If you think defensive coordinators will have Michael Vick's game fully dissected after an offseason of watching film of the Eagles' quarterback, hold on.
Nick Cole, the Eagles' right guard in the "Monday Night Football" rout of the Redskins, believes his former teammate is only going to get better.
"He's more comfortable now," said Cole, released by Philadelphia in the offseason. "He knows the offense more … All the kinks are out now."
Cole has two standout memories of Vick's six-touchdown game against Washington:
The touchdown on the first play to DeSean Jackson, an 88-yard bomb over outstretched safety LaRon Landry. "Before the game, a whole bunch of rowdiness was going on between DJax and the Redskins (including Landry)," Cole said.
And the baffled Redskins bickering among themselves as Vick threw -- and ran -- over and around them. Vick passed for 333 yards and four TDs and rushed for 80 and two more TDs.
"They were just mad … frustrated up front, arguing," said Cole, chuckling. "That's what happens when you beat down a team like that."
Eagles left guard Todd Herremans said head coach Andy Reid, not known as an excitable sort, was jacked at halftime, when Philadelphia led 45-14. He urged his team not to let up.
(Fantasy football players who had Vick would have applauded Reid's thinking. Vick's 49-point fantasy effort against Washington is tied for the third-best fantasy performance since 2000, overshadowed only by the 54 points racked up by then-Denver running back Clinton Portis in 2003 and Seattle running back Shaun Alexander's 52 points in 2002.)
As for Vick, Cole was struck by how quiet he was throughout the game … and afterward, too.
"I have never seen anything like it," Cole said of Vick's performance.
-- John Banks, ESPN.com
Michael Vick, Jason Peters, Nick Cole, Todd Herremans, Andy Reid
DeAngelo Hall, Andre Carter, Lorenzo Alexander, Rocky McIntosh
Vick, shown scoring a second-quarter TD,
said it was a "perfect game," the best of his career.
Photo: AP Photo/Nick Wass