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Chip Kelly pulled Michael Vick for a play because he didn’t know NFL rule

Chip Kelly EaglesPhiladelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly is still a rookie. While his offense looks like it could stick, he has coached only two games at the NFL level. Because of that, Chip is still learning.

In the fourth quarter of the Eagles’ loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Michael Vick was drilled by Chargers defensive lineman Jarius Wynn. Vick was shaken up on the play, which forced an official to call an injury timeout with 2:09 left in the game. At that point, Vick either had to leave the field for a play because of the injury timeout or Philly had to use one of its three team timeouts to keep him on the field. Kelly did not know the latter was an option, and he put Nick Foles in for a play.

“It’s an injured player,” Kelly said after the game, via Jordan Raanan of NJ.com. “Didn’t matter who it is. If it’s a left guard or center or whatever, they have to go out for a play because the ref determined they were injured.”

Foles came in on 2nd-and-10 with the Eagles threatening at San Diego’s 14-yard line. He threw a ball out of bounds near the corner of the end zone for an incompletion. Vick returned on the next play and threw an incomplete pass of his own, and the Eagles had to settle for a field goal to tie the game at 30-30. The Chargers went on to win 33-30.

Raanan pointed out that Rule 4, Section 5, Article 3 in the NFL rulebook reads as follows:

When an injury timeout is called, the injured player must leave the game for the completion of one down. The player will be permitted to remain in the game if:
(a) either team calls a charged team timeout;
(b) the injury is the result of a foul by an opponent; or
(c) the period ends or the two-minute warning occurs before the next snap.

Kelly later admitted that he did not realize he had an option to call a timeout and keep Vick in the game.

“That was on me,” he said, per CSNPhilly.com. “I should have asked.”

Kelly was also criticized for not chewing up more clock on the Eagles’ final drive, which is obviously one of the downsides to running an incredibly fast-paced offense and preaching speed to your team. Would one more Vick play have made a difference? We’ll never know, but I feel fairly confident Kelly won’t make the same mistake again going forward.

H/T Deadspin

Mike Trout thinks he would beat Michael Vick in a race

Mike Trout is one of the fastest players in baseball, and he thinks he’s fast enough to take down one of the fastest players in the NFL.

The Los Angeles Angels stud outfielder joined MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk” last week and was asked whether he could accomplish many athletic feats. Trout was asked if he could: dunk a basketball, drive a golf ball over 300 yards, ice skate backwards, bowl a perfect game and finish in the top three of “Dancing With the Stars.” Trout was also asked if he could beat Michael Vick in a 50-yard dash.

Mike Trout cycleAfter pondering the question for a few seconds, Trout came up with a confident response.

“I mean yeah. What is he, 30? I know he’s older. I got him, I got him for sure!” Trout said.

Trout was then asked if he could beat Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson in a race. Johnson famously clocked a 4.24 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine.

“I don’t know about that. Nah, there ain’t no way. Ain’t no way of catching him,” Trout admitted.

As for the other accomplishments, Trout says he came close to a perfect game in bowling and that his highest score was in the 280s. He could do everything else on the list, except finish well in “Dancing With the Stars” because he says he’s not a good dancer.

Vick’s speed has actually been a popular topic this year. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback raced teammate LeSean McCoy in May and supposedly torched the running back. Shortly thereafter, Vick said he was the fastest quarterback in the league. But could Trout beat him in a race? I’ll take my boy Trout, and I’d happily pay to see it happen.

If you have some time, you should watch the entire interview because it’s pretty funny. At one point Trout says if the Angels were stuck on a desert island and had to eat someone, he’d choose manager Mike Scioscia because he’s the meatiest. Love it.

H/T The 700 Level

Michael Vick on Riley Cooper-Cary Williams fight: ‘These young dudes don’t respect me’

Riley-Cooper-Cary-Williams-fightWhen Riley Cooper and Cary Williams got into a fight at Philadelphia Eagles practice on Thursday, Michael Vick stepped in and tried to prevent the situation from escalating. As the video we posted earlier shows, Cooper walked away and looked like he wanted nothing to do with the scrum. Williams, however, seemed furious.

Cooper insisted that he and Williams had smoothed things over by the time practice ended, but Vick was not happy with his teammates.

“I try to be the peacemaker, but these young dudes don’t respect me,” he told the Philadelphia Daily News, motioning in the direction of Williams. “Our maturity level’s gotta be on a whole different plane. Regardless of who the catalyst was for the whole fight, that doesn’t matter. We’ve gotta be men. We’re not guys who are out on the street, fighting one another. We’re teammates … It’s game week. We don’t have time for that. I don’t. It’s a distraction.”

Vick was clearly upset over the fact that Williams was yelling in his face as he was trying to prevent him from going after Cooper. Despite his checkered past, Vick is the Eagles’ starting quarterback and one of the older guys on the team. He is expected to be a leader and that is exactly what he was trying to be.

DeSean Jackson, who also tried to play peacemaker, echoed Vick’s sentiment.

“You’re dealing with different personalities, different backgrounds,” Jackson said. “At the end of the day, we’re all here to do a job, first and foremost.”

While it’s fun to speculate about whether the fight had to do with Cooper’s racist outburst or not, Vick has a point. Fights are going to happen, but younger players on the team should respect the veteran guys when they step in to handle the situation. That is especially true when the start of the regular season is just days away.

Michael Vick repaying last of his bankruptcy debt

Michael VickMichael Vick was in poor financial shape after going to prison for running his Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting ring, and he filed for bankruptcy in 2008. Vick had to give back some of the signing bonus money he accepted from the Atlanta Falcons, and he owed millions of dollars in outstanding debts. But after years of having financial struggles, it looks like Vick is close to finally paying off all of his bankruptcy debt.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Vick’s bankruptcy case will be ending in the coming months and that he has paid 75 percent of his debts.

Vick agreed to pay $6.5 million back to the Falcons for the signing bonus he accepted. He owed in the range of $5 million to his former agent. He also owed a few million to a bank for real estate loans. His total debts reportedly were around $20 million.

Vick filed for bankruptcy and was confident he would be able to pay back his debts, even when his prospects of earning additional income looked bleak.

After being released from prison, Vick signed on as a backup quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. Vick was signed for $1.6 million in 2009 and $5 million in 2010. The Eagles gave him 6-year, $100 million contract in 2011, but the sides agreed to restructure the deal this year. Vick is earning around a $7 million base salary this season, with incentive clauses that could take the amount to $10 million.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Michael Vick named Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback over Nick Foles

Michael-Vick-NFL-top-100-list-jokeThe Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback competition finally came to a close on Tuesday, when Chip Kelly officially named Michael Vick the team’s starting quarterback. He has beaten out second-year signal-caller Nick Foles for the job.

For those who have watched the Eagles during the preseason, the move is not a surprise. Vick has been incredibly sharp in two games, completing 13 of 15 passes for 199 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. He connected with DeSean Jackson on a perfectly thrown deep ball against the New England Patriots in Philly’s first preseason game and has been very accurate throwing the ball down the field.

Prior to preseason play, the common belief was that the odds were stacked against Vick. He will carry a much bigger cap hit than Foles this season, so the assumption was that Vick would have to outshine Foles in order to justify the money he is being paid rather than simply keep pace with him. He has done just that and obviously proven his worth to Kelly.

Of course, things can change in a hurry. Vick has been incredibly injury prone throughout his career and Kelly runs a unique offense, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Foles play a major role for the Eagles this season. But for now, Vick simply appeared to respond more to the challenge of battling for a starting position.

Michael Vick forgives Riley Cooper, disagrees with Marcus

Michael VickMichael Vick forgives his Philadelphia Eagles teammate Riley Cooper for using a racist slur while at a Kenny Chesney concert. He also says he disagrees with the harsh words of his brother, Marcus, who wanted to put a bounty on Cooper.

Cooper was fined $1,000 by the team for his comments, and he quickly apologized after video of his slur went viral on Wednesday. Cooper also apparently came to his teammates and apologized to them.

Vick told reporters that Cooper apologized to them and that there was an open dialogue among the team after his apology. He said he forgave Cooper and that he disagrees with what his brother tweeted.

[Video: Riley Cooper uses racial slur at Kenny Chesney concert]

“We all make mistakes in life… As a teammate, I forgave him,” Vick told reporters.

“My brother has to not show a certain level of ignorance himself,” Mike said of brother Marcus, via the LA Times’ Sam Farmer.

Vick also tweeted the following note:

Though Vick forgives Cooper, others may not be so quick to forgive. According to Jeff McLane of the Philly Inquirer, wide receiver Jason Avant said that although some already have forgiven Cooper, it may take a while before others do.

Who figured that in all this mess, it would be Michael Vick coming across as the most mature individual?

Photo: Twitter/Jeff McLane

DeSean Jackson: Michael Vick will ‘probably’ be Philadelphia Eagles starter

Michael-Vick-NFL-top-100-list-jokeOne thing Chip Kelly has already had success with at the NFL level is keeping everyone in the dark about who the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback will be come Week 1. There have been a few stray reports about the ongoing competition between Michael Vick and Nick Foles, but we have yet to hear anything concrete.

Despite the uncertainty, DeSean Jackson has his own prediction.

“In my opinion, honestly, I don’t want to be put on the spot, I know y’all gonna do me like that, but Michael Vick’s got a lot of confidence in himself,” Jackson told ESPN earlier this week (via PhillyMag.com). “He’s been there, going on 12 years in the NFL, I think he’ll get the job.

“Nick Foles is a great, great talent coming in from Arizona, actually a Pac-12 guy. He has the hype, he has the skills as well too. Going into camp, I think Michael Vick will probably be the starter, but we still don’t know. I think Chip Kelly’s gonna keep everybody honest and keep everybody open.”

That’s exactly what Kelly has done to this point, but a recent report indicated Foles may have the edge over Vick. It should be noted that even Jackson has had to speak to Kelly this offseason to clarify his role with the team, so the former Oregon coach has a lot of people guessing.

As we mentioned before, Vick may really have to outplay Foles to win the job. Vick carries a much bigger cap hit than Foles ($7 million) if he makes the 53-man roster. Plus, Kelly could be looking to start fresh as he begins his NFL coaching career. With the way it has gone so far, we’ll probably have to wait until preseason begins to get our answer.

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