Coughlin says Wildcat prep just a coincidence

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Coughlin: Wildcat practice

just a coincidence

Yes, the Eagles, one of the Giants' most hated rivals, signed Michael Vick on Thursday night. And yes, when the team practiced Friday morning, they worked on defending the "Wildcat" offense.

But no, they are not connected. It's simply one of those strange coincidences of timing, coach Tom Coughlin said.

"We've been planning this all spring," Coughlin said of the part of practice in which the scout team ran a Wildcat set for the defense to see. "We planned to do this and it just so happens that it was inserted this morning."

The Wildcat they ran had David Carr set wide right or left with direct snaps to either Hakeem Nicks or Andre Brown. Brown was the only one who got to throw the ball, and it was intercepted by Kenny Phillips.

Eli Manning, who signed his new contract earlier in the day, was asked why he wasn't on the field for the Wildcat portion of the practice.

"They didn't ask me,'' he said. "I don't know why. I was a little insulted."

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