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Without Vick, strength of Petrino's system will be tested

Bobby Petrino's offense could thrive without Michael Vick, but only if Atlanta's lower-profile offensive players rise to the occasion, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Originally Published: July 27, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons veterans filed into the interview room Thursday afternoon like a parade of defense witnesses, aiming to deliver their collectively well-practiced testimony to a jury of media skeptics.

The message the group offered, that the Falcons have not folded their tents just because their dynamic ringmaster is off defending himself against a federal indictment on dogfighting charges, seemed to possess twofold intent. It was as much meant to convince the players ...

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