As we heard before most every game last season, teams game-planned to stop Michael Vick. The theory being, if you stop Vick, you stop the Eagles.
The Eagles, especially Vick, don't believe that to be true, and very confidently so.
"I've been hearing that for years. You can't design a defense to stop me, especially not on this team," Vick told Yahoo Sports' Michael Silver recently in an interview published today. "We have so many weapons, and some teams have tried to make that their primary focus. That's when we run up the score."
Vick also rejected the notion that a spy would be a means to slow him down.
"I don't even notice a spy now," he said. "The last spy I saw was versus Jacksonville last year. DeSean ran a shallow cross right past him and scored. LeSean, DeSean – those guys will beat the spy. Maybe it used to be an option before, but I'm not that guy anymore. I'm getting the ball out."
Silver, by the way, predicts the Eagles vs. Green Bay in the NFC title game and that the Eagles will advance to the Super Bowl.
After speaking with the media last night, Eagles quarterback Vince Young assured his followers on Twitter regarding his hamstring injury. An MRI is scheduled for today, although that seems to precautionary.
"To everyone that's concerned i should be ok no worries at all thanks for all the love. Everyone have a bless labor day weekend! Love VY" he tweeted.
Steve Smith's departure from the Giants and his signing with the Eagles remains a sore point for many Giants fans. Zach Berman, of the Newark Star-Ledger, caught up with Smith last night after the Eagles-Jets game.
There remains two very different sides to the departure of Smith, who in 2009 set a Giants record with 107 catches. In a radio interview on Aug. 17, Giants president John Mara said that the team tried signing Smith before his injury to “a huge deal that would have made him one of the highest-paid receivers in the league.”
This came as a surprise to Smith, who said twice last night that he knew of no such offer.
“If that was the case, you don’t think I would have signed it?” Smith said. “I’d say no to being (one of) the highest-paid receivers? A guaranteed contract? I didn’t know about it.”
Smith continued to say that the Eagles wanted him more than the Giants. He explained this opinion by comparing the efforts of two general managers — Jerry Reese from the Giants and Howie Roseman from the Eagles.
“I don’t really think Mr. Reese contacted my agent like Mr. Roseman did,” Smith said. “I don’t think Reese was as active as Mr. Roseman was.”
Smith was the most popular Eagle in the visiting locker room at Met Life Stadium, as New York-area reporters flocked to pick over the circumstances of his departure from the Giants.
Eagles rookie kicker Alex Henery missed a 43-yarder early but hit from 49 to the same end zone in the fourth quarter. In between was a botched try when rookie holder Chas Henry bobbled the snap and threw an interception that was negated by a Jets penalty.
“The first one was my fault, the second one, Chas bobbled that one. The last one … it was a good way to finish up the day, but it wasn’t the day that we’d like,” Henery, a fourth-round rookie from Nebraska, said afterward. “Andy Reid always says if you miss one, it really tests your character on that second one, to see how you come through.”
Phillip Hunt, the short (6-0) but quick former CFL star at defensive end, finished the preseason as the Eagles' team leader in sacks, with three, notching his final one last night. Hunt, 25, has made a strong case for a roster spot, though the numbers might still be against him, particularly if the Birds don’t mind Juqua Parker’s $4.3 million cap figure.
“I was relentless on the pass rushing today,” Hunt said. “We got ‘em in a good situation, where they had to pass. I just felt I had an overall productive day today.”
The Rams took a different approach to their final preseason game last night.
The starters played early with quarterback Sam Bradford completing seven of 11 passes for 133 yards, a touchdown and a passer rating of 135.8. The Rams are trying to get accustomed to new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' system.
"Everything is coming together wonderfully," center Jason Brown told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It's a culmination of these preseason games coming together. Even though we've had limited time with Josh McDaniels' offense, we've been taking it in stride."
With last night's 24-17 win over Jacksonville, the Rams completeed a 4-0 preseason for the first time since 1979.
"Got through preseason healthy. Now let's get it crackin!!" Rams safety (and former Eagles stalwart) Quintin Mikell said on Twitter.