BEARS IN BRIEF: Vick isn't Eagles' only weapon
BY SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org
Much has been made about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.
And rightfully so. Vick is the league's top-rated quarterback and an MVP candidate.
But Bears coach Lovie Smith said Thursday that the Eagles' second-rated offense has more than a hot quarterback, pointing to a pair of receivers and a running back, as well.
''Just athletic, fast guys,'' Smith said when asked specifically about 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.''
Jackson is the more well-known of the two, but Maclin has 47 catches for 705 yards with seven touchdowns. Jackson has 33 catches for 652 yards with five touchdowns, including an 88-yarder.
Smith also mentioned LeSean McCoy, who has done a respectable job of replacing two-time Pro Bowl running back Brian Westbrook.
McCoy averages five yards per carry and has 726 rushing yards, as well as 51 catches for 381 receiving yards.
''[McCoy is] not as well- known [as Westbrook],'' Smith said, ''but he can do all the things Westbrook did. He's excellent out of the backfield catching the ball. He 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.''Notes
Starting strong-side linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, who didn't play against the Miami Dolphins, practiced in full Thursday along with every other player on the roster.
?Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said his unit cannot get ''over-enamored'' with Vick.
''It takes away from your own preparation,'' he said. ''So we focus on fundamentals.''