The Eagles need Michael Vick at his best today if they're going to advance out of the Wild Card round. (Photo: Ryan Messick)

With Eagles Flying High, Giants Ponder Slowing Down Vick


Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said he wasn’t losing any sleep over the Eagles potent offense.  The thing is, he wasn’t using it as a matter of speech to indicate that he wasn’t concerned about it, Fewell was answering a serious question.  He also called Michael Vick and the Eagles offense a huge matchup problem, as he’ll try to balance between sacking Vick and containing him.

“They’re very conflicting,” Fewell said. “You kind of pick your poison.  Sometimes you have to try to contain him and keep him from running, sometimes you have to go take as hot at him, but he’s a guy that no matter what you do structurally defensively, he can break down that structure.”

When pressed repeatedly about his defensive game plan and theories on slowing down Vick, Fewell wouldn’t budge, repeating five different times that “We’ve got a good plan.”

Defensive end Justin Tuck thinks Vick will be the toughest individual player they’ve had to face all season.

“We haven’t had that type of monster to deal with this year,” Tuck said. “We just have to play hard, that’s what it comes down to.”

That, and one enormous nightmare of a matchup problem.  Tuck won’t worry about that personally though, his focus is on playing with a high tempo and a lot of energy.

“It’s kind of like a pick your poison,” Tuck said. “He’s going to burn you one way or the other, so me personally, I’ll be going [all] out after him rather than sitting back and letting him sit back and pick us apart. He has a tendency to make some mistakes when you get after him.”

The Giants have built a reputation upon knocking out quarterbacks, having injured five this year.  The Eagles aren’t too worried though.

“I’ve been going through that my entire career, guys trying to knock me out, get me out of the game,” Vick said.  “So I’m used to it man, you can only control what you can control and I don’t even worry about that.”

“We don’t get too much into that, we just do our job and do it to the best of our ability and then let everybody else do the talking,” said head coach Andy Reid.  “There’s freedom of speech in this country and like I said before that that’s a good thing.  We’ll be ready.”

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