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Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:04 pm
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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 25, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 8:46 am
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

The problem is fucking Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.  The last several years even looking at them drew a flag!  Don't cherry pick certain QBs and point to a few games, outside of Ben and Sanchez (the one you missed douche nozzle!) and even for them sometimes, they get those calls a lot of the time.  But you have Brady, anybody remember seeing people walk by him, Brady flops, then does the flag motion?  Anytime Welker doesn't catch a ball, they do the flag motion?  That entire team, especially 2008 would always do that.  It was pathetic.  People complain about D-Wade and other NBA players flopping for calls, but they have NOTHING on Brady and the Patriots!

That is the problem when you clearly try to fix games like that, people with longer memories remember!  Anybody remember that pathetic Colts-Steelers games several years ago in the playoffs?  If Vanderjerk doesn't miss that game winning FG it would have been an outright fix!  A lucky fluke saved the NFL from clear scrutiny that game.

The refs make too much of an impact.  They are EXTREMELY inconsistent!  Vick is definitely hit late a lot compared to most QBs.  Pereirra is a fool, most of his hits are in the pocket too after he throws a pass (hence late hit dumbass).



Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 8:46 am
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

I thought all things "Philly" were supposed to be tough?




Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 8:04 am
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

I love all these Philly fans that agree with Vick. You guys make me laugh. Vick doesn't even get knocked down the most in the league and he's complaining! Yeah, it has nothing to do with the fact that his o-line stinks and that he is known all over the league as holding the ball too long because he depends on his legs to scramble! That adds up to getting hit alot.




Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 7:21 am
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Vick has proven again why he is a thug.  He is blaming the refs when he should be blaming the Giant player who hit him or Eagle linemen for not blocking on that play.  If they did call the penalty, he is still hurt, so what is the difference.  He gets just as many calls as every other QB.  It's like him saying it's the pit bull's fault for losing its match, so that's why I killed him by electricution or drowning him in the pool. Displaced anger. This guy is a creeper.  

Hey, if Vick is stupid enough to run around the field unprotected by his line and expose himself to the defense as often as he does and not be quasi-pocket passer with that $110 million dollar contract on the line, then I say he is getting what he deserves.  A beat down.   Jackwagon!



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 7:18 am
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Cutler takes beatings bc he is the biggest wimp in the league.  None of these 5 QBs mentioned can move like Vick.  Rapelisberger complained publicly after his nose was broken from Ngata too.  Pereira probably thought that was a clean hit too.



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 7:15 am
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Very professional Pereira.  You are a scumbag that takes the officials side every freakign weekend.  So tired of seeing your arrogant face on TV.



Since: Apr 8, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 6:43 am
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Pereira is the arrogant idiot who "explained"/defended the call on Calvin Johnson's catch against the Bears last year, essentially defending the theivery.  I think HE'S ridiculous... (fwiw)



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 5:30 am
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

“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.”
appartently, for a FOX analyst, this idiot must be trying to make a name for himself to direct his statement only at one team. If one team is doing it, then there is more. Fox is dumb haing this guy on payrole anyways, he doesn''t make the calls.



Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:58 am
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Mike Viock needs to S T F U.  For the last two years the Eagles have had the most roughing the passer calls go their way.  What more do they want?

That is directly from ESPN research done post Mike Vick comments.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 2:11 am
 

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

“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."

Mike Pereira, of course, retired in 2009, Vick's first year back, when he had like 2 pass attempts. Before then, maybe the Eagles were complaining because the calls were BS? It makes sense: Pereira presided over the rise of Brady-Manning Invisible Red Jersey Football, and McNabb (and now Vick) is just about the level of quarterback that would be indignant over the double standard.


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