Things weren't fantastic or outstanding at Marty Mornhinweg's press conference today, which is understandable given how last week went. But he did have an interesting response to this whole question of whether Michael Vick gets treated differently by the refs as far as getting hit goes.
He says he does, but doesn't necessarily think that's wrong.
"I think there have been a couple that very well could've been called. We've talked about this before, I have great experience with this with Brett Favre, Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, all are very, very active players. Active quarterbacks just don't get the calls, and that's the way it is and it's natural. Heck, if I was the referees, I would call it the same way. When you're moving and grooving, even in the pocket, you don't get those calls. Mike has got some calls. That's life and sometimes you don't get those things and things don't go your way. We've got to deal with that and that's part of the game. I've coached some active quarterbacks and it's always been the same there. There have been three or four a year that would have been called on a different style of quarterback, and you live with that when you play that style of football."
This seems to be the general point made by a few referees this week. While I certainly understand that when Vick runs out of the pocket or scrambles he turns himself into a runner and the rules are different. I just hope that refs aren't taking into account his ability to run when he is still in the pocket and getting hit...