Michael Vick seems to be backing away from his criticism of officials for not protecting him in Sunday’s loss to the Giants. The Giants never agreed with his assessment anyway.
“He has a case with his team,” Mathias Kiwanuks said. “I think they have to figure out a way to get better schematics to deal with that.”
Kiwanuka was referring to the Eagles’ blocking in front of Vick. But he also made a good point. Vick’s ability to gain yards as a runner forces teams defending teams to treat him like a ballcarrier and not a quarterback.
“I just feel like it’s a double-edged sword,” he said of Vick’s unparalleled athleticism at quarterback. “That’s one of their greatest weapons and it’s also one of their greatest downfalls, the fact he is such a good runner and does put it away so fast and people can get to him.
“I understand his frustration,” Kiwanuka added. “Nobody wants to get hit that many times. I just feel like if you’re going to be the kind of guy who’s going to be able to tuck the ball and run, once you put the ball away, they can’t protect you as a quarterback anymore. You give that right up. If he’s going to stay in the pocket and just pass the ball, then he’d have an argument. But once you put that ball away …”