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Giants Like Athleticism on Defense Against Eagles, Plan to "Punish" Vick

Inside the Iggles by Ryan Messick
Lead Writer
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The Giants have an idea about how to slow down Michael Vick – put your best athletes on the field, even if it’s a less traditional defensive personnel package.  That’s what defensive coordinator Perry Fewell did the first time around, and he spoke about it again this week.

For the Giants, it means a three safety look, similar to the one the Eagles use when they move Quintin Mikell into the box and play Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen deep.

“We’re a lot more athletic as a defense when we use that particular package and that’s why we like to use that package,” Fewell said at his press conference.  “Because of the athletes. The athletic ability of those guys allows us to have various disguises, various movements, a lot more flexibility within what we can do and how we can attack people because of the athletes that we can use.”

Last time around, it was a heavy dose of blitzes from Vick’s left, utilizing speedier defensive backs such as Antrel Rolle.  Fewell acknowledged that the Eagles will be prepared for that approach, but wouldn’t say whether he’d make big changes to his game plan as a result.

“I’m going to keep that a secret,” Fewell said.

As far as getting to Michael Vick goes, the Giants plan to use different strategies based on the situation.

“Well, you can pick your poison because he’s such a good athlete and he’s such a good quarterback – he’s throwing the ball very accurately,” Fewell said.  “I think you just have to calculate the times that you want to pressure him and you have to calculate the times that you want to try to make him be a quarterback, so it’s a game of chess.”

One thing remains the same, though, for a defense that has now knocked six quarterbacks out of games this year, if you count Tarvaris Jackson’s turf toe. They’ll put solid hits on Vick whenever they get the chance.

“You’ve just got to play within the rules is my opinion,” Fewell said. “When he pulls the ball down, he’s a running back, so he’s fair game. When he’s in the pocket, you’ve just got to play within the rules and see what you hit, but we’re going to play good, clean football and the objective is to put hits on the quarterback and to punish him.”

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