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Cowboys Know Challenge Lies Ahead With Vick

With each game that Michael Vick plays this season, he furthers his case that he is the league's most dynamic quarterback.

Vick leads the NFC in passer rating (105.7) while throwing fewest interceptions in the entire league (2). On the ground, Vick has more rushing yards (467) and more rushing touchdowns (6) than any other quarterback. Simply put, Vick is the greatest dual-threat quarterback in football.

And like the rest of the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys have taken notice. All-Pro linebacker DeMarcus Ware said Wednesday that he's not at all surprised to see Vick having success in Philadelphia.

"To be honest, I knew something like this could happen," Ware said to Philadelphia reporters on a conference call. "A guy like Michael Vick, you're not going to hold him down, especially with the athleticism that he has. Maybe last year he was a little rusty coming into the season. But now he's got the reads. He knows what to do. He's got good coaching from Andy Reid … now he knows a lot more.

"With a guy like (Vick), now knowing the offense, the sky's the limit with him. He's a totally different quarterback."

Cowboys interim head coach Jason Garrett has begun to right the ship in Dallas. When Garrett took over, his football team was 1-7 and playing uninspired football (they lost 45-7 in Green Bay the week before Garrett was promoted). But in four weeks, Garrett has changed the culture in Dallas and has the Cowboys playing good football – after all, they've won three of their last four.

Garrett said Wednesday that while his team is playing well, that doesn't change the respect they have for the Eagles' Pro Bowl quarterback. What is so dangerous about Vick, Garrett argued, is his ability to make small plays to sustain drives.

"I know (Vick) is a great, great, great challenge," Garrett emphasized. "There's no question about that. He is such a good football player. He's throwing the ball so well, and he obviously makes tremendous plays with his feet.

"He's making a lot of big plays but he's also making a lot of little plays throughout a ball game that can hurt you. Certainly every time he breaks the huddle as the quarterback of that football team, it's a great challenge for us."

-- Posted by Josh Goldman, 9:10 a.m., December 9

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