Report: Eagles asking NFL to protect Vick

December, 3, 2010
12/03/10
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is taking so many hits that his team is preparing to put the league on notice, according to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio. In consecutive games against the Giants, Bears and Texans, Vick has taken a ton of punishment -- and coach Andy Reid has seen enough.

"That bothers me, that bothers me. He runs, but he is a quarterback, so you can't treat him like a running back. It concerns me," Reid said, adding, "I'll deal with the people I need to on that."

Asked if he'd filed a complaint with the league, Reid told Paolantonio, "I can't say anything."

Reid told reporters Friday that he believes officials treat Vick like a running back instead of a quarterback. He took several hits last night, but part of that blame should go to Reid and his offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Even when the Eagles had a 14-point lead in the first half, they refused to run the ball consistently. And that's when the Texans started teeing off on Vick.

It's sort of common sense that a quarterback who's known for taking off downfield is going to take more punishment. I didn't think the Texans were particularly dirty, but you guys might feel differently. For now, I'd advise Reid to either run the ball more or have his offensive line do a better job protecting his quarterback.

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