Redskins gameplanning for Michael Vick's skills
When the Redskins last faced the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4, quarterback Michael Vick slowly walked off the field during the final minute of the first quarter of Washington's 17-12 victory at Lincoln Financial Field.
Vick was knocked out of the game with a rib injury suffered as he was tackled at Washington's goal line by cornerback DeAngelo Hall and free safety Kareem Moore. The two-time Pro Bowler sat out the remainder of the game and was sidelined for the Eagles' next three games.
But Vick is definitely back.
He was named the NFC offensive player for Week 9 after leading the Eagles to a 26-24 victory against the Indianapolis Colts. Vick completed 17 of 29 passes for 218 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, and rushed for 74 yards (with a 7.4-yard average) and another touchdown. He had a strong passer rating of 93.7.
Up next for Vick is Round 2 against the Redskins, Monday night at FedEx Field.
"It's the same challenge with him. He's playing great football," inside linebacker and defensive captain London Fletcher said. "He's making plays. He hasn't thrown an interception yet.
"He's doing a lot of good things when he's in the pocket throwing the ball. And, obviously, when he's outside the pocket, being able to make throws on the run and run the ball as well."
During the teams' first meeting in October, Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett focused on shutting down speedy Eagles wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Hall and cornerback Carlos Rogers were extremely physical in jamming Jackson and Maclin at the line.
Haslett was content to give up completions underneath (Eagles running back LeSean McCoy had 12 receptions for 110 yards) in an attempt to contain Jackson and Maclin, who finished with four receptions for 34 yards, with no touchdowns. Eagles backup quarterback Kevin Kolb does not have Vick's scrambling ability, so it's unknown how effective the Redskins' game plan would have been had Vick not been injured.
"We didn't get to see much of him. He only played three series," Fletcher said. "...We'll change up some things. Obviously, we'll do some different stuff, but they're not changing. We know the challenges he presents."
After watching Vick work against the Colts, the Redskins believe he is in top form again.
"With Vick, we've got to go back to the game plan the first game, when we knew he was going to be the starting quarterback," said outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. "And that's know that he's very good on his feet, and he's throwing the ball very well, so it's a dual-threat guy. We've got to be sound."
Meanwhile, another QB well-known to Redskins fans received Al Davis's endorsement today.
| November 10, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
Categories: 3-4 defense, Brian Orakpo, Jim Haslett, London Fletcher
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