Q: Has it been much of an adjustment for you learning the new offense brought in by former 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Knapp? Vick: It's been a bit of a different type of deal, different adjustment. We have some new looks and have a new offense, so there are a lot of new things that I have to learn and be comfortable with. That is what I spent the last six months trying to do. As of this point right here, I think I've done a fairly good job of it. The only thing I have to do is continue to improve. It's my first year in the offense and I feel like I can step out on the field on Sunday and run the offense efficiently. Q: Did you need more time in the preseason to get acclimated to the new offense? Vick: I've seen enough in practice. In practice, I took over 1,400 snaps on offense. If I'm not comfortable with it by now, then maybe I need to find myself a job somewhere else. So, after evaluating myself, I think I'm ready. Q: What's the biggest difference between last year's offense and this year's? Vick: I think we are throwing the ball a bit more this year. Last year, we did some different things and it is not much of a difference. It's just things are done with more patterned, quicker drops and getting the ball out of your hand fairly quickly. So, that is the biggest difference. Q: Did you get any prep work from talking with Steve Young regarding the West Coast Offense? Vick: Yeah, I talked to Steve when Knapp) first got hired and found out that Greg Knapp was coming to Atlanta and bringing the West Coast Offense. I talked to Steve and he told me that he thought it would be a great fit for me and it was a great fit for him and that I would like the offense. I feel all the things he was talking about, all the good things that this offense has to offer. I'm starting to see that. It's all about being smart and taking your shots when you can and being smart with the football. Q: Of all the quarterbacks you grew up watching, do you feel you most resemble Steve Young? Vick: I can't really say that. I don't know. There were a lot of quarterbacks that play my style of football. There were a couple of them, so I can't really say my game is patterned after Steve's game, even though that was a guy I idolized. You know, Steve and Randall played the same way. Those were guys I patterned my game after. I won't say that I play like them. Q: Is seeing the whole field and finding receivers across the field the biggest adjustment? Vick: Well, in the offense, you really don't have to see the entire field. Offenses are different. I don't think a quarterback has ever been in an offense where they had to see the whole field. You are always working off one person. I think in this offense, it makes it a bit easier." Q: Has Jim Mora warned you about Julian Peterson? Vick: Jim doesn't have to give me any tips or a warning on Julian Peterson. You hear a bunch about the guy and you watch him play and you know he is one of the best players in the league. I have nothing but the utmost respect for him in the way he plays his game. He is definitely a guy that I have to watch out for when I'm out there. Q: With the new offense, are you restrained or free to go? Vick: Free to go, man. My coach tells me everyday, you're free to go. It's my offense, do what I want to do. If I want to drop back and run the ball 50 times every play, then I can do that. If I want to throw the ball, then I could do it. My game won't change. I held back a little in the preseason, but come this week, I'm back to myself. I'm back to Michael Vick. I'll let it all go. Q: Are you completely healthy? Vick: Yep, 100 percent. Q: Are you expecting a lot of blitzes while you're still trying to get the offense down? Vick: You know what, it doesn't matter. We may see teams try to blitz me, but I have a plan of attack for the blitz and the way to escape the blitz. It's about seeing where it is coming from and running away from the blitz. That's my scheme. Q: Do the 49ers offer a special challenge to you because you have to prepare to face both the 3-4 and 4-3? Vick: There is always a challenge each and every week. You have to be prepared for it. Whether they play a 3-4 scheme or 4-3 scheme, that is their business. It is our job to go out and execute against each of those schemes. I don't think it makes it harder. We just have to prepare for it and that is what we've been doing. I think we've done a good job of doing that. As the week goes on and we continue to practice and prepare, then I think we'll be more comfortable with their scheme and what they are trying to do. Q: What are your impressions of Greg Knapp? Vick: I think he is a great coach. I think he is a great teacher. He understands players and understands what guys like to do. The best part about him is that he is just a great person to be around. He's fun to be around. It makes your job a lot easier when you got a guy who is fun to be around and also a great coach at the same time. Q: Did Knapp come to meet you right away when he got hired to go through the playbook? Vick: Yeah, right after. Q: What were your first impressions of that playbook? Vick: I like everything that he was trying to do. I understood the concepts and I was really anxious to go out there and try to execute it. I was very excited about it and ready to go out there and try to put it to work. Q: Do you get a sense of being around the former 49ers players and coaches that there is something extra there with them? Vick: We are just trying to come out and win this ball game. They're on the Atlanta Falcons now and San Francisco is just our opponent. We are just trying to go out and get win number one.
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