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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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Comments

Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:31 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Deliberate head to head contact should be punished.  Inadvertant contact should not.  It is part of the game.  I'll say it again, if the defenders "hold up" on hits, they will end up injuring themselves.  Just watch the injury rate increase in the NFL.



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:31 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

By reactions to vicious hits, it would seem that no one wants to see any football player paralyzed, yet we know that everytime we watch the dynamics of football, a game played by strong and swift athletes clashing into each other at break neck speed, the violence will inevitably lead to short-term or long-term physical damage to bodies. Casualties are a given of such a brutal and violent sport. I would argue that if you extracted violence from football, it would lose its appeal to many of its male fans addicted to experiencing violence vicariously through the hits. There have been many intentions of malice that never happens because defensive players simply missed inflicting injuryi because timing does not allow bad intentions to materialize. Many player escape injury luckily because often the hit intended misses it intended target. What is a football game without groans of ooohs and ahhhs created by ill will and bad intentions of a half crazed player looking to establish himself as a man who is fearless and mean. You cannot be considered mean in football unless you deliver a slobberknocker that decleats someone else's hero. That is the game of football in a nutshell. If football was sex, the slobberknocker is orgasms for those watching. I am glad that Dunta Robinson did not injury either player. He is payed to stop them from advancing the football. The echo effect of his malicious play is what gives football the aura of a sport being played by gladiators. If we go back to the Roman colisieum, football players are modern day example of testosterone driven behemots, much like gladiators were, who are obsessed with wreaking havoc on each other. The violence is what brought people to the colisieums then and nothing has changed today to thrill seekers of violence. So why are we so squemish when collisons inevitably occur? Does paying lip service to not wanting to see the violence make us better than Dunta Robinson or Jack Tatum. If we really do not want to see violence, don't blame Dunta Robinson just stop watching football. Turn the TV to "Friends" and let us really know violence has no place in your life. Other than that, sit back and enjoy the fruits of the game and just go oooohhh or ahhhhh when the big hit comes.




Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:28 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

heres a solution, just put flags on receivers so when they do catch the ball, the defender has to pull the flag. instead of making a ill advised tackle. 



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:10 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

This is bogus, he lead with his shoulder, as the film clearly shows.



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:09 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

No one wants to see any football player paralyzed, yet we know that everytime we watch the dynamics of football, a game played by strong and swift athletes clashing into each other at break neck speed, that the violence will inevitably lead to short-term or long-term physical damage to bodies. Casualties are a given of such a brutal and violent sport. I would argue that if you extracted the violence that football would lose the interest are many of its male fans addicted to experiencing violence vicariously throught the sport. There have many intentions of malice that never happens because sometimes the defensive player simply miss injurying another because of timing does not allow bad intentions to materialize. Many player escape injury luckily because often the hit intended often misses it intended target. What is a football game without groans of ooohs and ahhhs created by ill will and bad intentions of a half crazed player looking to establish himself as a man who is fearless and mean. You cannot be considered mean unless you deliver a slobberknocker that decleats someone elses heroe. That is the game of football in a nutshell. If football was sex, the slobberknocker is orgasms for those watching. I am glad that Dunta Robinson did not injury either player that he is payed to stop advancing the football. The echo effect of his malicious play is what gives football games the aura of a sport being played by gladiators. If we go back to the roman colisieum, football players are modern day example of testosterone driven behemots, much like Gladiators were, wreaking havoc on each other. The violence is what brought people to the colisieums then and nothing has changed now. So why are we so squemish when collisons inevitably occur. Does paying lip service to not wanting to see the violence it make us better than Dunta Robinson or Jack Tatum. If we really do not want to see it, don't blame Dunta Robinson just stop watching football and let us really know that the violence has no place in your life. Other than that, sit back and enjoy the fruits of the game.



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 2:28 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

If the players on defense enjoy hitting defenseless players, then let's even things up a little.  The players on offense have weapons like chop blocking, clipping and blocking in the back, so let'em have at it.  While we are reducing football to a gory street fight, let's look at other tactics.  My favorite one is where the d-linemen are taught to raise their hands when the quarterback throws the football.  Conrad Dobler had a cure for that, it was to punch the d-lineman in the solar plexus.  If d-linemen are going for the football and exposing their ribs, shouldn't they pay the price?

Punt returners are usually safeties and cornerbacks.  Let's do away with the fair catch rule. Regarding punt formation, let's do away with the stupid rule where only the outside gunners are allowed to leave the line of scrimmage before the ball is kicked.  I missed the old days when everyone used to take off before the ball was kicked.

As for skirt wearing players on offense, why did the National Football League outlaw leg whipping and tripping?  It was to pacify the skirt wearers on defense.

I like football as much as anyone else, but I don't want to see anyone get paralyzed or die on the field.  Let's do away with the bloodlust or level the rules so the players can police themselves.



Since: May 15, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2011 1:36 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

So take note cornerbacks. Before you hit a receiver, be sure you count the number of steps he took and is in fact ready to be hit. Maybe the receiver can give the defender a thumbs up that he is ready to be hit. If the defender has his head up then he gets nailed for helmet to helmet hits and if he puts his head down he is spearing the receiver. Whatever Goodell. I guess at least he isn't as bad as Selig. He has never called a Pro Bowl game and left it a tie.



Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 1:29 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Dunta should just call Maclin and apologize like he did the last time he tried to injure someone.  Then everything will be ok?




Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:50 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

  He certainly wanted to knock him out, but it wasn't that bad.  Maclin was not defenseless because he had his feet on the ground and had made a "football move" lol  I love that term.  It was a hair dirty, but the fine will probably get cut in half and all will be happy.



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:50 am
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

What was clear to me was a defensive player hitting Matt Ryan square in the face helmet to helmet and no penalty being called at all.  Maclin sees the hit coming and ducks his head to avoid it and ducks right into the hit.  If he sees it coming, he should not be considered defenseless.


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