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Eagles' Vick fires back at bold words from 'Boys DC Ryan

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As the new leader of the Philadelphia Eagles, Michael Vick isn't content to sit back and let anyone take shots at his team.

That stance extends to opposing coaches on rival teams, as Vick fired back Friday following comments earlier this week from Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who referred to the Eagles as "the all-hype team."

The usually soft-spoken Vick admitted he was "mad" after the comments during a radio interview with WPEN-FM in Philadelphia and said he felt the need to respond.

"I felt that was inappropriate, but he is going to have to deal with us and he's going to have to find solutions just like everyone else," Vick said. "We don't talk. We go about our business the right way. Maybe we'll make him eat his words. I hope he (can) back it up.

"I was so upset, I indirectly tweeted to the whole world: People who talk the talk need to walk the walk when necessary, and some people can't seem to do it. It's all talk. I rarely let my emotions get the best of me, but when I feel like people are taking shots at our organization -- my team -- yeah, I'm going to respond. Players have to be on the field, a coach ... you on the sideline coaching, you don't know what it's like to be in this battle. So the only thing you can do is coach, so coach."

Ryan's comments were aimed at the Eagles after the team signed cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, defensive linemen Cullen Jenkins and Jason Babin, quarterback Vince Young in free agency and traded for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the span of just a few days.

It didn't take the outspoken Ryan, twin brother of Jets coach Rex Ryan, very long to engage in a war of words with the Eagles. Rob Ryan joined the Cowboys in January after stints as the defensive coordinator with the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns.

The Eagles and Cowboys will meet in Philadelphia on Oct. 30, and again in Dallas on Dec. 24.

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