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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 3, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:06 pm

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Vick wants to ignore the facts that ESPN (Trent Dilfer referenced on Sunday)....Mike Vick has received "more roughing the passer penalties than Brady, Manning," in the same time period. It was hilarious to watch Tom Jackson, MEshawn Johnson, and Chris Carter jump to Vick's defense last Sunday. What was absent was a retort on Trent Dilfer's fact checking. No I'm not interested in the whining and begging from Philly just the FACTS. Bottom line Vick, you are a paid pro and if you are upset yell at the O-line not cry like a little BEE-atch to the league. If you want added protection, stay in the pocket and dont scramble. You are more protected in the pocket because you are a QB and not a "runner" outside the tackles.

Let's really be honest....if you read Philly blogs earlier this year it was concern about the O-line. So look in the mirror, suck it up, and play $100 million dollar football.

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 11:58 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

 ... Bull Malarky, Vick leads the league is roughing calls this year AND LAST year even though he started barely half the games.  Vick gets more roughing calls than any QB in the league.  The 3 you mention are actually at the bottom of the list on roughing calls, rarely do they get the calls.

The reason Brady, Manning and Brees draw so few flags, guys know they're getting flag if they make any contact after the ball is released. They take the fewest hits in general. Vick's not saying he's singled out here, he's honest to god standing up for any qb outside of those three. It's like the way that umpires in MLB give bigger stikezones to more accomplished pitchers than rookies. Vick's just calling all the referees out on giving three quarterbacks who are already great an even more unfair advantage. Its like when Barry Bonds takes steriods, thats what happens

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 11:34 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

I love the way Pereira tries to deflect. No it's not poor officiating, it's the Eagles complaining too much. Because the Eagles complain Mike Vick keeps falling down. Their complaining gave Vick a concussion on week and a damaged hand the next. Because the Eagles complain so much the defenders are always trying to help Vick back to his feet. Let's be honest. The Eagles offensive line is a work in progress at best. Since Vick is so hard to contain defenses get do whatever is necessary to contain/abuse him. When there is head to head contact a flag should be thrown. When they aren't thrown the ref is not doing his job. Pereira is a weasel and needs to tell the truth even if it is criticizing some of his own. Pereira, stand up and be a man.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 11:21 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

The Packers have been able to get away with holding on both sides of the ball for 10 years,Woodson skills have eroded to the point where he holds all the way down the feild and yet no calls.His pass interference on Hester was an absolute joke,even Joe and Troy the absolute worst big game anouncers the NFL has ever had calling their games questioned the no call.Cutler's line sucks along with Mike Martz's play calling so he takes a beating alll the way around,if Fudge Packer Rodgers was hit like Cutler it would be a career ender.

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:52 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Who cares what Vick said.

did anyone see the interview. I believe vick said something like When will he get those 15 yard plays.

Hey you buffoon.....They are 15 yard penalties.

Learn the kings English or go back to the hood where you belong.

Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:47 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

I refuse to take anything Mike Pereira seriously.  It all started with the Calvin Johnson TD that somehow both the refs and Pereira found a way to call incomplete.  Everyone knew it was a TD, yet Pereira failed in trying to explain it.  If Johnson's call was incomplete, how could the Lance Moore call be correct.  How bout this past Sunday and the Giants/Eagles game.  Gaints 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?   Explain that one to us and make it understandable.  If you catch the ball in the endzone, you need two feet, a butt, probably a forearm, and then hold long enough that you get your taxes done.  But if you catch the ball at the 1, all you need to do is let the ball cross the line, but really have no control of the ball.  Sure, that sounds fair.

Pereira is worthless, he has no backbone and will always take the side of the refs.  When he comes on FOX, i switch it to check the other game or something on the Mothership 

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:46 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Its all because of George Bush..

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:33 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

For those of you disputing the Bears holding penalty, here is the screen grab that is being referred to.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see it.  I thought the call was shady while I was watching the game but now agree with the official call.  Why would the Bears player hold on such a well executed trick play?  The bigger question....why would the Bears opt to use their "ace in the hole" play in a game where they have a minimal chance at a comeback?  The Bears should have saved this play for a better opportunity. 

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:31 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Why am I not surprised at the lack of support for Michael Vick?  He's not PAYTON MANNING, BEN ROTHLESBERGER, MATT RYAN or TONY ROMO.  He's that hated guy who went to prison for 2 years due to animal cruelty.  I really never expect any of the haters to own up to what this is all about.  They never do.  Big Ben has been forgiven many times over for his "minor actions towards 2 young ladies (HUMAN BEINGS, mind you--not animals)" and
his comeback to the NFL after his 'more than a joke' suspension was much anticipated and widely accepted with much forgiveness.  Had any of these quarterbacks complained as Vick did, their support would have been overwhelming.  I have nothing against these NFL greats.  It's just a matter of who you are.  If the NFL was to release film of the hits these quarterbacks have taken in the first 3 weeks of the season those who are critical of Vick's comments, would change their minds about those comments.  We are in a sad, sad state when we are still unable to get past our prejudices and our biases.  I'm so very thankful for the parents I was blessed with.  Ones who taught 8 poor little kids, not the importance of monetary success, but the importance of loving and respecting all mankind no matter what race, color or creed.  I'm just surprised at how many sportscasters I once respected so much fall into that same bag based on their comments, also.  While each indivividual is entitled to his/her opinion, it is sad that many of those opinions are fueled by hate and prejudice.  Mr. Pereira doesn't surprise me at all.  According to him, ALL of Cam Newton's achievements aren't much to hoot about, either.  NO OTHER ROOKIE has ever accomplished what he has in his first 2 games and yet, he too, has found the same lack of respect.  I only pray that, at least in my grandchildren's lifetimes, their attitudes towards one another will be much more loving, forgiving and respectful than their grandparents.  GO MICHAEL. 

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:20 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Let's get to the real issue. Philly fans - the reason the refs don't flag you and the fans dogpile you is that we ALL HATE YOU. You are the lowest form of fan in sports. European soccer houligans are lightweights compared to you. You suck and we will forever pile all the sh*t we can on you. We hate those D cell battery throwin', clapping at injuries and Santa booing, got-a-jail-in-our-stadium low-life Philly fans.

jarhead, you "HATE" all philly sports fans because they are philly fans?
sounds like you have really big issues, and you retitled your own
phase "lowest form of fan is sports"......, your no better then Vick.

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