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Reid: Officials not protecting Vick

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10:00 AM ET 12.04 | Andy Reid has seen his starting quarterback take a beating recently, and both he and Michael Vick made it clear Friday that they think some of the hits have crossed the line, even though they have not drawn a penalty flag. "It bothers me," Reid said when a reporter asked about some of the big shots Vick has absorbed. "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." Vick, who had a sore quadriceps Friday after getting hammered by the Texans on Thursday night, said he is not getting the same protection as other quarterbacks.

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Michael Vick, AP Michael Vick, AP
December 4, 2010  10:04 AM ET

Ok.....

December 4, 2010  10:12 AM ET

Must be that the Refs are dog owners.

December 4, 2010  10:14 AM ET

When he runs he's a runner and should get the same shots a running back gets, and when he's in the pocket he's a running threat and needs to be put down, not held up!

December 4, 2010  10:16 AM ET

In other words, Vick and Reid want it both ways. When Vick is a RB, still treat him like a QB?? Sorry. If he doesn't go sliding feet-first, kill him.

December 4, 2010  10:25 AM ET

Welcome to Joe Flacco's world, Vick.

December 4, 2010  10:26 AM ET

Waaaaahhhh. If you want to run with the ball, take the hits you pansy. Once you are past the LOS running with the ball, you are no longer a pocket QB protected by extra rules (unless you slide to avoid contact). This isn't college at VT playing against defenses with maybe 1 or 2 NFL caliber athletes - there are 11 huge, fast guys who would like nothing better than to knock you out of the game. So if you don't want contact, stay in the pocket and pass like a big boy.

December 4, 2010  10:31 AM ET

Give us all a break Andy. When you hold the ball as long as he does you are going to get hit. All QBs get hit. Jeesh.

December 4, 2010  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Welcome to Joe Flacco's world, Vick.

And all the other QBs out there. Reid is just posturing to get a few calls.

December 4, 2010  10:36 AM ET

The dog days of Michael Vick.

December 4, 2010  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

And all the other QBs out there. Reid is just posturing to get a few calls.

Straight out of the Phil Jackson school of subliminal messaging...

December 4, 2010  11:11 AM ET

You run, you die. Thats how you play the game. As for the hits he takes in the pocket, dont hold the damb ball so long.

December 4, 2010  11:11 AM ET

Of course Reid is right. Vick constantly gets hit while he's in the pocket AFTER he has gotten rid of the ball. Time and agin. The Texans even hit Vick in the helmet or pulled his face-mask at least twice and in plain view without a flag. Schaub had his shoe laces breathed on by Trent Cole and Cole was flagged for roughing. Either the rules apply for protecting quarterbacks or they don't. It makes no difference whether one quarterback has a better arm or has better legs than another as far as protection is concerned.

This has nothing to do with Vick running after he's beyond the line of scrimmage.

December 4, 2010  11:16 AM ET

Shut up and play ball!! Vick deserves no special treatment!

December 4, 2010  11:20 AM ET

I'd like to see how fast Vick could run if there were 5 hungry pit bulls chasing him instead of a linebacker

December 4, 2010  11:20 AM ET

This is why most teams don't want a running quarterback. When you run, you get hit.

December 4, 2010  11:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Shut up and play ball!! Vick deserves no special treatment!

Nor any special punishment.

If opposing defenses can hit Vick after getting rid of the ball behind the line of scrimmage then the Eagles' defense should be allowed to hit opposing quarterbacks with equal freedom, yes?

December 4, 2010  11:24 AM ET

I agree. I was thinking the same thing on Thursday night.

Kind of goes hand-in-hand with the articles claiming Tom Brady and Peyton Manning get special treatment. If Brady gets hit after throwing the ball, you know there's going to be a flag. If Vick gets hit after throwing the ball (I said throwing, not running)... it's fair game. Double standard.

December 4, 2010  11:26 AM ET

If Vick pulls the ball down, and starts scrambling, he becomes a runningback. In that scenario, it's fine to not throw a flag.

If Vick has already thrown the ball, and gets hit late. How is that not roughing the passer?

December 4, 2010  11:28 AM ET

Let's all stroll on down to mamby pamby land and find our self confidence you Jack Wad..............Tissue?

 
December 4, 2010  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

If Vick pulls the ball down, and starts scrambling, he becomes a runningback. In that scenario, it's fine to not throw a flag.If Vick has already thrown the ball, and gets hit late. How is that not roughing the passer?

Because he's a dog killer.

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