Michael Vick leaves with hamstring injury, Matt Barkley replaces him


Michael Vick is out with an injury. Tell me something new.

Vick left the Philadelphia Eagles’ game against the New York Giants on Sunday after re-aggravating his hamstring injury. Ironically, Vick left the team’s Week 5 win over the Giants with a hamstring injury and was returning to action after missing the team’s last two games. Vick was termed questionable to return to the game after exiting in the second quarter. He was 6-for-9 for 31 yards and an interception before leaving the game.

Fourth-round pick Matt Barkley replaced Vick in the game and ended a strong drive with a fumble. Barkley made his NFL debut in a Week 7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys last week replacing Nick Foles, who suffered a concussion. He threw 3 interceptions in his debut. When you factor in the fumble, Barkley committed turnovers on his first four career drives.

The reality is that you cannot count on Michael Vick as your starting quarterback. The guy constantly gets hurt, and the truth is his inaccuracy as a passer makes him too unreliable and inconsistent.

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.

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.