Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he watched the Eagles and Redskins on Monday Night Football until it was 35-0 and the Redskins had run only 12 plays, then put the pencil down and became a fan. When asked again though, Coughlin admitted he wasn’t exactly enjoying the offensive demonstration.
“Not really,” Coughlin said. “I got indigestion and a stomach ache.”
Coughlin agreed with the analysis of most around the league and said that Michael Vick has evolved as a passer. “Oh I think that, yeah,” Coughlin said. “He’s going to want to throw the ball if the pass is called as the first choice, and then if it’s pressure or he sees for example, not many people play 2-man against him, but if he sees something like that he will pull it down.”
As a runner though, Coughlin said he doesn’t the Philadelphia version of Vick is any different than he was in Atlanta.
“I don’t think so,” said Coughlin. “They’re averaging 150 yards a game rushing, he has about 29% of that yardage. They run a lot of reverses and things of that nature with the wide receivers, that takes up another segment of their rush game, but the fact that he is a threat to come out of there, there’s no denying it that it buys time down the field, it extends the play, it forces you to stay in coverage longer.”
Coughlin also indicated that much of the Eagles play-calling is unchanged, particularly involving DeSean Jackson.
“W number ten, they’re trying to run through the coverage, block it up max protection, throw it as far as they can down the field,” said Coughlin. “We saw that over there a year ago. We saw it to a certain extent here in the second game last year as well, and we certainly saw it the other night.”
The seventh-year Giants coach said it’s critical for his safeties to maintain deep coverage until they are absolutely sure the ball has been handed off to a running back in play-action situations. However, as explosive as the Eagles have been, Coughlin doesn’t think all of the stats are quite as impressive as they seem on the surface. In particular, the Giants coach referenced Vick’s 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
“That’s a little misleading,” he said. “There have been a lot of times when the ball has been in people’s hands. They haven’t caught the ball.”
Coughlin also doesn’t think the Eagles deserve to be heavy favorites, as many of the stats are similar.
“Well, I just did a little comparison for the team in terms of statistics and big plays and even the sacks are 25-26, so there are a lot of [them that are] very, very close,” Coughlin said.