Eagles Wake-Up Call: Giants’ D Prefers Vick To RGIII

When asked to describe the performance of Robert Griffin III Sunday, Giants defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora offered an honest assessment.

“I’m not even going to lie. That’s the best quarterback we’ve played this year, for sure,” Umenyiora said, per the Giants’ web site. “It’s just unfortunate that he’s a rookie, because he’s going to be around here forever, doing stuff like that. That’s just crazy.”

The Giants have played both the Eagles and Cowboys already this season. In fact, they lost both those games. But Umenyiora will take Griffin over both Michael Vick and Tony Romo. And it sounds like he’s not alone.

“I’m pretty mad at the football gods for putting him in the NFC East,” said Justin Tuck. “To face that guy twice a year is going to be a headache. But, you know, the one thing about it is, a quarterback like that, he is different from the Eli’s and those guys, because he presents such a hard, it’s just hard to game plan that guy. He takes away from your enthusiasm for the game a little bit, when you play a play perfectly and he still has 4.3 speed to run by guys and make plays. A guy like him, I don’t think there is anybody in the league just like him. If I was going to run that offense and they asked me to pick between Vick, Cam Newton, the RGIII, I’m probably taking that guy.”

Here are the numbers:

 
Comp. %
Yds./game
YPA
Touchdowns
Interceptions
Eli Manning63.8301.38.0127
Robert Griffin III70.4228.78.573
Michael Vick58.9272.07.188
Tony Romo67.9272.77.489

Tough to argue with what Umenyiora and Tuck said. Griffin also leads all quarterbacks with 468 yards rushing. Among players with 50 carries, his 7.3 yards per attempt is tied for tops in the NFL.

On Sunday, Griffin lit the Giants up, going 20-for-28 for 258 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also ran nine times for 89 yards. Redskins fans might be bummed that they let a win slip away (largely due to four turnovers), but more likely, they’re thrilled to have the most electrifying quarterback in the game right now. NFC East defenses are going to be dealing with RGIII for years to come. For the Eagles, that starts with a Week 11 trip to D.C.

As for Giants fans, they’re feeling pretty good too. Take a look at the standings:

It doesn’t have to be pretty every week. Coming off an impressive win over the 49ers, Eli Manning engineered his 24th fourth-quarter comeback, connecting with Victor Cruz for a 77-yard touchdown with 1:13 left. Giants fans know it’s all about just getting into the postseason with their squad. After Sunday, New York has two more wins than every other team in the division. They’ve won three in a row since the loss to the Eagles and have a +68 point differential.

Eagles and Cowboys fans, meanwhile, are in similar spots. Their veteran quarterbacks are tied for second (Romo) and third (Vick) in interceptions. And their current coaches might not be around next season. The good news for both squads is that they’ve each only played one division game. At 3-3, they’re both still in the mix.

The Eagles and Cowboys will get their chances to create some buzz in the final 10 games. But, for now, the talk of the division is RGIII.

WHAT YOU MISSED

Why aren’t the Eagles hitting on more big plays in the passing game? I identified three major factors.

I filled in with the mailbag this week. Topics include the 2011 draft and expectations for Nick Foles.

Could defensive tackle Mike Patterson return? The answer is yes, according to a report.

It’s time to start paying attention to how special teams are killing the Eagles this year.

Through six games, DeMeco Ryans has exceeded expectations.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post says the Eagles are one of the top-five spending teams in the league:

The top five spending teams in the NFL this year, judging by money paid to players, are the Saints, Texans, Eagles, Lions and Bills. Their combined winning percentage is .500. The bottom five spending teams in the NFL this year are the Vikings, Colts, Rams, Bengals and Packers. Their combined winning percentage is .517. Most interesting is the Saints, football’s top spenders, doled out more than $63 million more than the Vikings, football’s lowest spenders. And the Vikings have three more wins.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution says the Falcons’ 6-0 record is deceiving:

Style doesn’t count in the standings, but the quality of Atlanta’s play is regressing even as the victories keep coming.

Atlanta’s problems both running the ball and stopping the run are still apparent and the secondary’s knack for making big plays has masked problems with pass coverage and tackling. Atlanta’s offensive line play has been inconsistent and the limitations of a pass-heavy offense reliant on Ryan are starting to show.

The Falcons visit the Linc Sunday at 1 p.m.

COMING UP

The Eagles return to practice today. Tim and I will have the latest from Novacare. Plus, Birds 24/7 Radio airs from 6 to 7 on 97.5 The Fanatic. Tune in!

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  • JofreyRice

    Griffin’s fantastic, and is going to be a problem for the Eagles 2x a year. For as electric and elusive as he is, he’s still not like Vick was in his prime–but he’s a much much better passer. I’m very curious to watch his development. I think he can do a lot more in the passing game than what the Shanahan’s are asking him to do, and I think it’s kind of questionable to run him into the teeth of the defense every 5th play. If he was the Eagles QB of the future, I’d be quite critical of all the running and hits he’s taken so early. He’s the real deal as a passer, running should be a last resort when the play breaks down.

  • Jay Grace

    master of the obvious

  • atlvickfan

    RG3 is playing like the 2010 version of Vick. Can’t disagree with anything Tuck and Humanurine said.

    • Kimbafuzz

      He reminds me of Vick in his rookie season. Remember Vick’s TD run against the Vikings, where two defenders literally ran into each other?

  • ND

    RGIIII is Cam Newton last year. Option does not work forever. He will have another concussion by end of the year. Best quarterback you have played this year? Vick and the Eagles already beat the Giants. You have a short memory Osi.

  • 1972

    I love how great rg3 is suppose to be. he had a couple early turnovers brought them back in the final minutes and lost the game. reminds me of a qb from this city. small minded eagles fans. its how u finish, cliche i know but like ive always said , vick has his short comings but the d lost the last two games

    • http://www.facebook.com/mjacobs45 Matt Jacobs

      Except RGIII is a rookie. Vick is 33 still making the same mistakes as a rookie. Ask any scout and they would take RGIII over Vick ANY DAY

      • 1972

        vick is 32 but lets not let facts get in the way of your point. rg3 is the better prospect, but u have to watch the entire game, not stats and highlights. the redskins running game and quick passing game is what helps rg3 and he still turned the ball over a few times. coaching has to help out the qb

        • http://www.facebook.com/mjacobs45 Matt Jacobs

          Put them in the draft together and every one would take RGIII. He’s a rookie so making some mistakes is going to happen. Vick is on record pace for turnovers. It’s not coaching….it’s the fact he can’t read a blitz, he doesn’t check off, and he doesn’t protect the ball.

    • eagles2zc

      Marty holds a lot of the blame for putting the ball in turnover Vick’s hands so much

  • 1972

    And sheil u have to add that the redskins are a run first team that throws alot of smoke and bubble screens. The eagles offensive philosophy has sucked for years. They never cater to thier qb.

  • Joe Jones

    The Giants are 0-3 vs the Eagles in games Vick starts and finishes. They’ve lost 8 out of the last 9 to the Eagles with their only win being the game at the Linc where Vick got injured. But hey, when you’ve won 2 out of the last 5 Super Bowls….I guess you can say whatever you want.

    • Kimbafuzz

      With those stats, I’d prefer RG3 too, if I were the Giants. LOL

  • JenChungsBaby

    Watching the Giants yesterday was like watching Donovan McNabb when he first entered the league — there’s only so long you’re going to able to keep this guy down before the tide turns and he starts beating your team regularly.

  • Septhinox

    Ummm why are people getting upset like this is any revelation? Ask any of teh 32 GMs or Head coaches including Reid and Roseman and they will take Griffen every day over Vick. Griffin is a rookie and is playin gbetter than a 33yo veteran.

  • saunhi

    RG is a great competitor- usually a scrambler will get beaten down over time by relying on his playmaking to save the day. Is he physically tough enough (concussion already vs Atlanta) for 5+ seasons?

  • joe schmoe

    I completely disagree, the d did not lose the game. I actually am counting all 4 quarters, not just the 4th. lol Juan was a scapegoat for Marty and the special teams. Fire Marty and Vick. That’s the problem with the eagles.

    • Meh

      Damn son you must be bored.

  • joe schmoe

    it’s disgusting how inept the offensive playcalling is. fire marty. vick is old and getting older. Plain and simple Vick is not the answer. He’s just not good enough.

  • joe schmoe

    See the thing is the team who wins score more points than their opponent.. duh, but the offense is like 31st in the league in scoring… is that the defenses fault too?????

  • joe schmoe

    The d actually won all 3 of our games. If you look at it from a 4 quarter persepective, and yes it takes 4 quarters to win a game. It’s great vick had last minute heroics to help win those games, but what about all the other plays in the game vick didn’t make? While the defense made plays all game, and get’s very little love. And then the defense takes all the blame in an NFL that the rules are greatly in favor of a passing offense????? And which has a better overall NFL rank, the offense or the defense?

  • joe schmoe

    All you Vick lovers need to get off of your knees and stop blowing him, he’s part of the problem not the answer. Vick is a fine backup quarterback, he’s not a starter anymore in the nfl. He’d probably do well in the arena or canadian league.

  • joe schmoe

    And yes of course how you finish matters, however; if you have a two score lead, your qb hands the ball to the 2nd or 3rd or 4th rb and you run out the clock. How many of those type of wins does Vick have? That’s what a dominant qb’s perfomance looks like, they are done by the 4th qtr, not desperately trying to win like a chicken without a head….lol