Most people figured that Michael Vick would be the starting QB for the Philadelphia Eagles come opening day. The reasoning and rationale may have varied from person to person, but the end result was the same.
However, one person’s reasoning surfaced recently that I found interesting. Former Dallas wide receiver Michael Irvin offered his take on why Kelly chose Vick over Foles, courtesy of Jordan Ranaan at NJ.com…
“Kelly would have been not a bright man if he started anybody else,” the former Cowboys wide receiver and current NFL Network analyst said. “I always knew Michael Vick was going to be the starter. Why Michael? Because when Michael Vick is the starter of my new offense that I don’t know if it will work in the NFL, if it doesn’t work, I’m going to put it on Michael Vick and move him right out of the way and then I’ll slip in a young guy as I maneuver this offense and change it up.”
Basically, it sounds like he’s saying that Kelly can use Vick as his sacrificial lamb if things don’t go well this season.
Even though Vick had simply performed better during the QB competition and therefore earned the job, this is still an interesting thought about the situation in general.
Prior to Kelly officially announcing it, I outlined my reasoning for why Vick would be the starter both here and here. In an underlying way when I stated that Kelly is playing with “house money” by going with Vick, I was alluding to something similar to what Irvin stated, just not quite as blatant.
Irvin seems to suggest that Kelly is making a distinct decision to roll with Vick so he can experiment with his offense to see if it works at the NFL level. If it fails, the focus of the blame will be on Vick instead of Kelly’s “growing pains” as an NFL coach and play-caller.
I don’t believe that’s the case. Kelly made the decision for several other more logical reasons and there’s no way to say Irvin’s thought ever entered the conscious mind of Kelly. However, it can be viewed as more of a “side benefit” for Kelly’s inaugural season in the NFL.
Irvin’s entire career as a player and analyst has been dotted with controversies and sometimes idiotic statements. He’s also one of those guys who likes to hear himself talk and says things just to make headlines.
Could what he says about Kelly’s decision be true? Sure. Is it the most logical reason Kelly chose Vick? Hell no.
I just so happen to find it an interesting thought, that’s all.