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Crazy Michael Irvin Says Chip Kelly Would Be ‘Crazy’ Not to Start Mike Vick

Jul 25, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT


The first 60 seconds of this video on are borderline incomprehensible.

Michael Irvin, in assessing the Eagles’ quarterback battle–

Hey, you know what? I’m just going to type his words verbatim. You see if you can make heads or tails of this.

Question posed: Michael, is it an upset here if Nick Foles wins the starting job?

Michael Irvin’s response: Hey listen, man, we won’t know it, Bald (referring to Brian Baldinger), he makes a point to the fact that the reality will show when we hit the field with the pads, but we can surely make some uh uh uh analysis of what’s the situation here and the reality is. First of all, I think these situations bring out the best in Michael Vick. Michael Vick can [stops self, mumbles] … take it however you want to take it, he’s a fighter. He’s a fighter. That’s what he does, that’s who he is. And when he’s in these situations, where he has to fight, it brings the best out in him. And he doesn’t have that tether call–tether called Andy Reid, who I know, [gyrating] “No matter what happens I got a little safety net here,” he doesn’t have that, so he will fight to the end. In 2010, he felt like he was in the biggest fight of his life, trying to win people back after a long … let’s just call it absence … and all of those things, took over for the Philadelphia Eagles and did a wonderful job. I’m looking for Michael Vick, the fighter, to stand up and win that fight.

Let’s stop it right here. In one minute Michael Irvin has…

  • Called Michael Vick a “fighter” or said the word “fight” seven times.
  • Put these words in this order:  “he makes a point to the fact that the reality will show”
  • Referred to Vick’s “let’s just call it an absence,” as if we were either unaware he spent two years in federal prison, or it’s somehow uncouth to bring that up
  • Potentially implied that having been in jail for two years makes him more worthy to be the starting quarterback because he had to “fight” his way back … because of his “let’s just call it absence.”

And in that minute, Irvin has done nothing to…

  • Answer the question: “Is it an upset here if Nick Foles wins the starting job?” or the question on the bottom of the screen “Which QB is best suited for Chip Kelly’s offense?”

As for anything resembling a coherent take on the situation, Irvin finally hits on something potentially, remotely interesting here at the end:

Irvin: And guys, honestly, let’s just be real here. Let’s just stop playing around and put the truth on the table. Coach [apoplectic scoff] … coach would be crazy not to give the job to Michael Vick. With Michael Vick, it gives him an opportunity to get what we call what we call it a “mullet,” cause if it goes out and his offense doesn’t really work, and it’s Michael Vick running it, he can say it’s on Michael Vick and not on him. If he starts one of these young guys, he doesn’t have anywhere else to go.

I think he meant “mulligan.” Michael Irvin, everybody.

  1. hitnrun - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    “if it goes out and his offense doesn’t really work, and it’s Michael Vick running it, he can say it’s on Michael Vick and not on him. If he starts one of these young guys, he doesn’t have anywhere else to go.”


    actually makes sense.

    I mean, Chip could just go to the *other* young guy. Or he could accept struggling because it’ll improve his draft position and he’s guaranteed at least 2 years. But compared to the rest of the national media’s take of “Seriously? Seriously? IT’S MICHAEL VICK” this is almost a good point.

    • billy bobkowitz - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      It makes a lot of sense……not that I think Chip is plotting a strategy in the event of failure. But if Nick starts and he brings in Vick and Vick plays better, he leaves himself open to serious 2nd guessing. Starting Vick and going to Nick if Vick plays poorly is a natural progression….”I gave him a shot, but Vick’s done……” go the other way and its subject to serious scrutiny if Nick isnt the answer.

  2. joe smith - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Obviously Michael Irvin has never seen awesomeness that is “the great Nick Foles.” Maybe he missed Nick’s 8 fumbles and 5 interceptions? Doesnt he know despite having no O-line and missing weapons, NIck still managed a 45 QBR rating(28th in the league) and a 6.4 YPA(29th in the league)?

    Michael Irvin needs to stop watching games and start reading the Eagles blogs, then he’d realize that Vick sucks and Nick played really well last yr(just ignore the W-L, horrendous stats and lack of ball security). Roll wit Foles…..LOL

    • EaglesBaby - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      Exactly Lol If I didn’t know any better I would think Dave Spadaro wrote this garbage. He’s in love with 1-5 Foles like he was with Kolb.

  3. brandonphilly - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    I agree that Vick should be the starter, all the way… but damn, Michael Irvin is an idiot

  4. Reg - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    “Cocaine’s a helluva drug.” — Michael Irvin

    • JimM. - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      Yeah, “he’s on crack” was my initial reaction when I saw the headline

      But Irvin did have some factual information for us:

      “Called Michael Vick a “fighter” or said the word “fight” seven times” Yes, he was an infamous dog fighter in the Eastern tidewater region of Virginia.

    • Tom - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Wait, Michael Irving is on a filed and the white lines are still on it?

  5. thesixersbench - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    I really would be shocked if Vick doesn’t win the starters job. Despite Michael’s…eloquent phrasing of the situation, I do think he makes some good points – namely about the relationship between Vick, Chip’s offense and potential early failure.

  6. theevster - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Michael Vick can seriously throw a football so far.

  7. Cash Advance Loan - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    graceful the full report Cash Advance Loan

  8. Bender - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Anyone who criticizes foles fails to see that he was a rookie qb on a team that quit on the head coach.

    Vick is a ten year veteran ….. And lets not even compare fumbles and ints. Vick is a turnover machine always has been.

    Foles is already the better qb … And he’s still basically a rookie

    Vick has has 3 years to do something….. He failed. People need to get over it. Andy Reid MADE aj feely, Kevin kolb, they both got paid bc of reid….Donovan mcnabb even…. reids a qb guru..But He couldn’t bring vick around. The coach killer strikes again.

    With the right coaching foles can be very good. The future is now. Kelly won’t go with vick if he knows foles with perform better over the long haul. He doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy that’s trying to cover his ass. He’s running literally towards his vision. Nothing else matters… Because he believes if he respect the process he won’t have to worry about losing and covering his ass.

    “Take care of the little things and the big things take care of themselves”

    Get ready for a season to remember


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