When last we heard Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was complaining about not getting the same protection from NFL referees that other quarterbacks get. He did his Virginia Beach radio show on Monday and was still talking about getting hit, too much.
“Every chance they get I’m getting hit,” he added. “That’s the game. At the same time, it takes a toll on me. I just don’t think it’s fair. I just hope the referees watch that closely and call it when it needs to be called.”
This is a mistake Vick shouldn’t be the one crying about getting hit because it makes he look and sound like a cry baby. This is Andy Reid’s job. He’s the one who should be crying about Vick getting hit.
If Vick continues to make noise about getting hit, some of the refs, (a number of which probably already hate his guts because of the dogfighting), will take it out on him and call the game against the Eagles. Reid should be the guy who makes the noise about the hits. The quarterback shouldn’t say anything.
As I stated before in a previous article, current Los Angeles Lakers and former Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson is the best at making statements publicly which force the refs to make the right calls at the right time. He would always do the talking and create an atmosphere which forced the referees to protect his superstars, Michael Jordan, then and now Kobe Bryant. Referees watch the news and they don’t want to be the bad guys.
At the same time they don’t like to have players calling them out. Referees don’t treat the coaches the same way because they figure the coach’s job is to speak up for the their players. Reid should tell his quarterback to stop talking about the hits and let him take care of it. Reid has to be the bad guy.
Vick also made a mistake by saying he doesn’t mind the referees not treating him like a quarterback when he’s running downfield.
“When I’m outside the pocket and I’m running, that’s one thing’, Vick said in the radio interview. “When I’m down the field and running, that’s another. But when I’m in the pocket all rules apply to me like any other quarterback.”
Somebody has to talk to this guy. Vick is a quarterback whether he’s in the pocket or downfield running with the football and he should be treated like one.