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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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Comments

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 2:38 pm
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Giants WR basically fumbles the ball while trying to score and is rewarded a TD because "the ball broke the plain" of the endzone.  Why do we have two different requirements for WR's?

@ConeyDave

I totally agree.  The same goes if he'd "caught" it on the 4 yard line and fumbled it on the way down, it would have been ruled an incomplete pass.  I understand the 'break the plane' rule for when a runner is crossing the goal line and is stripped after he crosses the line, that not being a fumble.  But the rules on control of the pass thru the end of the play should be consistent regardless where it was caught.



Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 2:06 pm
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Karma is a bitch Mikey!



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

I don't have a problem with most of Pereira's comments in this article, but:
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.
What does Pereira want?  Blood?  Vick's only mistake was making his comments in public, rather than behind the scenes, and that's what he apologized for.  You think other quarterbacks--and teams--haven't made similar comments behind the scenes, through channels?  And if Vick had done that, why would you be saying that he still had something to apologize for?   



Since: Jul 25, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

After the the Sunday.     I read that line and thought "Man! what a F**kin idiot!!" Thoroughly dismantled? I sense a conflict of interest Mr.Wilson...



Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

I'm going to stop reading articles that quote Mike Pereira, I've always thought he was a no talent hack that had no business giving opinions on football.  His constant whine and mumbling gives me the impression that he's really not sure about what he's saying, so he's just making it up as he goes to fit the current situation.  It's always someone else's fault with him.  Just like now, according to him, the Eagles complained more than any other team. Blah Blah Blah.  Before any readers decide to tear into me, know that my father was an official for 36 years, so I do have some insight into this.  



Since: Nov 5, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

When can we get back to hard hitting smash mouth football.  Mine as well put damn tu-tu's on the players.  Vick SHOULD have not even been out there to begin with.  What ever happpen to concussion this week means you are sitting the next reagardless of whatever tests docs have to run on you. Should we blame this idiot for throwing a pick getting knocked on his hiny and then he gets up and tries to attepmt to tackle a guy leaving himself vulnerable to get his bell rung again. It was so easy to see that he should be sitting on the sideline and not in the game. So blame the refs michael just like you blamed everyone else for your dog fighting.  What a bunch of BS.



Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:35 pm
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

So Vick is complaining about being beat up unfairly???  Hmmm...might be a few dogs out there that knows how he feels.

The end of the article hits the point. He's on the ground so much because his Oline is a sieve and he holds onto the ball too long because he always looks to throw deep.

Just a crybaby.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

There are at least two rules known as a "Brady Rule" in the NFL.  How many Vick Rules are there?



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:17 pm
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

....what is fair is to REDISTRIBUTE all the roughing the passer penalty flags equally among all the QB's in the league. That would be the most PATRIOTic thing to do (pun intended)



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

The man gave his opinion and because you disagree does notmake his OPINION wrong. Neither of us worked in the league office and based on the fact that Pereira DID, I have to believe the Eagles do send complaints as frequent as Vick gets hit (ok that was low).


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