The Philadelphia Eagles have been complaining about the hits Michael Vick has taken. It’s abuse, really. But do defenses look to crush Michael Vick because he’s a criminal dog-murderer, or because he’s the quarterback and defenses like to to get to the quarterback?
“It bothers me,” coach and part walrus Andy Reid said responding to a reporter ask. “He does run, but he’s still the quarterback . . . you can’t treat him like he’s a running back there. That’s not what the rules state.”
Andy Reid would teach Vick how to act like a quarterback and slide at the end of runs, but he wants #7 to get the yards.
Vick himself said, “Every time I get hit, I look up at the ref and I see no flag. And I see other quarterbacks standing in the pocket — the minute they get touched there’s a flag on the field.”
Michael Vick, he’s a proportionment of people being treated fairly. Was this his attitude in jail? If so, he should be very used to hits.
Football is a physical, tough sport, as viewers are reminded of by commentators every game. Vick makes himself vulnerable to the defense by running around with the ball for yards and/or to buy time to assess his options. He’s not taking the snap, quickly passing the ball and getting smacked. Defenses facing Vick have had time to get to him.
The whole thing is a cry to the officials for penalty flags. It’s weak. The NFL protects the quarterback plenty. Furthermore, the benefits of an aggressive running quarterback come at the cost of risking the quarterback’s health when he’d rather try to break a tackle then slide at the end of a run.