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Dwight Freeney questions if Michael Vick can hold up in Chip Kelly’s offense

Michael VickThe Philadelphia Eagles have looked unstoppable at times in their first two games of the season under Chip Kelly. Their offense is lightning-fast and looks like it has enough talent to light up almost any opposing defense. Michael Vick has been a major part of that, but it only makes sense to wonder if he is bound to go down with an injury at some point. San Diego Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney seems to think he will.

“The problem is with that offense, to be honest with you, is the quarterback position and the pounding the quarterback takes with that and it’s not college anymore,” Freeney told NBC Sports Network’s Pro Football Talk earlier this week. “And it’s going to be very interesting to see if a team can actually have a starting quarterback or backup quarterback last through the whole entire year with (the athletes coming after them).

“Not a college athlete — you’re talking about a guy who may be 300 pounds, running a 4.8-whatever it is, hitting your quarterback every time he carries out a fake, whether he has the ball or not. Will the quarterback to be able to last the whole year? That’s the question.”

Here’s the reason it makes perfect sense in Philadelphia: Vick’s health has always been an issue. Odds are he’s going to miss time with an injury at some point anyway, so why not call plays that are catered to his athletic ability and see how far it can take you? If you try to play conservatively, he’s probably an average quarterback anyway.

“They don’t really stress protection,” Freeney said. “They stress more or less, you know what, we’re going to confuse, this, that and the other.”

Did Reid stress protection? Probably, but that didn’t stop Vick from getting lit up. In fact, you could make the argument that some of the hits he took standing in the pocket are more taxing than the ones he will take running the option or rushing for a seven-yard gain. If Vick gets injured, it won’t be because of Kelly’s offense — it will be because Vick always gets injured.

Dwight Freeney says he ‘would love to hit’ Peyton Manning

Prior to this season, Dwight Freeney called Peyton Manning his teammate for an entire decade. Now, it would be Freeney’s job to try to level Manning in the event that the Indianapolis Colts played the Denver Broncos in the playoffs this year, which is still a possibility since both teams have a 4-3 record.

If the matchup were to take place, Freeney would have no problem hitting his good friend. In fact, he would enjoy it.

“Peyton obviously is the staple of Indianapolis and this organization for years,” the defensive end told our friends Dave Dameshek and Adam Rank during their Tuesday podcast. “I went after him in practice year in and year out and never got a chance to hit him. So yeah, I would love to hit him.”

The only difference is when Freeney was going after Manning in practice, that red shirt Peyton was wearing told him he had to put the brakes on. The navy and orange colors of the Broncos would not send the same message.

Dameshek pointed out that Freeney made the comment in a friendly manner, but he did say he would be “excited” to play the Broncos in the playoffs if that’s what it came down to. We may already be used to the sight of Peyton in a Broncos jersey, but seeing Freeney sack him would still be pretty bizarre.

H/T Around the League

Dwight Freeney Says It’s Disrespectful to Other Players to Call Peyton Manning MVP

It would be almost impossible to argue that Aaron Rodgers isn’t the front-runner for the 2011 NFL MVP award. As both Tom Brady and Kurt Warner expressed, Rodgers could be having the greatest season by any quarterback ever — including Brady’s 2007 campaign.  Arguments have been made for Tim Tebow because of his uncanny ability to win under any circumstances, but Joe Theismann and others would laugh at that notion.  Then, there is the Peyton Manning debate.  With Manning, the Colts reached the postseason in each of the last nine seasons.  Without him, they are a whopping 0-12.  Does that make Manning an MVP candidate without playing?

As NFL.com shared with us, Dwight Freeney thinks putting his teammate in that discussion is absurd.

“It is disrespectful and it’s ridiculous across the board, to all of the guys who are actually playing the game,” Freeney said. “To the guys who are playing hard, it’s unfortunate that they’re doing something like that. They will and they do look ridiculous doing that.”

Freeney is right about it being ridiculous.  The MVP award is reserved for the player who was most valuable to his team this season.  If anything, the Colts 0-12 stink-fest proves that Manning was most valuable to his team in each of the last 10 seasons — not this year considering he didn’t play.  It’s a nice compliment and a testament to the type of player Manning is, but the fact that people are seriously debating whether or not he deserves the 2011 MVP award is — for lack of a better word — lame.