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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: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 2:05 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Pereira was always known for controversy when he was a referees and this latest incident is not surprising. We know that referees and umpres are incompetent and are greatly offended when fans and players point out the mistakes they make that affect the outcome of a game or a player's safety. This is very interesting considering that Mr. Roger Goodell has said that he wants to do everything he can to protect the health of his players. I take it the referees never got THAT memo!

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 2:01 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Patriot I don't know what you do for a living but I would bet you showing up to work does not create millions of dollars in ticket sales and sports swag revenues. Vick has paid his dues and the Eagle's and the NFL understand all too well just how profitable Vick IS to the NFL brand. If Vick were not an exceptional talent  and the NFL and Eagles allowed him to play you would have a point. AS it stands your misunderstanding of the reality that pro football is a business is obvious. Unlike every other sport players in the NFL must CONSISTENTLY produce or they are sent packing. No one is doing Vick any favors he's earned his contract and his position as an elite NFL QB. If it's any concellation the average age of death for a pro football player is 58 years old.  Whatever Vick is getting he's earning and will in all likelihood die an early death as a result of the violent nature of professional football. Stop being such a hater and making such dumbass comparisons that a schlub is at the same level as a top tier professional athlete. Your argument is ridiculous.

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:58 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Michael Vick's comments are CRAZY!  When he IS in the pocket, his azz should be on the GROUND--lol.  Every QB in the NFL gets that treatment.  The Philly philosophy has always been to stick-in there first and THEN scramble.  Vick's previous experiences outside of Philly was a 3 second wait and then scramble/run.  He was ALWAYS protected in that fashion because he ran out of the pocket--lol.

He's now a leader of team that plays in the NFC East where teams blitz (his own team included) on every other down.  The Eagles want him to stay in the pocket as an offensive game plan.  Vick is going to have to get used to being hit often with that game plan.  Welcome to the NFC East, Biych!

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:46 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

I think Vick did what was necessary by calling out the refs and indirectly calling out his OC. The several examples being made comparing Vick to other Qb's is what is nonsense. Everybody and I mean everybody on planet EARTH knows Big Ben holds the ball longer than just about anyone else. It is well known that he is sacked and hit often as a result. Vick is the most mobile quarterback in the NFL. Vick is capable of breaking a long run at any time and because he is defenses often sell out blitz. See Giants D. The idea that Tom Brady draws a flag almost routinely IS proof enough that the refs call the game differently for different players.  Vick is very hard to officiate because his mobility places pass rushers in a do or die sell out mentality. The rules are the rules and the refs need to be more consistent. Once the ball is released defenders do not have the right to continuation. The refs are giving the Defenders the benefit of the doubt instead of protecting all qb's equally.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:36 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

I think that Pereira is right this time.  The obvious reason is just count the number of calls Vick has gotten not even playing a season.  I am a Colts fans and have watched nearly every play of every game of theirs for sometime and it could be argued that Manning gets hit, knocked down, slapped, you name it where it is not called.  And no doubt he gets the call at times too.  It works both ways for everyone in the league.  The real injustice in all of this is that the officiating is horrendous, if not ridiculous.  The refs are so freaking inconsistent it needs to be addressed immediately.  The NFL is to stubborn to admit it is a problem and to much is at stake not to care.  I do not think the games are really fixed but if years down the road a ref got busted, like the NBA dude, I would say "I knew it!". 
What totally scares me and only strengthens my beliefs is that they cant even get replays right. It is amazing how easy it is to see the right call while you drink beer sitting on your couch watching any color TV in usually one or two looks, occasionally three, with your old lady talking the entire time.  Yet these dipshitz make it into what seems to be a guessing game.  Go look under the hood while fans see it on the jumbo tron and thier flat screens.  Dont get me wrong, I am sure being a ref is a tough gig, but the replay booth cannot be this difficult and definately should not be a crapshoot. "Pereira calls  Vick's comments on refs ridiculous" should be the story here.

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Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:32 am
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Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:10 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

"Running or standing in the pocket, Vick is getting hit after he releases the ball. That's a penalty according to the rules. Call the damn penalties. That's all he's asking."

Plenty of QBs get hit after releasing the ball... Maybe he should stop crying about it, and the Eagles work on their pass protection?

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:27 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

You do realize that the 'cheesehead' was created from Illinois fans trying to make fun of Packer fans.  So everytime you think you are insulting us with cheese comments you are, in essence, insulting yourself because we have now turned it into an icon for your ignorance and superficiality.  By the way, I had fun watching that NFC championship game last year where the Packers took the Halas Trophy in the bears own stadium.  The beatdown they gave the bears this year was just dessert.

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:21 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

I am surprised that anyone would expect Mr. Pereira to say anything else. 

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:10 am

Pereira calls Vick's comments on refs ridiculous

Uh oh here is the idiot packers fan that can't understand that I did not blame the refs for them loosing. Can you pin point where I said that because I sure can not. I just said it was a terrible call. Apparantly the packers fan rides the short bus with a hunk of cheese in his pocket.

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