Sporting a broken right hand after a tough loss to the Giants, Michael Vick vented some of his frustration against the referees. Vick believed the Giants should have been penalized for late hits throughout the game, especially on the play in which he was injured.
In fact, Vick argued that this has been a constant since the season began.
"That’s been the story for three weeks," Vick said. "Obviously, at some point something catastrophic is going to happen. And I broke my hand. Not to blame the refs or say that it was their fault... I just think more precaution should be taken when I’m inside the pocket. If you look at all those replays, I’m on the ground every time. It’s unfortunate for myself. It’s unfortunate for my team. I’d be lying here if I said I wasn’t frustrated right now, because of that."
Vick reiterated that he "absolutely" isn't getting the calls that other quarterbacks get.
"Every time I throw the ball I'm on the ground, getting hit in the head and I don't know why. I don't get the 15-yard flags like everyone else."
Some of the responsibility for keeping Vick healthy and off the ground goes to the offensive line, which needs to keep Vick clean -- penalties or not. But Vick wasn't blaming them. And he didn't want to blame the referees either. Vick said so repeatedly. He just wants "to make everybody aware and hopefully somebody will take notice."
"You all see it," Vick continued. "There’s no reason for me to go into a big dissertation about why I’m not getting the calls. The refs, they gotta do their job as well. I even mentioned it to the refs during training camp when we had our little meeting, you know, just for precaution’s sake."
We'll have to wait to see if the NFL does take any action. Vick will likely be out at least a couple weeks with that broken non-throwing hand.