In a week when Michael Vick’s complaints about the officiating turned into one of the NFL’s biggest stories, there have been some interesting comments from league observers pushing back at such complaints.
We previously noted that former head of officiating Mike Pereira called Vick’s complaints “a bunch of bull.” And we should also pass along some comments from Mike Mayock on the Rich Eisen Podcast — comments that we know a lot of members of PFT Planet will agree with.
Asked for his reaction to Vick saying he doesn’t get the calls, Mayock answered, “Just tired of the quarterbacks complaining in general.”
Mayock then made a good point about what it’s like to play quarterback in the NFL, compared to what it has been like to play quarterback throughout NFL history.
“I mean Tom Brady begging, Michael Vick begging,” Mayock said. “I mean, you guys have it easier than quarterbacks at any time in the history of the NFL. You get paid more. Just be quiet and play hard.”
Those comments mesh with a lot of the comments we hear from NFL fans: It’s one thing for the league office to take new steps to protect quarterbacks from injuries. It’s quite another for all those steps to be taken and quarterbacks to still complain.