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Cowboys assistant avoids serious injury in collision with player

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Cowboys receivers coach Jimmy Robinson, who jumped to Dallas from Green Bay after the 2010 season, has gotten his time with his new team off to a memorable start.  Even if he can’t remember any of it.

Robinson was unconscious after a collision with a Cowboys player who ran out of bounds while trying to cover a punt.

Owner Jerry Jones said Robinson “was snoring, he was so knocked out,” per the Associated Press.

Robinson, 58, was taken to a local hospital after being placed on a backboard.  Roughly two hours later, he was cleared.

The incident casts fresh light on a dynamic that drew significant attention, but for very different reasons, in December 2010.  Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi organized a phalanx of men to prevent a Dolphins gunner from running out of bounds while covering a punt.  Alosi tripped Nolan Carroll, setting off yet another multiple-news-cycle brouhaha involving a franchise that endured several of them last season.  Alosi was suspended, and he later resigned.

Regardless of the specific solution, the league needs to confine on-field play to, you know, the field.  A player who goes out of bounds (or, at a minimum, beyond the thick white stripe that lines the field) should simply be out of the play and unable to return.  Though that will introduce a new sumo-style strategy for players who have a chance to knock a guy out of the playing area, 5,300 square yards seems like more than enough space for an 11-on-11 sport.

Especially if the process of leaving the field and then trying to get back in will expose bystanders to the risk of injury.

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23 Responses to “Cowboys assistant avoids serious injury in collision with player”
  1. kmurph1226 says: Jul 30, 2011 8:23 PM

    He regrets leaving the Packers already.

  2. andyreidisfat says: Jul 30, 2011 8:23 PM

    Or you could just make a 5 foot line 5 feet from the end of the white that no one can cross during a play.

  3. trentofgilead says: Jul 30, 2011 8:23 PM

    Good to hear he’s ok.

  4. revengeofthefilthymcnasty says: Jul 30, 2011 8:24 PM

    Get well soon. Let’s pray there’s no serious damage.

    Redskins fan.

  5. plundergrunge says: Jul 30, 2011 8:29 PM

    We get a coach who can, well, coach and we sleep the guy??

    Wow.

  6. beastofeden says: Jul 30, 2011 8:32 PM

    I fully expect Goodell to fine Cowboys receivers coach Jimmy Robinson $25,000 for leading with the crown of his head. It’s just not proper technique.

  7. beastofeden says: Jul 30, 2011 8:33 PM

    And how is a 58 year old coaching WR’s? Can this dude even run?

  8. tjacks7 says: Jul 30, 2011 8:33 PM

    I’d have to disagree with this post.

    How would preventing a player from rejoining a punt, prevent injury along the sidelines. Post injuries appear to happen do to a player exiting, not entering, the playing field. You would have to prevent players being forced out of bounds to increase the safety of those on the sidelines (and the player). Preventing a player from rejoining the play once exiting, wouldn’t do this.

  9. moneymike23 says: Jul 30, 2011 8:39 PM

    If its not one thing with this team, its another.

  10. hobartbaker says: Jul 30, 2011 8:45 PM

    Cowboys quickly realized that they would have to tweak their “Alosi Wall” alignment before the regular season began.

  11. melonheadsdaddy says: Jul 30, 2011 8:50 PM

    hey melonhead.

  12. rodericksilva says: Jul 30, 2011 8:53 PM

    Glad he is ok.

  13. plundergrunge says: Jul 30, 2011 8:54 PM

    @beastofeden

    Glorious.

  14. painterdude says: Jul 30, 2011 9:01 PM

    Great to hear he is ok. Now if he can persuade James Jones to join him in Dallas.

  15. melonnhead says: Jul 30, 2011 9:12 PM

    “melonheadsdaddy”?

    wow, are you owned from your toupee to your toenails or what?

  16. melonnhead says: Jul 30, 2011 9:15 PM

    Regardless of the specific solution, the league needs to confine on-field play to, you know, the field. A player who goes out of bounds (or, at a minimum, beyond the thick white stripe that lines the field) should simply be out of the play and unable to return.

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    How is that going to, you know, decrease the risk of injury since like 100% of the time it happens when players are knocked out of the field of play?

  17. melonnhead says: Jul 30, 2011 9:16 PM

    should have read your post first tjacks7 but great point anyway

  18. spartaninnh says: Jul 30, 2011 9:19 PM

    tjacks7 says: Jul 30, 2011 8:33 PM

    I’d have to disagree with this post.

    How would preventing a player from rejoining a punt, prevent injury along the sidelines. Post injuries appear to happen do to a player exiting, not entering, the playing field. You would have to prevent players being forced out of bounds to increase the safety of those on the sidelines (and the player). Preventing a player from rejoining the play once exiting, wouldn’t do this.

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    What he said. Gunners go up against 2 guys, and you can’t say “they have the entire field” — they don’t.

    Without knowing more about the specifics of how this happened, it’s impossible to say that it’s a reason to change the rule.

  19. melonheadsdaddy says: Jul 30, 2011 9:47 PM

    melonnhead says:
    Jul 30, 2011 9:12 PM
    “melonheadsdaddy”?

    wow, are you owned from your toupee to your toenails or what?

    __________________________________
    not as “owned” as you are….you respond to every eagles MAJOR AQUISITION every 30 seconds. jealousy is a stinky cologne my friend. but hey….you resigned marcus spears…so you got that going for ya….which is nice.

  20. spartytime says: Jul 30, 2011 10:18 PM

    He was so bored with the Cowboys offense that he fell asleep right on the field

    On a serious note hope he’s okay…Get better

  21. superdave4good says: Jul 30, 2011 10:49 PM

    Controlling on field play by preventing players from knocking another player out of bounds seems like a fairly simple solution, however, I also believe folks not in the game/play (players, coaches, camera men, etc) should be fully aware of the play in progress. Regardless of the size of the field, these are big, fast, powerful players & lack of awareness is the culprit here (yes, I do not know all the details & thus, that’s easy for me to say). I hope he is okay & is able to fully recover. My final thought, FB is a game of inches. Pay attention while the action is live; especially on special teams plays. Welcome back NFL (I didn’t want to LEAVE YOU for good).

  22. Deb says: Jul 30, 2011 11:51 PM

    Glad Robinson is okay, but disagree with you on this one because you will have players deliberately knocking people out of bounds. Instead, how about the dingdongs on the sidelines stand back?

  23. macjacmccoy says: Jul 31, 2011 1:54 AM

    You cant do that bc then it would make it easier for the return to take the ball up the sidelines. Players would be scared to get close to the edge so they would play a good distance away from sidelines. Allowing the return team to set up a wall. The only way to make it fair would be to not let the returner come within 5 yards of the sidelines which would be dumb. Obviously that would never happen but thats also why they dont change rules all willy nilly bc the other rules that would have to changed to make those rules fair or feasible would be to far fetched and not any good.

    Any way even if they did what you suggested that would defeat the purpose of moving the ball up 5 yards. They want to make it harder to return kicks for safety reasons not easier. Taking the sidelines away from coverage teams would do the opposite.

    The most logically thing to do is just extended the sideline no fly zone and enforce it. If players and coaches are within a certain distances of the active field of play make it a 15 yard penalty. After a couple of those flags coaches will make sure the players on the field have room to play.

    Now isnt that alot simplier then changing rules that force you to make more rules and defeat the purpose of others rules?

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