Were Michael Vick, Tony Romo Injuries Really Due to Bad Pass Protection?

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Were Michael Vick, Tony Romo Injuries Really Due to Bad Pass Protection?
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After Week 2, add the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys to the growing list of teams who understand that a hit on the quarterback is a big deal, whether he has the ball or not.

At present, Tony Romo intends to suit up for Dallas' Week 3 tilt against the Washington Redskins, despite breaking a pair of ribs and suffering a punctured lung in the Cowboys' 27-24 overtime win at San Francisco last week.

But in Philadelphia, Michael Vick's status for the next few weeks is still up in the air. Vick suffered a concussion in the Eagles' loss to the Atlanta Falcons when, while getting tackled by blitzing safety William Moore, he caught a faceful of overmatched right tackle Todd Herremans.

Both quarterbacks have well-earned reputations for making plays outside the pocket, but both were hurt while making the traditionally "smart" decision to stand and deliver after a quick drop-back.

Our knee-jerk reaction has been to flunk their protection in the weekly review. Taking a deeper statistical look, though, reveals that the Cowboys' and Eagles' pockets, in relation to the rest of the NFL, were more unlucky than truly dangerous places to be last Sunday.

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