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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: May 25, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 8:46 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

This is why people like Jack Tatum, Ronnie Lott, Steve Atwater, Ray Lewis, etc have SB Rings.

Wow what an accomplishment...they got their Superbowl Rings but some guy is now in a wheel chair.  How much did that ring cost?



Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 8:41 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

This is why people like Jack Tatum, Ronnie Lott, Steve Atwater, Ray Lewis, etc have SB Rings.


Jack Tatum ruined Darryl Stingly's life with shots like that. I'm sure that wasn't his intention but that happens. Some you "tough guy heros" on this board, probably never knew what it was like to get hit like that unless you fell over a bar stool. Some of you probably never played any sports at all. But you sure like to talk tough on message boards. Grow up children.



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 8:30 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Shame on the NFL.  I expect some sort of retaliation in the future on this guy.  I've never seen someone more intentionally try to hit another players helmet with the crown of their helmet.  He wanted to hurt somene like he did last year.  They fined him $50,000 last year and it was reduced to $25,000.  IMO, this hit looked more deliberate than the hit last year.  Last year's play was so bang, bang.  This year he had time to react and used the crown of his helmet and launched himself.  Disgusted.



Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2011 8:07 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Robinson did not launch himself, he shifted his body but not once did he propel himself into the air.  Look, I'm not a Falcon fan in the slightest but Goodell is going to far.  Can't lead with your head is a flawed philospophy.  Think of when you run, what is generally the part of your body that is futhest forward?  Your head (unless your Michael Johnson).  You've got guys running full boar to make a play and you expect the part of their body leading the way to once a tackle is about to be made to all of a sudden not be out front.  What do you want, a flying kick?  Another point, how many times have we seen a defensive player start low like Goodel wants but the offensive player drops down to minimize the contact and then you get another helmet to helmet collision.  Quite a few.  The other flawed part of this is watch running backs, they drop their head and initiate helmet to helmet contact all the time and I've yet to see one of them fined.  I'm all for player safety, when they're this big, this strong, and this fast there are going to be times where helmets will collide.  Look at the Bronco's Rahim Moore, lead with the shoulder as Goodel wants,and heads still collided and he still got fined.



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:59 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

This guy launched himself in an attempt to knock the Eagle player from the game.. It was very clear.. This punishmet is not enough.. He should have been hit with $100k and a suspension... He needs to be labled as a dirty player...



Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:38 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Basically, the NFL doesn't want ANY big hits. Even when they don't lead with their helmet, and do a big hit, it's a flag. That John Abraham little shove to Kafka was the lamest call I ever seen.



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:09 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

1977 Yankees.  What kind of logic is that?  I didn't see the play admittedly, but people of all heights can hit helmet to helmet on people of other heights up to a point.  It depends on leaning, posture, etc.  If a receiver is lowering himself to catch a pass his head might be at 5 feet even though he is 6'4".  I guess your math class made me feel that you might need a refresher course in logic.  Plus three inches is the difference and last time I checked, helmets are more than three inches high, so a helmet to helmet with both men standing straight would also be clearly possible.



Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 4:53 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

It is completely fair for the nfl to hand out fines like this. They have made it very clear to players that unnecessary hits like this arent acceptable. Recievers like jerrrico cotchery have found themselves in danger of their lives because of the amounts of concussions they've had from hits like robinson gave. The players know they rules and if they dont want to follow them then they can expect some unwanted mail coming their way.


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Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:48 am
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