Michael Vick. Michael Vick. Michael Vick. DeSean Jackson. Michael Vick.
That was the basic tone of today’s press conference with Tom Coughlin. So much so that at one point towards the end Coughlin said: “They do have a defense too.”
Yeah, but this is clearly a national story now, with the Vick Renaissance, a two-time NFC Offensive Player of the Week, his backstory (Which, by the way, Andy Reid summed up on his conference call with us by saying “He goofed”) and the battle between the two teams tied at the top of the NFC East. Oh, and by the way, Vick spent Monday night disemboweling the Redskins’ defense.
Coughlin said he did watch the first half of that game.
“Let’s see, it was 35-0, 12 plays for Washington,” he said of his reaction to it while it was happening. “Just like everybody else was, put the pencil down and become a fan.”
“Not really,” he said. “I had indigestion, stomach ache …”
And the Giants haven’t even played him yet. Imagine the ailments Coughlin will have on Sunday night!
“There’s no denying the game,” Coughlin said. “Everybody watched the game and saw parts of the game. That was an extremely outstanding game on their part all the way around and there’s no more you can say about it.”
So how will the Giants try to stop Vick?
“Try to get the 12th man out there, we’ve been working really hard on that,” Coughlin quipped. “I think the officials will give us one based on last week maybe.”
Coughlin then gave a serious response.
“You have to obviously try to contain and keep him inside and not let him outside,” he said. “There’s all kinds of strategic things that you say that you can do and you must do, but you have to again time it up with the right circumstance, the right play, the right situation … They do a lot of things that if you think you have a handle on how you’re going to have some containment on him, he finds a way to break it down.”