Former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira, who is now FOX's NFL rules analyst, said he thinks Michael Vick's complaints about officials not throwing enough flags for personal fouls on late hits are bogus.
"I thought it was ridiculous," he told host Evan Cohen on SIRIUS Radio today. "It actually took me back to my job in New York when I worked for the league, and it was a constant complaint by the Eagles, whether it was [Donovan] McNabb at quarterback or whether it was Vick. They clearly complained more than any other team. And then I thought it was interesting to see stats that were presented by ESPN that showed that they got the most roughing the passer calls called for them on their behalf than any other team in the NFC East and, actually, they were the seventh best team in the league in terms of getting the calls."
Vick, who made the complaints after the Giants' win over Philadelphia on Sunday, backed off his remarks yesterday, saying he shouldn't have voiced his complaints publicly. Vick suffered a bruised hand in the game and was replaced in the fourth quarter by Mike Kafka. Vick is out on a day-to-day basis.
"It is difficult for me to sit back and look at that and say that there’s any validity to it," Pereira said. "He’s a quarterback that’s on the move, he’s going to get hit more. Yes, there are a couple that may be missed but the fact that a ton of them are missed and that he’s hit late all the time is absurd. And he comes out and kind of does the mea culpa yesterday but at the same time what did he say? ‘I was being too candid.’ Well, that doesn’t sound to me like much of an apology. And also the damage is done. I don’t want to be the referee that goes in there now next and works with him. If he calls a roughing the passer penalty for a hit on Vick everybody’s going to say, ‘Well, Vick taunted him into that.’ If he doesn’t [call it] there’s going to be more criticism. So I think it was a bunch of bull and it didn’t sit well with me and it still doesn’t.”