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

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

The first 60 seconds of this video on NFL.com 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.

Temple cracks Top 25 in final CFP rankings, will play in Military Bowl

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Temple cracks Top 25 in final CFP rankings, will play in Military Bowl

After winning its first American Athletic Conference championship Saturday, Temple learned its postseason fate Sunday and it does not involve a New Year's Six bowl game.

The Owls will play Wake Forest in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Maryland. Temple also finished No. 24 in the final College Football Playoff rankings and No. 23 in the AP poll.

At 10-3, Temple has its first back-to-back 10-win season in program history. It's also the first time the Owls have been ranked in consecutive seasons. Head coach Matt Rhule now has 28 wins as Temple's head coach, tying him with Bruce Arians' for the sixth-most in school history.

Wake Forest finished the season 6-6 and on a three-game losing streak, but two of those three loses came to No. 2 Clemson and No. 13 Louisville. The Deamon Deacons have lost five of their last six games.

Flyers-Predators 5 things: Going for longest win streak since 2014

Flyers-Predators 5 things: Going for longest win streak since 2014

Flyers (13-10-3) at Predators (11-8-4)
6 p.m. on CSN and CSNPhilly.com

The Flyers have won a season-high four games in a row. They'll try to make it five Sunday night when they visit the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena for the second game of a back-to-back set.

Let's take a look at five things you need to know.

1. Streaking like 2014?
Not only do the Flyers have a chance to extend their season-best winning streak, but they're also looking to win their most consecutive games since March 15-22, 2014, when they also won five straight.

The Flyers have put up strong showings in the back ends of back-to-backs, going 4-1-1 thus far.

“You just have to have the work ethic night in and night out," Steve Mason said Saturday after the Flyers' 3-1 win over the Blackhawks. "And, I think we were struggling to find that. There are games when we were swarming and giving teams no other option, and other nights we were chasing the puck.

"We have another tough test going to Nashville to play. So, we’re going to have to follow up with another great effort.” 

2. A Provorov encore?
Ivan Provorov's confidence has to be at his highest of the season.

In Saturday's win, the 19-year-old blueliner scored two goals in a 31-second span to double his goal total through the first 25 games.

Provorov said he thinks defense first, but the offensive production is a good sign.

“Score one goal in a game, it’s a good feeling. Score two in one shift, it’s unbelievable,” Provorov said.

“Every time you score, it’s like a confidence booster."

3. Predators finding stride
After losing eight of their first 11 games, Peter Laviolette's Predators have gotten on track, going 8-3-1 since.

Nashville ranks in the top half of the league in goals per game (3.00 — tied for fifth), goals against per game (2.61 — 15th), power-play percentage (22.6 — sixth) and penalty-kill percentage (84.5 — 10th).

Last time out, the Predators blew a 4-1 lead in the third period for a 5-4 overtime loss to the Devils on Saturday, so they should be extra focused.

4. Keep an eye on ...
Flyers: On Saturday, Brayden Schenn scored just his second goal in his past 18 games. Schenn can be streaky so maybe he feeds off that goal. He's also a career plus-4 against the Predators, with two goals and three assists in eight games.

Predators: Let's go P.K. Subban, who isn't exactly a favorite among Flyers fans. He's off to a nice start in his first season in Nashville with six goals and 10 assists, and eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last eight games.

5. This and that
• Flyers goalie Steve Mason is 7-7-5 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 20 career games against the Predators.

• Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne is 3-2-2 with a 2.91 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in seven career games against the Flyers.

• Claude Giroux is four assists away from passing Rick MacLeish (369) and Eric Lindros (369) for fifth on the Flyers’ all-time list.