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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 18, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:37 am

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

it was clear that he deliberately lunged at him with his head.  it's as if he just doesn't like this guy.  if they meet again, watch for this again.  i'd put 2:1 odds he does it again.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:31 am

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Some people here kow nothing about Football. With that said, he should have been fined as well as Suspended for a few games. Whether helmets touched or not he led with the Crown of his Helmet. 

Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:24 am

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

if you are so set on your knowledge of fundamentals, look at the picture and watch the replay.  While his head is down, the helmets never touch, it is a shoulder hit, which is what they praised Ray Lewis for last season.

Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:21 am

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

This fine is absurd!  It was not even helmet to helmet; it was shoulder to shoulder.  Robinson did not leave his feet, he made a football play.  Next Falcons drive, and the Eagles safety goes head hunting on Roddy White, leaves his feet, and glances off - no penalty.  Where is the equality, or are the officials bummed that the Eagles lost.  Same on the roughing the passer later in the same drive  ridiculous.  And Chris Collinsworthless' comments are even worse.  He just gets fired up...he should just get fired!

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:04 am

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Its not OK to ruin a players career and /or life for any reasons, let alone just for the sake of getting loud cheers from your fans.

Sounds like bitch-talk to me. As a defender your goal should be to eliminate anyone in your way of winning a ring.
This is why people like Jack Tatum, Ronnie Lott, Steve Atwater, Ray Lewis, etc have SB Rings.

It also sounds like you're still butthurt about that hit Tatum put on Daryl Stingley. Even Stingley said it was a clean hit...get over it.

Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: September 19, 2011 11:37 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Tackling 101: Keep your head up.  Every player learns this early on, but some players choose to use their head/helmet as a weapon rather than athe simple protective container that it is.  Hits like this are premeditated, he chose to lower his head.  Watching in slow motion won't help anyone to appreciate the physics involved.  Maclin is defenseless, and even if he was judged not to be, the point here is that Robinson clearly showed intent by lowering his head, leading with his head, and making helmet-to-helmet contact first.  There's no argument here.  And this is from someone who played FB in college, and played defense.  Football is a great game especially when played fundamentally sound.  Robinson's technique and his intention, are both good examples of bad fundamentals.  My bet is that he'll do it again.

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: September 19, 2011 11:32 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Fines do not stop these clowns that lead with their helmets head to head. When is the NFL going to wise up before somebody gets killed. Its the same guys every year. So far guy has paid $90,000 in fines. With the kind of money these guys are making, thats like tipping for cup of coffee. Sit their a$$es down for 8 games first offense and the entire season or 16 games for the 2nd offense plus heavier fines. Granted, sometimes helmet to helmet can't be avoided, but with instant replay the intent is glaring. Its not OK to ruin a players career and /or life for any reasons, let alone just for the sake of getting loud cheers from your fans.

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2011 11:19 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Booo hooo.. its football... quit crying about suspensions when the league lets criminals in.  You want to act like the moral of all that is the NFL, yet our kids are taught if you do what Vick did, you can come back & make millions if you just say you're sorry & promise not to do it again... nice example.  I guess the league is being reactive there and not proactive, eh?

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2011 10:46 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

He actually took 4 steps once the ball was in his hands. He could have made a move to avoid Robinson.

Last year was more helmet-to-helmet. He tucked his head this year, IN MY OPINION, in order to AVOID the same hit as last season. A big hit isn't an illegal one, in of itself.

What even allowed for the helmet hit in this case was Maclin going into the fetal position and lowering the CHIN of his FACE MASK onto Dunta as Robinson delivered the hit.

Robinson was clearly aiming for the upper chest/arm area in order to jar the ball loose.

Could he have wrapped up? Maybe. Also, Maclin would have probably then had less fear and instead of 'fetal position'; made a juke and TD to the house.

Say what you want about right/wrong...if ths game is about winning the last defender has a moments notice in extreme pressure situation to completely wrap, dive at the legs, or go for the hit to try to separate the ball from the ball carrier.

Maclin was not defenseless. Last year, was worse and more clear-cut. People reading into this based on last year are allowing themselves to warp their view of this incident: Which is why no one doing such can clearly be a proper judge. A judgement has to be able to discern motives. You COULD spin it negative or positive in this instance compared to last season's play.

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2011 10:36 pm

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

he took 2 steps after the ball hit him.  Sorry but it was a good hit.  I am tired of this protect the recievers and qb's.  If you want to protect the qb hand off every play.  If you want to protect the wr, dont send anyone accross the middle.  Intimidation is part of the game.

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