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NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Posted on: September 19, 2011 6:03 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2011 10:01 am
Posted by Will Brinson

On Sunday night, Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson repeated history by smashing Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin with a helmet-to-helmet hit that reminded everyone of a similar shot he dropped on Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson in 2010.

Robinson was fined $40,000 by the NFL on Monday for violation of Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9 (a) (2) of the NFL's official playing rules (you probably know it as the "defenseless receiver rule").

"It is a foul if a player initiates unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture," the rule reads.

He was also alerted by NFL VP of Football Operations Merton Hanks that any future violations of player safety rules would result in a suspension.

"Future offenses will result in an escalation of fines up to and including suspension," Hanks wrote to Robinson in a letter.  Roger Goodell was informed of the decision, and said "we felt this was the appropriate discipline."

The $40,000 is the minimum fine available to repeat offenders -- Robinson classifies, per the NFL, because of his hit on Jackson in 2010. At that time, Robinson was fined $50,000, but that fine was later reduced to $25,000.

"Robinson hit was violation because Maclin was defenseless by rule-had 'not had time to protect himself or has not clearly become a runner,'" NFL VP of Communications Greg Aiello tweeted Monday.

Our own Pete Prisco, who was on the scene for the Falcons-Eagles tilt -- notes that the "Falcons didn't feel it was cheap." Atlanta head coach Mike Smith said following Sunday night's game that he believed the hit was legal and "that's the way we teach it."
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"My opinion didn't change," Smith reiterated Monday.

If Robinson does appeal, his case will be heard by ex-NFL coaches Art Shell and Ted Cottrell and must be heard by the second Tuesday.

I wrote this morning that Robinson should be suspended by the NFL, and I still feel that way. He flagrantly went head-hunting on Maclin, and both players are lucky that the Eagles wideout didn't sustain a serious injury.

"Player safety is a priority and we will not relent on it," NFL VP of Football Operations Ray Anderson said over the summer. "Let me make it very clear, particularly in regard to repeat offenders, that egregious acts will be subject to suspension. We will not feel the need to hesitate in this regard."

Had the hit on Maclin resulted in the wideout being carted off the field (a la Austin Collie), would Robinson have been suspended? My guess -- which is, admittedly, a morbid hypothetical -- is that Robinson wouldn't be suiting up for the Falcons next game.

And that's a scary thought because it means the league remains reactive -- rather than proactive -- when it comes to player safety.

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Since: Aug 6, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:48 am

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

If they are fining him for hitting a "defenseless receiver", it is complete BS.  Fine him for helmet-to-helmet contact, headhunting or whatever you want to call it, but the defenseless receiver crap needs to go away.  The sissification of the league has never been more evident than these first two weeks.  When Chad Henne is throwing for 400+ yds, something is wrong.  Defenses can't do anything to discourage throwing passes over the middle.  Defenses pretty much have to ask permission to tackle a receiver and qb. 

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:30 am

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

"However, some of these players who have the reputation of repeating these 'intentional" hits, should eventually be banned from the game. Trying to maime another player, for the sake of applause from your fans is sick."

  AMEN! It's as if no one knows how to wrap a guy up anymore and actually TACKLE! Worst part is they teach IMPROPER tackling techiques to kids now from an early age so by the time they get to the NFL it's a bad habbit!!!

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:22 am

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

I was beginning to agree with everything you were saying in your post util you got to the point where you say "almost no one cuts their own grass anymore..."  Umm where do you live? assisted living? I have lives in several different neighborhoods and id say 95+ percent of the people mow their own lawns except some elderly. Sounds like you make rash conclusions from narrow observation

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:17 am

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

We will always hear from the tailgaters, or homer fans of the guy who initiated the helmet to helmet hit, that the NFL and the fans that resent those hits, are attempting  to ruin football and make it a sissy game. There is nothing wrong with a good clean hit and hard nosed football. In fact most of great linebackers of today like Ray Lewis, hit hard, but are not guilty of intentional helmet to helmet hits. Sometimes these hits can't be avoided and thats understandable. With today's technology and all the cameras used during a game, its easy to see if a hit is intentional or not. The penalties imposed should reflect that. However, some of these players who have the reputation of repeating these 'intentional" hits, should eventually be banned from the game. Trying to maime another player, for the sake of applause from your fans is sick. And so are the moron fans that support this.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:15 am

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Nothing like an ignorant Falcon fan to weigh in.  The fact of the matter is that this is twice in two years that he has made plays like this.  While I agree that he didn't totally aim with his head the point is that he is making it too close to call.  How about wrapping the guy up and tackling him?  The other thing is when did Maclin not man up?  He admitted that the dropped pass on the last possession was his fault.  Big bad Dunta is a thug and I'm sorry to say that it looks like you are on the same level IQ wise as him.

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 9:40 am

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

He did not use the crown and he didnt launch if you watch u can see him throw the shoulder out. What the f are u people watching.

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 9:38 am

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

I totally disagree and think its bs he gets fined for that hit. He totally made an effort to turn in with his shoulder and not lead with his head. If u watch the video you can see this. He barely hits him with the helmet cmon his helmet is almost as big as his pads and hes going full speed. He throws his shoulder out at Maclin. Dont know how I'm the only one that can see this.

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2011 9:34 am

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

That might have been a $40K hit but at the end of the day Maclin had that hit in the back of his head. Which resulted in his butter finger drop while hearing the foot steps on the last play. If $40K = a win i'll take that any day. Defenseless posture my A$$. Maclin had all ready turned and became a ball carrier. Tell him to keep his head up next time and man up. Don't coward away from big bad Dunta

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 9:13 am

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

$40,000 according to rule 12, section 2, artcile 9a2 of the NFL official playing rules.  This player, with no shame & lacking character, needed to be fined way much higher because we all know he is going to appeal and the fine will be reduced. It's a shame, it goes back to his days with the Texans.

They say payback is sweet, so he better watch himself out on the field, one of these days he is going to get leveled by a receiver or a lineman. 

Hope J-Mac makes a full recovery. 

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 9:09 am

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

It's amazing to me that people continue to bring up names from the past.  For those who have been asleep for the past 25 years let me update you...the game has changed in every facet since then.  No longer can CB's hand check all the way down field like Mel Blount used to be famous for.  No longer can you lead with your helmet and make tackles.  No longer can you hit a qb in the head.  Come to think of need ID at the airport now, almost nobody cuts their own grass anymore, and kids don't go outside and play anymore like the way older generations did. The world has changed people, and yes even in the NFL.  So please spare us with the yesteryear talks when we talk about violent hits in the NFL.  I'm a Falcon fan and Robinson laid out the worst hit of the NFL last year.  By worst I mean dirtiest.  To see a repeat of that on a prime time Sunday night game certainly made me worry that he would be suspsended.  He should have been.

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