The quarterbacks in the league are protected a little more than the rest of the players in the league. Big name quarterbacks like Drew Brees might get more calls just because he is Drew Brees. It happens.
Carolina Panthers S Mike Mitchell is sick of it and he feels that Brees is soft and flops on some plays in order to draw some flags. Here he is talking about Brees getting hit by Ahmad Brooks:
“The thing that I hated about the play, the whole thing, and this is what these offensive guys are doing, they’re kind of running with it,” Mitchell said. “Drew Brees is throwing a fit in the post-game interview saying how he got hit in the chin and he was dazed, and all this other stuff. And it’s like, dude, the replay clearly shows he did not even touch you in the chin.
“Stop being soft, get up off the ground,” Mitchell said. “You fumbled the football, that’s why the only reason you were acting like you were hurt, is so you could draw a flag.”
“You saw the play with Drew Brees,” Mitchell said. “He did not get hit in the chin. He got hit hard, which he should have got hit hard because we are playing full speed tackle football. And he fumbled the football. And I think that’s really was the reason he was down so long. He was really trying to sell that and trying to get a flag. And obviously it worked, and their team was able to steal a win because of that play.” – AM 570 Radio
Soft. Those are fighting words.
He was right though. He didn’t get hit in the chin, but I don’t know about a flop. Brees was murdered on the play. He looked like he almost lost his head. Brooks should not have been fined on the play, but I don’t think Brees flopped.
Now, is he soft?