Like him or not, Michael Vick seems to be a lightning rod for controversy.  Now Vick is in a pickle again.

In the Philadelphia Eagles’ 29-16 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, Vick sustained yet another injury that could cost him weeks on the bench. This time, he broke a bone in his hand when Giants defensive end Chris Canty hit him in the backfield following a pass.  It was nothing unusual, a hit Vick has sustained several times over his career.  This time though, not only did he break his hand but he broke his silence on how he feels he is being treated by NFL Officials.

Vick expressed frustration with the referees.  The Philly QB felt the hit should have been a personal foul, which was never called on the play.  Most would take the comments with a grain of salt until you find out the official was Jeff Triplett.  An official with perhaps the worst grading in the league and the instigator of many NFL problems over the years.

Penalty or not on the play, Vick would still have a broken hand.  However what is causing Vick and the Eagles coaching staff concern now is the lack of penalty flags flowing in their direction.

This is an age where the NFL wants to “protect the quarterback”.  They have made this, along with the kickoff rule, their number one priority.  We have seen flags on much less than Vick received, yet the best Triplett could do was lend a helping hand to Vick to pick him off the turf.

Vick spoke after the game about the lack of protection he is receiving from the officials around the league.

“I was trying to protect myself, still didn’t get a flag and that’s pretty much been the story for the last three weeks. I mean, obviously at some point something catastrophic is going to happen and I broke my hand.”

Vick went on to express his displeasure.

“Looking at the replays, I’m on the ground every time, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t frustrated.  The refs have got to do their jobs. And I mentioned it to the refs in training camp when I talked to them. I’m on the ground constantly, all the time. Every time I throw the ball, I’m on the ground. And I don’t know why I don’t get the 15-yard flags like everybody else does.”

Many blame it on the type of quarterback Vick is, a runner.  That once he gets out of the pocket he is fair game and treated as a running back.  However it isn’t the hits outside the pocket Vick is upset over.  Plus it isn’t just the quarterback hits the officials are taking a beating over.

The NFL has instituted so many rules, Roughing the Passer being just one of them, which fans are growing tired of the amount of yellow flags on the field.  Excessive Celebration flags, Phantom Holding, Hitting a defenseless receiver.  If the league isn’t careful, they will “rule themselves” out of many fans interest level.

Fans want football, not a modified version of flag football.  And the NFL is leaning more and more to that level.

Vick is helping push it there.


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