I almost see it as a positive if you look at a Vick with the Eagles who is of similar stature. The reasons would be as follows:
- I'm not sure we want him running for 1500+ yards again. He wore down physically due to nagging injuries (knee, shoulder) and his throwing motion subsequently broke down as well where he kept his body open, relying on his arm.
- I feel the most dangerous QB is a passer who can run well not a runner that passes. I would have liked to see Denard scramble more on passing downs since the field opens up as opposed to defenses keying on his run.
- We don't know if Denard can "read defenses" well since last year was his first year starting and I think we underestimate the processing overhead that goes into executing the read option. What if that effort is put into studying defenses instead?
- His HS coach said he always wanted to play QB, this is his chance to do it in the NFL. Can't help but make the comparison to Vick due to their same size and explosiveness.
- We can always call a designed run. The hated rival runs Pryor out of their base offense when they really need that first down. I watched it in person in Iowa City on 4th and 13 as all the motion and receivers when to the short side of the field, Pryor reversed his scramble to the wide side of the field to out run a LB for a first down.
- The Eagles use Maclin (6-0), Jackson (5-10) and our own Avant (6-0) effectively, I assume we can transition some of our slot guys in a similar manner. Don't need everyone to be 6-3 to 6-5. Additionally, I feel Koger is a great asset to involve more heavily.
I could be wrong, but there seems to be some positives here. Not much else we can do at this point.