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Giants defend their hits on Vick

The New York Giants don’t agree with Michael Vick’s notion that he takes a lot of hits that should be flagged as illegal.

Vick injured his non-throwing right hand after defensive tackle Chris Canty hit the Eagles quarterback right after he released a pass for Jeremy Maclin in the third quarter.

Vick vented to reporters after the 29-16 loss to the Giants about how referees weren’t calling enough roughing the passer penalties.

On Monday, Vick said he respected officials and did not want to complain anymore.

"He’s entitled to his opinion," Canty said when asked about Vick’s postgame comments. "Obviously he has been real banged up so I can understand where he’s coming from."

"I didn’t think there was anything wrong with the hit when it took place and I didn’t think there was anything wrong with the hit after looking at it again today," he continued. "It is unfortunate that he got injured. We are not out there trying to injure anybody. We are all competitors and competing at the highest level. We have to go out there and play hard."

Head coach Tom Coughlin pointed out that his own quarterback, Eli Manning, took an illegal hit as well.

"You got to say it goes on both sides of the ball," Coughlin said when asked about Vick's comments. "It just happens. The game is so fast. Our quarterback had kind of a flagrant facemask penalty that no one saw. I just think it is part of the game. There might have been a glancing blow at one time but I couldn’t verify it, I can't tell on film."

Linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka said Vick's ability to run doesn't help his cause with officials.

"I understand his frustration," Kiwanuka said. "Nobody wants to get hit that many times. I just feel like if you’re going to be the kind of guy who’s going to be able to tuck the ball and run, once you put the ball away [the officials] can’t protect you as a quarterback anymore. You have to give that right up. If he’s going to stand in the pocket and continue to just pass the ball then he would have an argument. Once you put that ball away you’re surrendering [that right]."

When asked if Vick has a case against referees for not getting as many flags as other quarterbacks, Kiwanuka said Vick may want to look for solutions from the Eagles first.

"I think he has a case with his team," Kiwanuka said. "I think they have to figure out a way to get better schematics to deal with that. It’s a double-edged sword. That’s one of their greatest weapons, but that’s also one of their greatest downfalls is the fact that he is such a good runner and he does put it away so fast and people can get to him."

"I feel like if he’s standing in the pocket, as a defensive player it’s tough to be able to get a legal hit on a guy so we always feel like [the officials] overprotect the quarterback," Kiwanuka added. "If he’s just standing in the pocket, he doesn’t tuck the ball away at all, I feel like he’s going to get that call nine times out of 10. It’s hard to make that distinction of when he actually puts it away and becomes a runner and when he’s standing there."