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Michael Irvin says it’s stupid for Michael Vick not to slide

Former Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Irvin unveils Madden 13 during the Electronic Arts news conference as part of E3 in Los Angeles, California Reuters

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick says he’s going to make the most of his running abilities without worrying about injuries, and no one is going to talk him out of playing the way he wants to play.

But Michael Irvin would like to try.

Irvin, the Hall of Fame former Cowboys receiver, told Sporting News that he saw Vick take an unnecessary hit in the preseason game against the Panthers, and it was frustrating for Irvin to see Vick failing to take care of his body.

“It’s stupid,” Irvin said. “You cannot be this stupid. You cannot be this dumb. It’s impossible. Your [butt] has been hurt every year. Stop putting your body on the line like that.”

Irvin said that other than John Elway’s helicopter, he doesn’t ever want to see a quarterback putting his body on the line.

“The only time you do it—when John Elway did it in the Super Bowl. That’s it,” Irvin said. “When the Super Bowl game is on the line, and it’s third-and-whatever and you need that first down, you stick your head in there. Other than that, anywhere else, you slide and give it up.”

If Vick doesn’t listen, he may not last 16 games in Chip Kelly’s offense.

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53 Responses to “Michael Irvin says it’s stupid for Michael Vick not to slide”
  1. cuda1234 says: Aug 24, 2013 12:18 PM

    And if anyone has the market cornered on stupid….

  2. redfield11 says: Aug 24, 2013 12:18 PM

    Michael Irvin doesn’t quite say it gracefully, but fair point. If you’re hurt all the time your solution isn’t to get more aggressive with your running.

  3. cryptker says: Aug 24, 2013 12:19 PM

    and Michael Irvin knows Stuipd!

  4. eaglesfan036 says: Aug 24, 2013 12:21 PM

    It’s not that Vick doesn’t want to slide, it’s that he actually does not know how to slide. Instead, he dives forward and it looks awkward each time he does it.

  5. 12444uggg says: Aug 24, 2013 12:24 PM

    Vick gets banged up in the pocket to. Vick is at his best when he gambles and gets away with it. That’s his game. Irvin isn’t wrong, but it’s not like Vick hasn’t probably been hearing that since being a freshman at VT.

  6. duncanthecat says: Aug 24, 2013 12:24 PM

    It’s obvious that Kelly wants the #1 pick next year.
    Vick done after four games.

  7. stoytashaan says: Aug 24, 2013 12:25 PM

    I am waiting patiently for Michael Irvin’s self help book to arrive at my door. I hear it includes tidbits on not only QB slides but how to properly address the police and an entire section on dry cleaning fur coats!

  8. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 24, 2013 12:33 PM

    stoytashaan says:
    Aug 24, 2013 12:25 PM
    I am waiting patiently for Michael Irvin’s self help book to arrive at my door. I hear it includes tidbits on not only QB slides but how to properly address the police and an entire section on dry cleaning fur coats!

    ————-

    Well done, sir, well done!

  9. bygd1 says: Aug 24, 2013 12:36 PM

    Speaking of STUPID how does this man still have a Job as an announcer?

  10. northstarnic says: Aug 24, 2013 12:40 PM

    The fact that Irvin is making this point just demonstrates how completely obvious it is.

  11. gopblows says: Aug 24, 2013 12:45 PM

    Speed guys value their legs more than any part of the body. After Vick broke his leg versus the Ravens back in 2003 on that turf, I really believe psychologically he fears his cleats getting jammed on the turf or grass if he slides.

  12. exhelodrvr says: Aug 24, 2013 12:50 PM

    What does Marcus think?

  13. bruiseddeath says: Aug 24, 2013 12:53 PM

    “and Michael Irvin knows Stuipd!”

    _________________________________

    Is there irony in the above quoted post with its misspelling of ‘stupid’ ? :)

  14. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 24, 2013 1:04 PM

    Supposedly, and this does nothing short of blow my mind, Vick doesn’t even know HOW to slide! Every time he goes down its head first, and that is pure idiocy. I’m sure if Vick were standing still, he could fall backwards right onto his butt, but why is it that when he is moving he all of a sudden can’t fall backwards onto his rear end and get down? There are a couple million 5 year olds playing tee ball out there that can teach Vick how to slide…

  15. shotgunformation5wide says: Aug 24, 2013 1:12 PM

    Probably because he broke his ankle/foot, trying to slide … when he played with the Falcons.

  16. grogseal says: Aug 24, 2013 1:19 PM

    The omnipotent wizard of all football knowledge, Mr. Irvin, has been kind enough to share some of his insightful thoughts with us.

    We are blessed.

  17. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 24, 2013 1:20 PM

    My favorite quote from Michael Irvin:

    “Did you felt the electwicity?”

  18. officialgame says: Aug 24, 2013 1:22 PM

    Not as stupid as it is for Michael to talk.

  19. eaglesfanalways says: Aug 24, 2013 1:22 PM

    I hate having Vick as the face of my team…there, I said it. Only consolation is that I’ll be a fan a lot longer than he will be a quarterback.

  20. DonkeyStick says: Aug 24, 2013 1:22 PM

    Cocaine says “it’s stupid for Michael Irving to snort me”.

  21. duranedurane says: Aug 24, 2013 1:25 PM

    its actually smart not to slide if your mike vick…think about it..if you play bad and get CUT when your healty..no money..injured reserve….paid in full…#JustSayin…#HTTR

  22. officialgame says: Aug 24, 2013 1:25 PM

    This from a man who makes Plaxico Burress look like a PHD.

  23. concord148 says: Aug 24, 2013 1:26 PM

    Oh well – I think Vick has gone to the dogs.

  24. malibudave66 says: Aug 24, 2013 1:30 PM

    Amen Micheal!! For those of us who have played this game at a high level we know what Mike Vick is Risking and is no good on the IR all the time!!!

  25. 1trinieagle says: Aug 24, 2013 1:31 PM

    >>gopblows> I share your sentiment… Vick has been coached by some of baseball best on proper sliding technique… the Atlanta baseball players coached him, as well as J.Roll from the Phillies… getting his cleats caught in the turf, and breaking his leg sliding during that Ravens game… well that may be a big part of Mike not sliding.

  26. greymares says: Aug 24, 2013 1:34 PM

    GREAT MESSAGE MAN,delivered by one of the all time bad guys

  27. doall24 says: Aug 24, 2013 1:48 PM

    run with your head up vick. don’t slide, dive headfirst into the defender, show some toughness!

  28. somekat says: Aug 24, 2013 1:54 PM

    It’s stupid to be in a motel room with a half dozen hookers and a bunch of coke, but some people………..

  29. sjoyner59 says: Aug 24, 2013 2:23 PM

    Our chances of becoming a good office will depend on Mike staying healthy and limiting his turno

  30. bigblue00 says: Aug 24, 2013 2:32 PM

    All this talk about 2 guys who should be playing in the Penal leagues.

  31. gabe77 says: Aug 24, 2013 2:36 PM

    Whenever someone puts a microphone in front of Irvin and lets him speak its stupid.

  32. dladd08 says: Aug 24, 2013 2:36 PM

    Good advice is good advice period.

  33. rt61 says: Aug 24, 2013 2:41 PM

    Vicky Vick, Vick…you will be hurt if you don’t slide because you are not a durable player.

  34. kd75 says: Aug 24, 2013 3:11 PM

    Of course Troy Aikman couldn’t run his way out of a wet paper bag if he had a chainsaw.

  35. vwbrown19 says: Aug 24, 2013 3:12 PM

    This comes from a crackhead Mike Irving

  36. chuckchillout says: Aug 24, 2013 3:14 PM

    As dumb as Vick’s refusal to slide is, I think it’s even more stupid for Kelly to allow Vick to go into this season with this attitude.

  37. kd75 says: Aug 24, 2013 3:18 PM

    Which is worse…Being immobile QB and getting his constantly? Or being a mobile QB and getting hit constantly?

    News Flash: Football is a contact sport.

  38. 1bigtex says: Aug 24, 2013 3:19 PM

    @kd75

    What a perceptive comment. Obviously, Vick’s running ability trumps Aikman’s toughness and accuracy as a QB in your mind. Let’s see, three rings or a felony conviction. Which is more desirable?

  39. bigblu73 says: Aug 24, 2013 3:20 PM

    somekat says:
    Aug 24, 2013 1:54 PM
    It’s stupid to be in a motel room with a half dozen hookers and a bunch of coke, but some people………..
    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Lord have mercy already!!! I guess you and everyone else that has some snarky comment to make about Michael Irvin are perfect and don’t have a part of your life that you would like to take back? Jeez that was like 25 years ago!!! So based on him not being “perfect” like all you commenters he aught not have an opinion on something that is fairly obvious???

  40. olcap says: Aug 24, 2013 3:25 PM

    sjoyner59 says: Aug 24, 2013 2:23 PM

    Our chances of becoming a good office will depend on Mike staying healthy and limiting his turno
    _______________

    I’d say your chances aren’t looking good.

  41. ravens533 says: Aug 24, 2013 3:28 PM

    Vick’s not wanting to go down before he gets hit reminds me of that old saying “Don’t confuse me with facts, my mind is made up.”

  42. gdeli says: Aug 24, 2013 3:32 PM

    forget this macho crap and run out of bounds(run to see another maybe td play). Slide early, trent green got 2 BAD concussion even doing this. Did he slide late or maybe he didn’t. Not to blame him.

  43. 302baller says: Aug 24, 2013 3:50 PM

    I agree 100% it is stupid. No matter how you slice it, you need to make smart decisions. The offense runs around the QB and you want your leader to set examples of smart play.

  44. nflpoker says: Aug 24, 2013 3:54 PM

    “It’s stupid,” Irvin said. “You cannot be this stupid. You cannot be this dumb. It’s impossible. Your [butt] has been hurt every year. Stop putting your body on the line like that.”
    ———————————————–
    Vick can be that stupid.

  45. frankietwothumbs says: Aug 24, 2013 4:41 PM

    somekat says:
    Aug 24, 2013 1:54 PM
    It’s stupid to be in a motel room with a half dozen hookers and a bunch of coke, but some people………..
    ——————————————————————————

    I think you misspelled awesome.

  46. boltfansmith says: Aug 24, 2013 5:01 PM

    I read between the lines. Irving said,” coke please, I need a bump.”

  47. fordmandalay says: Aug 24, 2013 5:25 PM

    Hey Michael, it’s also pretty stupid to be smoking crack… OH I forgot, that was your FRIEND’S crack pipe the cops found in your car. Come on, man.

  48. edavidberg says: Aug 24, 2013 5:36 PM

    Vick is just dumb and the Eagles are dumber for not making him slide if he wants to get on the field.

  49. nananatman says: Aug 24, 2013 6:12 PM

    Hmmm I wonder what Chip Kelly’s (Barkley) plan really is.

  50. sportfanz says: Aug 24, 2013 6:25 PM

    Who in the hell cares what Michael cocaine Irvin says!

  51. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 24, 2013 7:06 PM

    The Playmaker makes a valid point especially in a preseason game. There are certain times in a big game where maybe the QB should put it all on the line but in preseason? Stupid is pretty much right.

  52. fishfan39 says: Aug 24, 2013 8:51 PM

    Well Mike Vick is never going to be mistaken as being some kind of genius. As far as I’m concerned if he’s stupid enough to get himself hurt then I’m stupid enough to laugh at him when it happens. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!

  53. 11inthebox says: Aug 24, 2013 9:01 PM

    Its very important for Michael Irvin to use the word “stupid” in relation to Michael Vick. Its the one word most “fans” use in relation to Vick.

    And these days, its really important that analysts do their best to sound like “fans” and not former players.

    Former players merely played the game, but fans have mastered fantasy football and Play Station.

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