Over the offseason, Andy Reid and the Eagles made it perfectly clear that they wanted Michael Vick to play more from the pocket in an effort to avoid injuries. With the way the first three weeks of the season have gone, it might be a good idea for Reid and the Philly coaching staff to unleash Vick again and let him run wild.
Vick is obviously not safe in the pocket, as evidenced by his concussion last week and the broken right hand he suffered against the Giants on Sunday. Following the loss to New York, Vick expressed frustration with the officiating that the Eagles have dealt with and talked his way into a certain fine from Roger Goodell.
“After such a great play I felt like I got hit late,” Vick said when asked about his injury. “There’s no flag. Broke my hand. That’s it.”
That was far from it.
“It really don’t matter where it was at,” Vick said. “I was trying to protect myself. Still didn’t get a flag. That’s pretty much the story for the last three weeks. Obviously, at some point something catastrophic is going to happen and I broke my hand.
“Not to blame the refs or say it was their fault. It’s just one of those unfortunate situations. I just think more precaution should be taken when I’m inside the pocket. If you look at all the replays I’m on the ground every time. It’s unfortunate for myself, it’s unfortunate for my team and I’ll be lying if I said I wasn’t frustrated right now because of that.”
Remember NFL officials, he’s saying with all due respect. That means he can say whatever he wants, right? When Vick was asked if he thought other quarterbacks were getting calls he wasn’t getting he told reporters he “absolutely” thought that was the case. Perhaps he should blame his offensive line instead.
Fantasy owners everywhere are cringing — especially those of us who took the Matthew Berry approach to fantasy failure in 2011.
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