Originally Posted by teegre
My brother turned to me, and asked, "Why does BB not get those calls!?!" The only thing I can think is that the refs think that BB is too big to be injured: "Oh... Ben can take it; he's big & tough." It is simply not right. ANY defender hitting a QB at the knees HAS to be flagged!!!
I do think the refs are reticent to throw flags when it comes to certain QBs because of their unique athletic ability. Vick, for example, gets lit up in the pocket frequently and I rarely see RTP flags thrown for him, his ability to escape and run downfield works against him in the regard. Same with Ben, who officials have seen shrug off dozens of would-be tacklers over the years. It's not fair but its just one of those things