Michael Vick has made it clear that he intends to return to the Vick of old when it comes to running and pressuring defenses with his legs.
Vick has made it clear that he will play not worried about injuries, and no one is going to change his mindset.
NFL Network analyst and Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin doesn’t agree with Vick, and told the Sporting News that “it would be stupid for Vick not to slide.”
“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.”
“It’s mind-boggling,’’ Irvin, the Hall of Fame receiver and a co-host for NFL Network’s GameDay Morning pre-game show, said during the network’s preseason introduction in New York Wednesday. Irvin shook his head and repeated: “Mind-boggling, mind boggling, mind-boggling.
“I mean, I’m watching the game (last week against Carolina)—he took a hit in the preseason, and he almost didn’t get up. I said, ‘Oh my God.’ Down on the goal line, he almost did not get up, on that play down on the goal line. Are you (kidding) me? I mean …’’ Irvin chuckled and shook his head.
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.”