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Bucs’ Cody Grimm gets a fine, offers an excuse

Buccaneers safety Cody Grimm drew a 15-yard penalty for launching into Panthers tight end Dante Rosario in last Sunday’s game, and now he’s drawn a $7,500 fine.

Grimm has an excuse, however: He says it was Rosario who ducked his own head down, making it look like Grimm had been aiming at Rosario’s head when Grimm was really aiming lower.

I think he was trying to duck out of my hit,” Grimm said, per the St. Petersburg Times. “And my shoulder caught his head. Literally, it was like a backside dig [route]. They said I launched. He started to get down and just dipped right into my shoulder-head combo I guess.”

But Grimm seems to know that the NFL’s policy is that it’s the defensive player’s responsibility to avoid the offensive player, and that’s why he was penalized and fined.

“Whatever,” Grimm said. “I can’t do anything about it now.”

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6 Responses to “Bucs’ Cody Grimm gets a fine, offers an excuse”
  1. bucforever says: Nov 19, 2010 7:56 AM

    Well he made the tackle . You can duck but you can”t hide.

  2. toe4 says: Nov 19, 2010 8:02 AM

    “It is the defensive players responsibility to avoid the offensive player.”

    I know some NFL defenses that really take this to heart.

  3. joepags says: Nov 19, 2010 8:08 AM

    the nfl is starting to become a joke of league!! the preception of the nfl is now “rough touch football”. if this continues, i will no longer be watching. hockey is the last true hitting sport!

  4. damayan5 says: Nov 19, 2010 8:11 AM

    So: The new tactic for receivers is just putting their head down and getting the defense flagged?

  5. citizenstrange says: Nov 19, 2010 8:41 AM

    What about the two different helmet to helmet hits on Hines Ward?

  6. vtsquirm says: Nov 19, 2010 8:58 AM

    looks like the DBs are going to have to start aiming at the knees. See how the league likes that.

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