Does Drew Brees get special treatment?

October, 20, 2011
10/20/11
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Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made a very provocative statement in an interview with Jim Rome that involves New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees.

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Roethlisberger claimed that officials go out of their way to protect certain quarterbacks from injury and said Brees is one of them.

"I think in part because the league doesn't want certain games to be played without certain quarterbacks," Roethlisberger said. "No offense to the other Patriots, but who's going to watch the Patriots without Tom Brady and the Saints without Drew Brees? That's the way it is. They want to protect those guys because they are the marquee guys of this league, and you don't want them to get hurt."

Roethlisberger was asked if the league speaks to officials about protecting certain quarterbacks.

"That's a good question," he said. "I think they know who are the marquee guys and they want to protect them."

In the four seasons we've had the NFC South Blog I can’t recall any instances of Brees getting anything I thought was preferential treatment from officials. In fact, I don’t recall seeing him take a lot of hits. I’ve always thought that’s because he’s got a good offensive line and does a great job of getting rid of the ball quickly.

But Roethlisberger has a different perspective. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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