While Saints quarterback Drew Brees has not complained about the hits he has been taking, last week against the Houston Texans, Brees took a couple of shots that could be considered late or at least very questionable.
One hit in particular, when Houston’s Kareem Jackson speared him after a short run. That type of hit in most games would have drawn a flag for unessassary roughness, or worse leading with the helmet — punishable by a 15 yard penalty.
There was another instance where one of Houston’s defensive linemen grabbed Brees facemask, turning his head although no penalty was called.
I bring this issue up because recently Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Michael Vick complained about not getting calls after what he felt were late hits, while other top tier quarterbacks in the league are “untouchable” in the eyes of refs.
The only thing different was that during the Saints post game interviews, Brees called it a fair hit.
Quarterback’s in this league have to have their head on a swivel and know how to read a defense quickly to be able to prevent hits of a questionable nature.
With that being said, it is obviously something Michael Vick still needs to work on.
Brees know’s what to do and he still takes some late hits himself from time to time.
It’s all part of the game, it happens every week in the NFL, and maybe Vick should go back to being a running quarterback again.
At least he would able to avoid most of the hits that he takes by out running most of the defenders that he faces each week.
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