Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Vick's Many Hits Make "Roughing the Passer" Tough

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Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Vick's Many Hits Make
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Michael Vick made more waves in the media than usual after injuring his hand in the Philadelphia Eagles' Week 3 loss to the New York Giants.

This time, though, the story wasn't the usual controversy surrounding his hot-footed reputation or his statistics, but Vick's own assessment of his pass protection and the referees.

"Every time I throw the ball, in all of my highlights and just watching film in general, every time I throw the ball I'm on the ground," Vick noted.

"[I'm] getting hit in the head and I don't know why," he said.

"I don't get the 15-yard flags like everybody else do. [sic] But hey, I'm not going to complain about it. I'm just making everybody aware of it. Hopefully, somebody will take notice."

Whether you believe Vick is discriminated against or not—the man himself recently backed off the issue—it's hard to argue that he doesn't get hit. Philadelphia's .240 PASH translates to a knock almost once every four dropbacks.

And whether that's Vick's fault for pushing the concept of a "pocket" to the extreme with his mobility, or an indictment of his retooled offensive line, it means those hits are less likely to stand out.

While elite quarterbacks like Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers (.111 PASH) and New England's Tom Brady (.103) stay upright so often that we notice every grass stain on their jerseys, the sight of Michael Vick peeling himself off the turf seems almost normal.

Out of all that contact with the defense, it's tough picking one bump to call "roughing."

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