Michael Vick and the Most Visibly Frustrated Players in the NFL
Just like any other NFL season, there are several frustrated NFL stars.
There have been none more frustrated than Mike Vick, one of the most electrifying athletes to ever play in the NFL. Ranging from injuries, to referees and his team's performance, Vick has not shied away from any public comments.
Including Mike Vick, here are the three most visibly frustrated players in the NFL ...
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Mike Vick might be the angriest man in the NFL right now.
Following each game en route to the Eagles' 1-4 start, Vick has aired some frustration.
Following a Week 1 shellacking of the Rams, Mike Vick's game against the Falcons in prime time ended early as he was tackled into his own lineman and his head lashed back awkwardly.
His backup that game (Vince Young was inactive), Mike Kafka, told reporters, "I know Mike is upset about (not finishing). When you're hit like that, you can't do anything about it. It's out of his control."
The disappointment was there as the Eagles ended up losing and Vick didn't finish the game against the team that drafted him and made him the center of their franchise until Vick was imprisoned.
After losing to the Giants in Week 3, the Eagles' superstar once again vented to the media about the amount of late hits he's receiving and the lack of flags accompanying those late hits.
On the play Vick hurt his non-throwing hand he felt he was hit late, going as far as saying that he doesn't get the calls that other quarterbacks do and that he'd be "lying if [he] wasn't frustrated right now because of that."
Week 4 came and went with another loss for Philadelphia after blowing a 23-3 lead to the 49ers, prompting Vick to say, "The dream team thing is over."
In hindsight, the "dream team" label never should have been brought up by Vince Young in the first place, considering the reigning Super Bowl champions were still around.
Philly's losing streak extended to four games after a valiant comeback that fell short against the Bills in Week 5.
Vick threw for 300-plus yards, rushed for 90 yards and threw for two TDs. But was picked off four times in what was another frustrating day for the Eagles and Vick.
For as positive as Vick has tried being after these games, the frustration is clearly mounting and it's panic time in Philadelphia as no one knows where to point fingers.
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Peyton Hillis is another player on this list that has not been shy about taking his frustrations to the media, and even his own team.
The debacle between the Browns and Hillis began after Hillis sat out Cleveland's game against Miami due to strep throat.
Did he have strep throat? Yes, but sitting out may have also been a calling to the Browns to get his contract dealt with or distractions would continue to loom in Cleveland.
Following the Browns' game against Miami, Hillis told reporters, "You feel under-appreciated 'cause you want to get (your contract extension) done and (nothing has) gotten done at this point," adding that he has "no regrets" about the decision.
Though terms of the potential deal are not being disclosed, Hillis has been vocal about the desire to stay in Cleveland, but is having doubts about that future as late as today. Hillis told ESPN, "Whenever something's not set in stone, then I guess anything is possible, which means your career's not here," he said. "So, yeah, that definitely worries me."
The big question now is whether the ongoing contract negotiations and frustrations on the part of Hillis will affect how he plays this coming week against Oakland.
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Cedric Benson has been unhappy for a number of reasons and has not been shy to voice his frustrations.
He has been unhappy with the handling of his possible suspension stemming from an offseason assault in Austin, Texas.
He feels that due to the lockout, he should not have to face that suspension and his frustrations may be growing daily as a decision by commissioner Roger Goodell may not come until next week.
Benson also made headlines last week as he voiced his displeasure regarding the Bengals' offense under Jay Gruden. According to AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley, Benson is frustrated about the number of times Bernard Scott is rotated in on offense and the amount of passing plays on first down.
Benson told the Cincinnati Enquirer, "Often times you want to express how you feel about something but sometimes people don’t want to receive it the right way or how they receive it could be confusing or cause some conflict ...There’s guys who make those calls who put us in a position to win.”
Jay Gruden is not going to get in a war of words with Benson, and understands his frustrations, but feels that [Benson] needs to channel his emotions and understand that the coaches are just doing what they need to do to win the game, whether or not Benson gets a lot of touches.
Anyone want to enlighten me as to why Benson feels the need to voice his displeasure for the offense? He was second in the league in carries last week and nothing has changed following Week 5.