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Vick's departure leaves cutback lanes clogged

Without Michael Vick, Falcons running backs are seeing cutback lanes clogged.

Originally Published: October 12, 2007
By Aaron Schatz | FootballOutsiders.com

For years, the Atlanta Falcons' offense has been built around a dominant running game. This season, without Michael Vick, it has disappeared.

Now that may seem like a silly statement. Of course a team will gain fewer rushing yards when you take away a quarterback who gets 1,000 of them on his own.

But Vick's departure may also explain why the Atlanta running backs are struggling. Starter Warrick Dunn has dropped from 4.0 to 3.4 yards per carry, and Jerious Norwood's ...

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