Philadelphia Eagles' Head Coach Andy Reid Bothered by Late Hits on Quarterback Michael Vick; Will the League Protect Vick Like Brady and Manning?

By Bryn Swartz

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After seeing the number of hits Michael Vick took in yesterday’s game, particularly hits that Reid thought should have warrented a penalty, the Eagles’ head coach has expressed his annoyance.

“That bothers me, that bothers me. He runs, but he is a quarterback, so you can’t treat him like a running back. It concerns me,” Reid said, adding, “I’ll deal with the people I need to on that.”

When asked if he had filed a complaint with the league, Reid told Paolantonio, “I can’t say anything.”

“I’m used to taking hits. It’s not that bad,” Vick said after the game. “If I take one and I lay down, then I took a good one. But I’m a pretty tough guy. I bounce back when I can. There’s no science to getting hit, or protecting yourself.”

The NFL seems to take extreme measures to protect its elite quarterbacks, such as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

After the Colts lost the 2003 AFC championship game to the Patriots, they complained that their wide receivers were harrassed all game by the Patriots’ defenders.

The league instituted a new rule concering illegal contact, and Manning set an NFL record with 49 touchdowns the next season.

When Tom Brady tore his ACL on a low hit in 2008, the NFL changed the rules protecting quarterbacks from hits below the knee.

Favoritism. It’s worked for both Manning and Brady.

Now it’s time to protect Vick. Yeah, he runs also, so he’s different than Brady and Manning, but the league should treat all of its quarterbacks the same.

It doesn’t, so then let’s reward the superstars, like Vick, and call late hits.

Vick led the Eagles to a fourth quarter comeback yesterday, as they defeated the Houston Texans 34-24. he threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third.

Vick improved to 6-1 in complete game starts for the season.

The Eagles sit atop the NFC East with an 8-4 record. They have nine more days to prepare for their first matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.

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