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Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:04 pm
Vick is frustrated by hits. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

After the Giants thoroughly dismantled the Eagles Sunday, a bruised (but not broken!) and battered Michael Vick spoke with the media. Philly's quarterback had been forced from the game for the second straight week, this time with a right-hand injury. He wasted little time getting to the point.

"At some point something catastrophic is going to happen," he said. "Not to blame the refs or say that it was their fault, it's just one of those unfortunate situations and I just think more precautions should be taken when I'm inside the pocket. If you look at all the replays, I'm on the ground every time and it's unfortunate for myself and it's unfortunate for my team and I'll be lying if I said I wasn't, if I were to sit here and say I wasn't frustrated right now because of that."

A day later, Vick softened his stance. "I was kind of out of character and being too candid in that aspect. Ultimately, I have respect for the referees and their decision to make calls. You won't hear me complaining about it no more."

The NFL hasn't commented publicly on Vick's observations which we take to mean that the issue is behind us. Except that former NFL VP of Officiating Mike Pereira, who now works as a FOX NFL analyst, has some thoughts on the matter.

Appearing on SiriusXM Radio's Evan and Phillips in the Morning (transcription via PFT), Pereira needed only six words to get to the heart of the matter.

“Well, I thought it was ridiculous,” he said.

There's more, of course.

“It actually took me back, it took me back to my job in New York when I worked for the league, and it was a constant complaint by the Eagles, whether it was [Donovan] McNabb at quarterback or whether it was Vick. They clearly complained more than any other team.”

And more still.

“He’s a quarterback that’s on the move, he’s going to get hit more,” Pereira said. “Yes, there are a couple that may be missed but the fact that a ton of them are missed and that he’s hit late all the time is absurd. And he comes out and kind of does the mea culpa yesterday but at the same time what did he say? ‘I was being too candid.’ Well, that doesn’t sound to me like much of an apology. And also the damage is done. I don’t want to be the referee that goes in there now next and works with him. If he calls a roughing the passer penalty for a hit on Vick everybody’s going to say, ‘Well, Vick taunted him into that.’ If he doesn’t [call it] there’s going to be more criticism. So I think it was a bunch of bull and it didn’t sit well with me and it still doesn’t.”

Vick M.A.S.H. update
On one hand, we understand Vick's frustration. The guy takes an absolute beating. On the other hand, it is ridiculous to suggest that he's alone. Ben Roethlisberger is a perfect example. Not only is he mobile in the pocket, but he's also a huge target. If anybody had a legit complaint about not getting calls, it's Big Ben. (Remember when Haloti Ngata broke Roethlisberger's nose by clubbing him in the face last season? No flag, though Ngata was later fined.)

Jay Cutler and Tony Romo also take weakly drubbings, and Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan have been known to get rocked a time or 10 a game, too.

The difference between Vick and the five other quarterbacks we listed? Vick's the only one bellyaching publicly. And let's be honest: it's not like he's playing behind the Texans' offensive line. The five guys responsible for protecting Vick are, to put it kindly, a mess. Maybe Philly's QB should first direct his comments at offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg since he's responsible for dialing up the plays that inevitably lead to Vick getting peeled off the turf.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:26 pm

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Wow... bitter much?! The photo sequence is all over the web... just google it. IMGUR is the hosting website. The funny thing is that there are two (2) Bears that could have gotten called for the hold. Maybe you are as blind as the rest of the Bears nation?

Now to be clear, the Bears played "not one of their best games"? Time for you to enlighten us! When do we get to see this juggernaut of an offense that you are suggesting exists. I have heard of fantasy football, but you are delusional!

The Packers defense limited Matt Forte to 8" per carry... not eight yards, not eight feet, eight inches. Yep - our defense absolutely sucks, right. They also WON the game handily. Hard to argue with the results when the clock ticks down and you are on the low end of the score-board, but hey what do I know? I am just defensive and angry as you suggest.

Are you guys still mad that the Bears attempt to keep the Packers out of the post-season failed miserably last year, and as a result you got beat at home in a meaningful playoff game so they could watch the Packers win yet another Super Bowl? How many does that make since the last Bears appearance?      

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2011 5:27 pm

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

I would have to disagree...I think that if you are running out of the pocket and get had it coming...especially if you are a runner like Vick...but I see late pocket hits getting no calls against Vick and that isn't right. When he is standing tall in the pocket like Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, he should get the same protection. You shouldn't get to hit a qb illegally in the pocket when he isn't running, simply because of his reputation as a runner. He should have to be scrambling before you can hit him like a RB.

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:24 pm

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Yellvick need's to stop crying and try to help his team he is payed plenty to take a few hit's he should get on his offense line and their coach  you don't hear big ben cry

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 8:17 pm

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Where does boz rule?Probly in the shithouse,that sounds like thats where it's coming from!You call Vick a dog killer?sounds like your a sports killer to me.You suck it up and start watching the games and quit worrying what the players say.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 2:59 pm

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Vick's complaints are ridiculous, and so are the Eagles and their stupid fans.  I've never heard a bigger bunch of collective cry baby's in my life.  If the "Dream Team" were 3-0, then everything in the world would be great.  But since they now suck at 1-2, everyone is looking for excuses, including Vick.  Don't blame the refs because you're careless with the ball out there and don't know how to slide or run out of bounds or get rid of the ball on time.  Suck it up, dogkiller!!!!  Things could be (and have been) worse for you..

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