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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: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: September 19, 2011 10:26 pm
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

@ Dinzports - I come form where both rugby codes are played and the last thing they would teach you is to  lead with your head in a tackle and thats just not because we dont wear helmets but because its considered a dangerous technique,one day if helmet hits continue like that one we saw will result in someone not getting up after the play,He would of been better off just smashing him with a hip and shoulder if he wasnt interested in using his arms.


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Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: September 19, 2011 10:16 pm
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2011 9:29 pm
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

The biggest issue is consistency. In the same game touching the QB at all is roughing the passer(note the 'roughing the passer' call on Abraham), but a helmet-to-helmet lunging tackle by Jenkins on Ryan isn't even MENTIONED in the coverage of the game.

The media is a tool of the ratings system.



Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2011 9:13 pm
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

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

I watched the game and yeah it was helmet to helmet, but in no way, shape, or form was Maclin in a "defenseless posture".
The NFL should stop with this 'protect the shield' bullshit. Players used to rip each other to pieces just to win a ring/trophy, while getting paid less than pocket-change compared to nowadays. The NFL does very little for these players that helped make the NFL what is today...a monopoly. The NFL makes so much money nowadays it isn't funny and they refuse to help these former players. You idiots need to stop bashing on Robinson, he makes a lot of exciting hits and he's probably one of the few reasons I watch any Falcons games. And at least he stopped Maclin on the play.



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2011 8:33 pm
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Robinson has to hit like this cause he's a horrible cover CB and was getting smoked all night..he's a coward and showed once again what a douchebag he is..he will get his one day...



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2011 8:32 pm
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

The phote sure does show it all.  It shows Robinson having already gone through Maclin with his helmet-leading hit.  Notice I didn't say tackle because Robinson's arms are down at his side.  Notice Maclin's head is turned 90 degrees because Robinson HAS ALREADY COMPLETED his helmet hit.  Did you watch the game?  In real time, it was obvious and blatant what Robinson did.  God Bless America and thank you for serving, but a photo editor you won't be when your gig is up.  Return to the States safely.



Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 8:30 pm
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

Robinson led with the helmet, jumped at Maclin and even had his hands down not even attempting to tackle.  If this wasn't a deliberate intent to injure I don't know what is.  If Coach Smith is teaching this type of tackling technique with his team he ought to be ashamed of himself.  These head hunters need to be dealt with harshly and Robinson should get at least 2 or 3 games off without pay.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: September 19, 2011 8:26 pm
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

FYI: This is a still photo of one part of the play. What is missing is Robinson's helmet clearly lowered and hitting Maclin's helmet before this part. He had no intention of tackling him with his shoulder. That was an after effect of the helmet to helmet contact. He's a cheap player, as his history clearly shows.



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: September 19, 2011 8:16 pm
 

NFL fines Dunta Robinson $40K for Maclin hit

BOOOOO


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