June 9, 2003
(Flowery Branch-AP) -- Michael Vick sometimes is seen as a prototype for NFL quarterbacks, but new Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson sees him as a work in progress.
The Falcons began a monthlong voluntary passing camp today, and Vick worked with the full offensive squad for the first time since last season ended with a playoff loss at Philadelphia.
Johnson, a second-year assistant who was promoted in the offseason, has been working to improve Vick's fundamentals during the past two months.
The lasting memory of Vick's first season as a starter is one of dazzling plays and record-breaking runs.
But coach Dan Reeves began worrying about a digression in Vick's footwork midway through the Falcons' 9-6-1 regular season.
Vick says, as the season went on, he got tired and lazy with his feet.
He had never endured a 16-game season before.
He says he's working on pacing himself and learning to trust his teammates more on the field.