Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has gotten a lot of attention, as his team has soared to the top of the always challenging NFC East. But Bears coach Lovie Smith said the Eagles have much more than the league's top-rated quarterback.
"Just athletic, fast guys," Smith said of receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. "Both can change the game quickly. They've been a big play offense. A lot of long passes with them. So we'll have our hands full.
"It's not just Vick."
Smith then added another key player, running back LeSean McCoy, who is 15th in the NFL with 726 rushing yards. But what's impressive about him is his 5.0 yards per rush average.
"Excellent player too," Smith said of McCoy. "He's not as well known (as Brian Westbrook), but he can do all the things Westbrook did. Excellent out of the backfield, catching the ball. Can make you miss, in the open field. Most people don't realize they're third in the league in rushing and a lot of it has to do with him."
To be fair, though, that the Eagles are third in the NFL in rushing has to do with Vick's 375 rushing yards.
Here are other thoughts from Smith today:
* On the health of his team: The team is in great shape. Everyone practiced today. We realize the importance of this game. And we'll be ready to go."
* On what he's thankful for: "Oh, I'm thankful for so much. Just be here, No. 1. I have an opportunity to lead a great team like the Chicago Bears, and of course my family. What more can you ask for, if your family is healthy. Can't wait to go home and spend a little bit of time with them too. I like spending time with you, but I cant wait to get there and spend time with them."
* And on who can eat the most on his roster: "You look at the size, and that'll give you a start. I would say one of our offensive linemen, without singling out one."