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New York Giants fans got pretty nervous watching Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Vick dominate the Washington Redskins on Monday night. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was also paying attention.
“Well, you can see the way that (Vick’s) been brought along – he had a select number of plays a year ago and then broadened a little bit this year, brought in in the second half of the Green Bay game, played very well, got himself injured and missed a couple of games and certainly came back and played extremely well on Monday night,” Coughlin explained on Wednesday. “I think he’s a good athlete that’s had a chance to – he’s been patient and the Eagles have been patient. There’s been no rush with him going into the game or having to play. Who knows? Maybe they started the year off thinking they were going to use him the same way they did a year ago and then because he flourished when he played, it made them make some other choices, so I just think that he’s an excellent athlete that has had time to get the rust off and become the exceptional quarterback that he was prior to this.”
Coughlin realizes that the key to beating the Eagles on Sunday night is slowing down the entire Philly offense. “You have to obviously try to contain and keep him inside and not let him outside and there’s all kinds of strategic things that you say you can do and you must do, but you have to time it up with the right circumstances, the right play, the right situation,” Coughlin stated. “They’re an excellent screen team, they’re a big personnel team, they rush the ball, they rush the ball with him, they run the nakeds, they break perimeter. They do a lot of things that if you think you have a handle on how you’re going to be able to have some containment on him, they find a way – he finds a way – to break it down.”
Coughlin was later asked if he has ever coached against a player as dangerous as Vick. His answer wasn’t all that surprising. “Vick, a couple of years ago. There have been lots of players in the league with mobility, it’s just that it’s so current and he’s been so good with it. Go back to Green Bay, he rushed for a lot of yards in the second half of that game.”
Mike Vick is currently a 2010 NFL MVP candidate, one that has yet to throw an interception this season. He was video game-esque against Washington on Monday evening, which is rather scary for Big Blue followers considering the fact that the Giants gave up over 300 passing yards to Jon Kitna. New York will obviously need to make numerous adjustments before Sunday night, or Vick will likely have another multi-TD performance.
Quotes via New York Giants Communications Office
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