Vick: 'Refs have got to do their jobs'
September, 25, 2011
By Dan Graziano | ESPN.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Vick wore a pack of ice with a bandage wrapped around it on his right hand, and as the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback sat behind the microphone in the wake of his team's 29-16 loss to the New York Giants, he was furious.
"Looking at the replays, I'm on the ground every time, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't frustrated," Vick said. "The refs have got to do their jobs. And I mentioned it to the refs in training camp when I talked to them. I'm on the ground constantly, all the time. Every time I throw the ball, I'm on the ground. And I don't know why I don't get the 15-yard flags like everybody else does."
Vick's right hand -- his non-throwing hand -- is broken as a result of a hit he took in Sunday's game. It happened at the tail end of a play on which he hit receiver Jeremy Maclin with his best pass of the day -- a 23-yard catch that moved the Eagles deep into Giants territory. Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty hit Vick as he threw it. Andy Reid said Vick's hands were up around his head, and Reid surmised that Vick may have been trying to protect his head in the wake of the concussion that knocked him out of last week's game in Atlanta. Vick said that didn't matter -- that the hit was late and should have been called as such.
"I'm not blaming the officials," Vick said shortly after and before more quotes that seemed to do just that. "I'm not going to sit here and complain about the officials. I'm just going to talk about it and hope somebody takes notice."
Vick had X-rays on his hand and actually returned to the game for one series. But he said his hand swelled up too much during the ensuing Giants possession to allow him to return and takes snaps from the center.
"I don't know if I'm going to be able to play next week," Vick said.
Mike Kafka replaced Vick, as he did last Sunday in Atlanta. It's unclear whether Kafka or Vince Young would start in Vick's place if he's unable to play next week against the 49ers.