Former NFL VP of Officiating and current Fox Sports analyst Mike Pereira has looked into Michael Vick’s claim that the officials give other quarterbacks special treatment by calling more “roughing the passer” penalties for other QBs and not him. Relating that to the Patriots, opposing defenses, namely the Baltimore Ravens, have complained in the past that Tom Brady gets more “roughing the passer” penalties called than other QBs. What Pereira found was interesting, and doesn’t support Vick’s or the Ravens’ claims.
Here is what Pereira said about Brady and that other pocket passer, Peyton Manning, or something like that :
What about Tom Brady and Peyton Manning? Let me look down the list, although it might take me a while since they both are way down there. Brady does get more protection than Manning, that’s for sure. Brady has drawn 0.16 roughing the passer calls per 100 attempts compared to 0.15 for Manning. That, for Brady, is one call in every 625 pass attempts, while for Manning it is one call for every 679 attempts.
You can check out the full list here, and see how many QBs (it’s quite a few, Vick included) are ahead of Brady.