After injuring his hand Sunday, one week after suffering a concussion, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick vented about officials in the postgame press conference, saying, “More precautions should be taken when I’m inside the pocket. … I don’t know why I don’t get the 15-yard flags like everybody else do.” Does Vick have a point or was this just frustration talking?
Sorry, Mikey, but the defensive players are still allowed to hit you. Don’t just take my word for it. Check out a Bears game and see how many shots Jay Cutler takes. Everyone’s not as lucky as Tom Brady, who gets to stand in the pocket flatfooted until he finds a wide receiver who strikes his fancy.
Besides, hanging in the pocket all day ain’t your bag — you’re also a tremendous threat with your legs. On behalf of Andy Reid and Eagles fans everywhere, that’s great … but you’ve gotta expect that defensive players — who are big, fast and paid handsomely to hit you — are gonna do their best to stop you from doing so.
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