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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: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:04 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

I think in the same way of Vick the referees protec some quarterbacks better than others, with the hits of the Giants to Brady, Brees, Flacco or Sanchez, it could be a night of flags, but for others than Vick, Roethlisberger or Fitzpatrick they other standard

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:02 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

And by the way, FOX should be embarrassed to hire that so called 'Mr. Know-It-All Mike Pereira'. When he was trying to describe why Calvin Johnson's TD catch against the Bears last year shouldn't count, the producer should have played the music to 'Cupid Shuffle' in the background, with the way that clown was dancing around all the facts. He's cluless, baseless, and a first class M-O-R-O-N!!

Since: Jul 10, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:57 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Do they MODERATE these comments? Dosn't seem like it...

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.    

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:55 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Stick to the point A-Hole...the Canty hit on Vick WAS LATE AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN FLAGGED!! END OF STORY!!  We don't have to talk aboult every damn hit on a QB since Johnny freakin Unitas! Stop twisting words around. You sound like Bill Clinton when he was asked if he was screwing Monica 'The Whore'.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:53 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Uh oh the idiot packer fan is also still living last year, what ever will his excuse be when they don't win it again this year because their defense is terrible and one of their best players in the secondary is done for the year.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:35 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

ELI tougher than Vick....put that in your pipe and smoke it philly!!!! AHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHHAHAH!!!

Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:29 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous


Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:14 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

okay mike vick, you want it both ways. you want to be a mobile qb, and you want the refs to throw flags when you get hit. try not hanging on to the ball until the very last second, or if you want, we can have the refs call you in the grasp as soon as the defense gets a hand on you, and not let you try to move around. then you can get your flags thrown. if your going to be mobile, and want the ability to extend the play then your going to have to be ready to take the extra hits. so just be quiet and play football

Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:07 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Love all these posts...can't tell that theirs alot of Vick haters out there...Ryan Wilson  needs to strap up the pads and get out there one time and see what its like instead of hiding behind a pen like the coward he is and Mike Pereira,the former vp of officiating has missed more replay calls on Fox than anybody so to read this artical makes me laugh when all these so called experts don't have a clue what their talking about. 

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 8:55 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

First of all, calling Vick a thug is ridiculous, he complained...that's all.  Implying he's a thug sets up a race card.  Second, I agree with Pereira (to a point).  A lot of QB's in the league get vicious hits.  Some are called, some aren't.  Vick's OL is horrid right now.  If they don't shore it up quickly, Young or Kafka will be starting soon.  I believe the comments he (Vick) first made were in the direction to the refs, but also to the OL.  Vick is fustrated, as he should be, but he took up the fight with the wrong people, the refs. 

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