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Eagles mad at Dunta Robinson, who says “it was a legal hit”

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Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson insisted after Sunday night’s win over the Eagles that he shouldn’t have been flagged for his hit on Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin — and he vehemently insists that the league shouldn’t discipline him.

“I felt that it was a legal hit even though I was penalized,” Robinson said. “Again, I feel strongly that there will not be any further repercussion.”

Last year Robinson became one of the poster boys for the NFL’s crackdown on hits to defenseless receivers after drilling Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson in similar fashion. The Eagles made clear that they don’t like the way Robinson plays the game.

“He’s two for two now,” Maclin said. “I guess we’ll see what Roger Goodell has in store for him.”

Jackson suggested that Robinson is a dirty player.

“I guess that’s what type of player he is,” Jackson said. “He tries to go for the kill shot and things like that. He got a flag for it, so just glad Jeremy is OK.”

It’s safe to say the league office won’t agree with Robinson’s insistence that it was a legal hit. The only question is whether he’ll get another steep fine, or whether this time he’ll be suspended.

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107 Responses to “Eagles mad at Dunta Robinson, who says “it was a legal hit””
  1. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 19, 2011 7:36 AM

    Dunta – the eagle killer.

  2. mello10 says: Sep 19, 2011 7:38 AM

    lmao “legal hit” that’s rich.

    That was as dirty as it gets.

    Enjoy your suspension jabroni.

  3. jimmysimpson55 says: Sep 19, 2011 7:39 AM

    Great, the league has neutered the physical part of the game so much that it has us fans arguing about what hit is ‘legal’ or ‘illegal’. Disgusting.

  4. eaglesw00t says: Sep 19, 2011 7:40 AM

    This one should definitely be a suspension. Multiple offender.

    The guy made no attempt whatsoever to tackle Maclin. He strictly tried to slam his helmet into Maclins face. Im all for letting the guys hit, but this is exactly the type of hit that gets people injured in a bad way. There was no need for it whatsoever. He could have put his shoulderpad into Maclins chest just as easily, and actually tackled properly.

    Robinson is a piece of garbage, and it wouldnt bother me in the least to see him lose a game check or so.

  5. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 19, 2011 7:40 AM

    Dunta lead with the shoulder – and the picture attests to that… BUT his helmet did have SOME contact. By no means did Dunta strike primary with his helmet. Despite Collinsworth’s protesting, it’s pretty clear the intention was to deliver the blow with the shoulder. (Sick)

  6. houseofspears90 says: Sep 19, 2011 7:44 AM

    All he had to do is turn and ram him with his shoulder(think hockey) and he would have blowm Maclin up, legally. Leading with his head like that is only going to get himself paralyzed or someone else dead.

  7. houseofspears90 says: Sep 19, 2011 7:46 AM

    nflofficeadmin says:Sep 19, 2011 7:40 AM

    Dunta lead with the shoulder – and the picture attests to that… BUT his helmet did have SOME contact. By no means did Dunta strike primary with his helmet. Despite Collinsworth’s protesting, it’s pretty clear the intention was to deliver the blow with the shoulder. (Sick)
    ********************************************

    Putting your head down and not even moving your arms is not leading with your shoulders. Watch the replay, he fired his head like a missle and caught Maclin right in the facemask. It was dirty.

  8. cornernum23 says: Sep 19, 2011 7:47 AM

    He should be suspended. I love defence and big hits, but even I (who usually sides with the defender) am not naive enough to think that what he did was right.

  9. houseofspears90 says: Sep 19, 2011 7:47 AM

    Also, That picture is after Robinson’s helmet has started to turn Maclin’s head sideways so you are misguided if you think it shows he lead with his shoulder.

  10. themightywhitey says: Sep 19, 2011 7:49 AM

    nflofficeadmin is 100% right …..this is a legal hit ….led with his shoulder …………these punks would have never survived in the 70’s when the game was real

  11. eaglesw00t says: Sep 19, 2011 7:49 AM

    Dunta lead with the shoulder – and the picture attests to that… BUT his helmet did have SOME contact. By no means did Dunta strike primary with his helmet. Despite Collinsworth’s protesting, it’s pretty clear the intention was to deliver the blow with the shoulder. (Sick)

    ———————————————-

    You obviously werent watching. He lowered his helmet, and struck directly with the crown of his helmet to Maclins facemask. If you think that is leading with your shoulder, you are blind.

  12. pappysarcasm says: Sep 19, 2011 7:49 AM

    It’s comical that iggles players are calling for a fine from the commissioner! Too funny! Can’t wait for one of them dirty bastages to get the one of their own, like the one Cullen Jenkins will get this week, in additional to Robinsons!

  13. minkytails says: Sep 19, 2011 7:51 AM

    His helmet had “some” contact? Are you kidding me? He eyes saw nothing but the turf. The simple fact is he DID lead with the helmet, in fact, he used the helmet as a weapon. If he was wearing the old style leather helmets he would have made a tackle like the teach you in pop warner.

    The fact that he insists it was a legal hit means he should be more than fined, he should be suspended 2 or more games. A previous poster called him a piece of garbage who should lose a game check. I disagree. He is a piece of garbage whose illegal hits will hopefully lead to a career ending Christopher Reeves style injury.

  14. rugdaniels says: Sep 19, 2011 7:52 AM

    I can see a player being unsure what’s a legal hit and what isn’t LAST season, when the league was making rules up on the fly for the first few weeks of the season. At this point every player should know that a helmet to helmet hit is going to get you a flag and probably a fine. I don’t think he should be suspended though. Cullen Jenkins got away w/ a helmet to helmet on Matt Ryan though so maybe Desean & Co. should shut up about dirty play.

  15. minkytails says: Sep 19, 2011 7:52 AM

    He should be suspended 1 game for the hit and 3 games for having a name like “Dunta”.

  16. jpb12 says: Sep 19, 2011 7:53 AM

    So Jackson and Maclin are now big fans of Goodell.

    Hating on him pretty good in the off-season

  17. angrycorgi says: Sep 19, 2011 7:53 AM

    Iggles players calling a guy out for being a dirty player…Pot meet kettle…

  18. marinephinfan says: Sep 19, 2011 7:54 AM

    @NFLOFFICEADMIN:

    I’m not sure what you’re looking at man, but Dunta lowered his head and speared the receiver. You have no idea what Dunta’s “intention” was unless you’ve talked to him.

    I’m a huge “let the guys play” believer. It’s a violent sport. However, you can’t just lower your head and spear a person with your helmet.

  19. eaglebobby says: Sep 19, 2011 7:55 AM

    You better have another look at it nfloffice–he definitely lead with his helmet, striking Maclin in the lower part of his helmet–in fact, he launched himself–it could have broken his jaw. But those hits are just the Falcons–I guess you think that Abraham’s hit on Kafka–where he struck him in the small of the back with the crown of his helmet was legal as well.

  20. phan4life says: Sep 19, 2011 8:00 AM

    He is a filthy player. He didn’t need to lead with his helmet on either hit but decided to try to injure both Maclin and Fraction (last year). Fine him big.

  21. SpartaChris says: Sep 19, 2011 8:03 AM

    C’Mon, Dunta, even James Harrison thinks that was a dirty hit.

  22. byrds71 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:12 AM

    Dunta lead with the shoulder – and the picture attests to that… BUT his helmet did have SOME contact. By no means did Dunta strike primary with his helmet. Despite Collinsworth’s protesting, it’s pretty clear the intention was to deliver the blow with the shoulder.
    ———————————————–He did not lead with his shoulder, he lead with his helemet what the heck were you watching?
    The guy knocked himself out the last time, would you try to knock down a door with your head or your shoulder? A helmet is false protection against that much force colliding, he will end his own career as well as others, man up and take the body, wrap up like a man, instead of blind-siding a guy. One of my favorite players who hit like a torpedo, was labeled dirty, ended up having brain damage and committed suicide, Andre Waters, too late for him but he set an example of what not to do.

  23. darthvincent says: Sep 19, 2011 8:12 AM

    amazing that a WR on a crossing route takes 4 steps before being hit but somehow he’s still considered defense-less… Why is this a penalty???

  24. nevin999 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:13 AM

    The only people who support Dirtbag Robinson are Dirtbag Falcon’s fans.

    Live it up, chumps, we all know how your team is going to ends its season, with Matty Ice choking in the playoffs…. if they make it that far.

  25. reidstinks says: Sep 19, 2011 8:16 AM

    The rule should be on these hits that the player sits as long as the injured player sits. If he comes back that game after missing a few plays fine but the players sits during that time as well. If the injured player misses three games the offender misses three games.

    Don’t care about hard hits that are accidental hits with the helmets but it so clear this guy just intentionally leads with his helmet.

  26. cardiaccat says: Sep 19, 2011 8:18 AM

    Ortiz would have been proud.

  27. jw731 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:18 AM

    “Again, i feel strongly that there will not be any further repercussion”
    ———————————————
    Just tell the NFL, well… i left my arms at home and had to tackle him with my head…

  28. nevin999 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:19 AM

    @nflofficeadmin

    Let me guess, you’re a Falcons fan. I’m going to give you a hand here — look at the video. You see where Dirtbag Robinson sets his feet, crouches, and spears his head forward into Maclin’s helmet?

    That is illegal. You know how you can tell that he wasn’t leading with his shoulder? Because he blasted Maclin in the helmet with his HEAD.

    What are you, friggin’ stupid?

  29. hrtbrokeskinzfan says: Sep 19, 2011 8:19 AM

    Cue the fat 40yr old fans complaining how sissified the league has become & how current players are total pansies.

  30. razsan says: Sep 19, 2011 8:22 AM

    @nflofficeadmin…. They showed the replay plenty of times after the hit…it was disgusting.
    There is no place for this kind of football.

  31. omnipresentfan says: Sep 19, 2011 8:23 AM

    uhm… Both Duntae and Asante Samuel need to back to tackling school… one for hitting with the wrong part of the body repeatedly, the other for hitting with NO part of the body repeatedly.

  32. seneca1ss says: Sep 19, 2011 8:23 AM

    that calls for a 1 game suspension against my Bucs next week

  33. bleedgreen says: Sep 19, 2011 8:25 AM

    Sep 19, 2011 7:40 AM

    Dunta lead with the shoulder – and the picture attests to that… BUT his helmet did have SOME contact. By no means did Dunta strike primary with his helmet. Despite Collinsworth’s protesting, it’s pretty clear the intention was to deliver the blow with the shoulder. (Sick)
    ——————————

    Incorrect. This photo is from AFTER the initial contact. He lowered his head DIRECTLY into the helmet. If then slid down the facemask and his momentum carried him forward until his shoulder made contact. You have to watch the video.

  34. nogoodell says: Sep 19, 2011 8:25 AM

    His helmet punched Maclin’s helmet in the face.. luckily it didn’t hit square on

  35. wwwmattcom says: Sep 19, 2011 8:29 AM

    I believe when the helmet hit the facemask it was incidental he appears in the picture to try and get his head across the body, which is text book, but in the pic it also has his head down and the incidental contact was made by the crown because of that. Dangerous for his career too. Looks like he tried to give a clean nasty hit of the Brian Dawkins type which Eagle fans loved to see dished out to their opponents but dunta missed and will be fined for not addressing what the league already determined to be unsafe play. There big hits usually come when coverage is blown and sprinting and blowing up the receiver is a way to save face.

  36. docbar says: Sep 19, 2011 8:34 AM

    I think it was a good hit, but not legal under the current rules. Dunta played for my favorite team for 5 years or so, and I’m glad his punk ass is gone. He can make the big hit, but he couldn’t cover a newborn with a blanket. He also showed his ass late in the game when a skirmish broke out. Dunta Robinson is a punk and, as a Texans fan, I’m glad he collects a paycheck from the Falcons.

  37. ninjapleazee says: Sep 19, 2011 8:38 AM

    I enjoy watching a hard hit like anyone else.. but using your helmet to spear someone.. that’s just a cheap shot.

  38. prrbrr says: Sep 19, 2011 8:41 AM

    First the picture shows the after effect of the head to head hit. Second, I have never wished harm on a player more than I wished someone to chop him at the knees. If Dunta wants to be like that then I hope some receiver targets his knees. I hope this is a 4 week suspension. Anything less is unacceptable, just like the reduction in fine for his hit on Jackson.

  39. keepitsimplestoopid says: Sep 19, 2011 8:42 AM

    I wonder if the offense could be treated as “spearing?” It sure looked like the crown of his helmet made contact with Maclin’s facemask.

    I’m not too familiar with the spearing rule, anyone with a better understanding is welcome to edumacate me.

  40. goawayeverybody says: Sep 19, 2011 8:42 AM

    Dear Eagles fans,

    my condolences on having a TERRIBLE COACH. No one in the history of the NFL has done less with more than Andy Reid. You could put Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Adrian Peterson on the Eagles and Andy Reid would still find a way to mess it all up. I’m sorry but your team will get nowhere with this mindless idiot as your coach.

    Not challenging the non-interception? Horrible play calling in the fourth quarter and playing not to lose? Huh?

    Embarassing.

  41. jdreed68 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:44 AM

    nflofficeadmin says: Sep 19, 2011 7:40 AM

    Dunta lead with the shoulder – and the picture attests to that… BUT his helmet did have SOME contact. By no means did Dunta strike primary with his helmet. Despite Collinsworth’s protesting, it’s pretty clear the intention was to deliver the blow with the shoulder. (Sick)

    Really? Because what I (And mostly everyone else) Saw was Dunta leading with his helmet, Maclin Pulling up from his route in time that only Dunta’s Helmet scraped across Maclin’s facemask. Dunta did not have his head up, Did not extend his arms to wrap up, and did hit helmet to helmet first before his shoulder pads hit.
    Maclin got lucky, He could have been seriously hurt. It was a dirty hit.

  42. rdrdrs58 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:44 AM

    This is one hit that I will say deserved a penalty and deserves a fine. Dunta led with his head and had it down. Add in that he came in with his elbow/forarm up, it was a nobrainder penalty. If he would’ve had the head up and at the very least made an attempt to wrap his arms around the tackle, there would’ve been no penalty. He’s actually very lucky he didn’t injure himself with his head down like that.

  43. luckynumberlucas says: Sep 19, 2011 8:47 AM

    You should be automatically suspended if your name is “Dunta”…

  44. gnorules says: Sep 19, 2011 8:48 AM

    If Robinson isn’t suspended for multiple games I’m going to be personally offended at the disgrace to game that Godell has shown by not suspending him. Daunta didn’t just “accidentally” hit him with the crown of his helmet… he lowered his head and then launched at Maclin’s chin trying to kill him. I know you need to have a killer mentality when you play defense in the NFL, but when you cross the line to purposely trying to injure someone like that you don’t deserve to play the game any more.

  45. johngaltwho says: Sep 19, 2011 8:51 AM

    Amazing how people complain that the NFL is trying to make some modest changes to the rules to decrease the likelihood of potentially life threatening injuries. That was clearly not an attempt to tackle, it was an attempt to paralyze. He put his head down and aimed for the opponent’s jaw. Robinson is an idiot.

  46. onthewagonsince90 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:56 AM

    What ever happened to good old fashioned wrapping a guy up… Sports Center’s top ten has destroyed this game. College guys are doing the same thing. Not Sports Centers fault, just these egos on these idiots are putting too many people at risk. Thank god Maclin is OK, but that could of gotten really ugly.

    Cause of this fool’s history, I think he should be suspended 2 games w/o pay.

  47. enders9 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:01 AM

    jimmysimpson55 says: Sep 19, 2011 7:39 AM

    Great, the league has neutered the physical part of the game so much that it has us fans arguing about what hit is ‘legal’ or ‘illegal’. Disgusting.

    ———————————————-

    Except there is no argument here. That was clearly an illegal hit.

  48. adlent says: Sep 19, 2011 9:02 AM

    Gotta agree with nflofficeadmin. When I saw it live it looked like he was leading with the shoulder. His head was down so it was bad form, but watch it in slow motion and it really looks like he launched his shoulder into Maclin to take him out and there is nothing wrong with that.

    I was surprised by the flag, but then again, I saw Abraham get flagged because his helmet nudged Kafka (he barely moved him and even made sure he didn’t fall down).

  49. 3octaveFart says: Sep 19, 2011 9:05 AM

    2 game suspension.
    Repeat offender.

  50. chc4 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:05 AM

    What about that helmet hit on Ryan by Cullen Jenkins in the 1st quarter? That didn’t even get a flag.

  51. harleyrider1973 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:06 AM

    If any of you acually watch the video he never makes helmet to helmet contact. He never launched his body into the air, i dont see where th penenty is. Please dont tell me that you all blindly follow Collinworth who is the biggest db in all of football. it pains me to watcha game that he works.

  52. joshuavkidd says: Sep 19, 2011 9:08 AM

    under most circumstances I hate what the league has done to overly protect players but this way clearly out of line… Oh and Darth, it doesn’t matter if he takes 50 steps you can’t lead with the crown of the helmet. Pretty simple rule to understand.

  53. andjmoore says: Sep 19, 2011 9:09 AM

    Robinson kept his arms at his sides and launched himself head-first, like a missile, directly at Maclin’s head.

    He didn’t even attempt to use his arms to tackle the receiver.

    He should be suspended.

  54. andjmoore says: Sep 19, 2011 9:10 AM

    And I guess it was a “coincidence” that he went for the head after Maclin scored two touchdowns.

  55. 3octaveFart says: Sep 19, 2011 9:10 AM

    They need to eject these guys, immediately.
    Suspensions only reward their next opponent.

  56. kyleortonsarm says: Sep 19, 2011 9:17 AM

    I agree with Robinson. That hit looked great from here. Especially against the Eagirls.

  57. bengalsown says: Sep 19, 2011 9:18 AM

    Looked pretty clear to me that he hit the guy with his shoulder, and his helmet accidentally brushed the front of his facemask…

  58. jdreed68 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:28 AM

    @harleyrider1973

    What Video were you watching?

  59. kleahy82486 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:29 AM

    The flag was for leading with his helmet which hit maclin square in the facemask, and he did clearly lead with his helmet you dont lower your head if your intent is to the lead with your shoulder that makes zero sense of course his shoulder is going to follow if he lowers his head so the fact that the follow through with his shoulder hit maclin in no way justifies this as a legal hit

  60. rdrdrs58 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:30 AM

    I’m one of the first people to criticize the NFL with this overprotection of player’s particularly the offensive side of the ball… but that hit was nothing but dirty. he could’ve hit maclin just as hard with a kill shot just by tackling him, meaning drive his shoulder into his chest, head to the side, bulled up so he can SEE maclin and wrap the arms… would’ve had the same impact… except no flag and no pending fine/suspension…

  61. vernhh says: Sep 19, 2011 9:32 AM

    From someone not loyal to either team:

    Jenkins’ hit was illegal, but not flagrant. He didn’t get a flag but should have, and he probably will get a fine.

    Robinson’s hit was filthy. The kind of thing the league will use as a clip to demonstrate to players what must not happen.
    Anyone with being honest, after seeing the replay on youtube etc. will see that he doesn’t tackle with shoulder and arms but drops his head for helmet to helmet contact.
    This is one of the most dangerous acts in football and given his history should result in a fine plus a one game suspension.

  62. dukemarc says: Sep 19, 2011 9:35 AM

    Cry on, Beagles fans!

  63. kenny328usa says: Sep 19, 2011 9:36 AM

    And bengalsown you need to go see an eye doctor or stop watching games when your high. Because whats “pretty clear” to you didn’t happen. Its blatantly obvious to everyone else in the world that he led with his helmet. Chris Collingsworth almost had a stroke on live TV after watching it.

  64. kaf39 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:41 AM

    Dirty hit!

  65. kleahy82486 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:41 AM

    For those bringing up cullen Jenkins hit yea he should have been penalized and will receive a small fine but to compare those to is absurd

  66. hcf95688 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:43 AM

    Alligator arms from Maclin when the game was on the line. Tough to catch the ball when you’re wondering where those footsteps are coming from. Robinson may get fined/suspended, but that hit helped the Falcons win the game.

  67. bkostela says: Sep 19, 2011 9:45 AM

    robinson definitely led with his helmet and furthermore made no attempt to wrap up – he was just going for the bit hit. therefore he totally deserves a fine and maybe even a suspension. however, when maclin got his head around, he crouched down about a foot to ready for the impact. it didn’t appear that robinson was aiming high this time, although since he led with his helmet it is inexcusable and he is to be held accountable.

  68. hcf95688 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:46 AM

    It LOOKED worse than it really was. If this hit was as bad as Collingsworth and all the Eagles cry babies insist, why didn’t Maclin get hurt?

  69. briank1ne says: Sep 19, 2011 9:51 AM

    looked worse than it was or not it was very apparent that he tried to spear with his head. what a piece of trash.

  70. kleahy82486 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:56 AM

    Maclin didn’t get hurt cause he got his head out of the way just in time if you actually watched it which im guessing you didnt maclin moves his head right before the hit otherwise he’s taking that square in the side of the head instead of the side of the facemask

  71. hcf95688 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:59 AM

    “Maclin didn’t get hurt cause he got his head out of the way…”

    So that takes away the “defensless player” assertion. Right?

  72. halo81 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:00 AM

    Legal hit? Dunta, you left your feet AND went helmet to helmet.

    The only idiots who think it was legal are the people here that didn’t watch the game and see the picture above where his shoulder is nailing Maclin’s head after he’s already cracked helmets with him.

    That was a brutal shot.

    It was a suspension shot, not a fine shot. He’s done this numerous times and then after he did it he continued to try and start crap on the field.

  73. kleahy82486 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:10 AM

    Who said he was defenseless in the first place? The issue is leading with your helmet nobody in there right mind would say he was defenseless

  74. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:15 AM

    Eagles fans are pissing and moaning? What a surprise

  75. detruthhurts says: Sep 19, 2011 10:17 AM

    Waaaaahhhhh, dem bad ol falcons tried to hurt us, Waaaahhhhh

  76. pfatl says: Sep 19, 2011 10:32 AM

    Wow, some of you must be blind.

    First, Maclin was just about to pivot and spin away from the contact which, it appeared to me, was the only thing that saved him from being seriously hurt. That move caused it to be somewhat more of a glancing blow rather than what Robinson intended.

    For those who say Robinson didn’t “launch,” if you watch the video, both feet were on the ground at the moment of impact, yes. However, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t launching. It only means he was early in the process when he launched. He drove through maclin’s chin in an upward fashion and both feet left the ground, i.e., he launched into him.

    Lastly, he led with the crown of his helmet. The only thing that allowed the shoulder any contact was maclin’s pivot. In other words, Robinson led with his helmet and because he wasnt looking where he was going, almost missed maclin.

    Also, comparing the jenkins hit to Robinson? Really? Jenkins’ hit should have been flagged but it wasn’t dirty, it was incidental. he went up to try and swat the throw (legal), and the physicsw brought the bottom of jenkins facemask made contact with the top of ryan’s helmet. Apples and oranges with Robinson.

  77. anpsteel says: Sep 19, 2011 10:34 AM

    I think he’ll get a fine, but —

    Robinson, who I’m no fan of, lowered his shoulder. As part of that process he automatically lowered his head. It seems fairly clear his intent was to hit Maclin with his shoulder- which did happen, but he also hit Maclin with his helmet- when Maclin was positioning himself to take the hit.

    The only thing potentially “illegal” about that hit was that Robinson was going in head high. The helmet to helmet was incidental.

  78. espfdps says: Sep 19, 2011 10:36 AM

    @ jpb12

    Didnt every player hate goodell in the offseason?!?!

    @nflofficeadm

    Dude dont comment unless you watched the game. I Love tough, physical, james harrison/dawkins football. This however is stupid on dunta’s part because he could get hurt and the most intentional helmet to helmet hit ive ever seen!

  79. n0hopeleft says: Sep 19, 2011 10:38 AM

    The city of Philadelphia is SOFT.

  80. ninjapleazee says: Sep 19, 2011 10:39 AM

    not an Eagles fan.. but NBC replayed that hit from every angle in the game.. even in slow motion.. Robinson flew in the EXACT same way he did last year against Jackson.. with his HELMET… it’s clear as daylight.. for everyone who’s claiming he lead with his shoulder, you need to buy better quality tv’s

  81. pixelito says: Sep 19, 2011 10:39 AM

    Oh, I love when Andy whines about his QB’s getting hurt…. Perfectly legal hit, and there’s plenty more coming next week ;)

  82. richm2256 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:53 AM

    Just watched this replay several times on youtube ….

    I don’t have a dog in this fight, so with no bias I’ll say that Robinson CLEARLY led with his head, wasn’t even THINKING about tackling Maclin. Helmet to helmet, hit him square in the facemask. No doubt about it, and he should be fined MORE for even suggesting it wasn’t.

    If Robinson was looking to tackle Maclin, then why did he tuck his arm IN, instead of reaching for the wrap?

    Clearly Robinson has learned NOTHING from his fine last year for the hit on Jackson, and apparently his coaches haven’t gotten through to him either. He’s lucky that he didn’t cripple BOTH of them.

    $50,000 fine and a four game suspension. Dead serious. This guy’s going to kill somebody – and himself – playing like this, and he needs to GET THE MESSAGE.

    I’ll even go for a $50,000 fine for the Head Coach, for not getting the message strongly enough to the position coach to teach Robinson to knock this crap out and tackle LEGALLY.

  83. rdrdrs58 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:54 AM

    I have no problem with Dunta “launching”, its the fact that he went in HEAD FIRST, HEAD DOWN and with BOTH arms folded in. If he goes in with his head up and arms in position to perform an actual TACKLE, then there would be no problem. Here’s the thing, if players STOPPED trying to go in with just their shoulders or throwing their body into someone without the intent to WRAP UP and TACKLE, we’d see less penalties, potentially less injury, and we’d see BETTER TACKLING ….

  84. joetoronto says: Sep 19, 2011 10:54 AM

    That’s as dirty a hit as you’ll ever see in the NFL. He lead with his head and his arms are nowhere to be seen.

    Forget the fine, throw this mofo out of the league.

  85. lbdpatch says: Sep 19, 2011 10:57 AM

    Eagles can beat the giants with andy reid at quarterback. Nobodys crying in philly. League rules states players with possible concussions have to be checked out. Nobody In philly is calling it a bad hit..

  86. eaglesblow says: Sep 19, 2011 10:59 AM

    Jesse Holley > Vince Papale

  87. laramsfan003 says: Sep 19, 2011 11:01 AM

    Sounds like Mr. Robinson has had one too many head on collisions. Someone might need to ask him if hears birds singing. Those are not tweets from Twitter Dunta!

  88. contract says: Sep 19, 2011 11:05 AM

    That WAS a legal hit. Maclin had established possession, took 2 steps, and braced himself for impact before he got clobbered.

    What was illegal hit is what Cullen Jenkins did to Matt Ryan, and that didn’t even get flagged.

  89. alreggie says: Sep 19, 2011 11:14 AM

    It was obvious that he was trying to break up the pass by launching his head at Maclin’s chin. Maclin saw it coming but momentum is carrying him into the defender. Still defenseless in my opinion. Robinson needs to sit for 2 games and not get paid. He should have been ejected as well. Oh yeah, terrible defender anyway.

  90. pfatl says: Sep 19, 2011 11:33 AM

    It was a spear. Defenselessness is irrelevant.

  91. olcap says: Sep 19, 2011 11:49 AM

    The most glaring question here is, why hasn’t the NFL stated that leading with the helmet, and striking an opponent with your helmet, will be met with an automatic ejection?

    More proof that, when it comes to injuries and realistic ways of enforcing rules meant to ensure player safety, the NFL is nothing but hot Goodell air.

  92. lbdpatch says: Sep 19, 2011 11:50 AM

    contract Is a Idiot. Jenkins should have got a penality but It was not Intentional like Robinsons hit. He should be kicked out of the league before he kills someone.

  93. rgledz says: Sep 19, 2011 11:57 AM

    The Eagles are complaining??? Don’t they have a guy named Asante in their locker room that’s known to do the same thing? Can we say pot meet kettle……

  94. colombian9kid says: Sep 19, 2011 12:30 PM

    Dear Eagles fans,

    my condolences on having a TERRIBLE COACH. No one in the history of the NFL has done less with more than Andy Reid. You could put Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Adrian Peterson on the Eagles and Andy Reid would still find a way to mess it all up. I’m sorry but your team will get nowhere with this mindless idiot as your coach.

    Not challenging the non-interception? Horrible play calling in the fourth quarter and playing not to lose? Huh?

    Embarassing
    ____________________________________________________________

    If the refs didn’t get the call right how the f do you expect reid to see that shhh from the sidelines. That call has to come from the guys upstairs. If they dont tell him to challenge, he wont and I done blame him. Shut up and think

  95. jkaflagg says: Sep 19, 2011 12:56 PM

    Always amazing when people who have never played the game and have NO IDEA WHATSOVER what it’s like to function on an incredibly fast and violent NFL field give advice to NFL players on how they should react in that split second they have to make a play…….it’s a lot easier to say : “he should have gone low” or “he should have just tripped him” when Al and Chris slow it down on TV……Fact is, receivers running full speed across the field need to be hit hard, that’s always been part of the game, and maybe Maclin dropped that last one because he was looking for the hit…….

    That said……I agree that Robinson should be fined, and I’m sure that Goodell will leap at the chance to suspend a “repeat offender” to flex the NFL muscles……my own take is that Robinson was mostly using the shoulder; but the head is right there attached to the shoulder, and he got the helmet under the chin, which is against the rules……unless you are Cullen Jenkins, of course.

    Again, just my opinion…..

  96. chicks63 says: Sep 19, 2011 1:03 PM

    Dunta should be fined but Cullen Jenkins definitely intended to do harm as he actually was looking forward and lunged upward to ensure helmet to helmet contact.

  97. mitchrog says: Sep 19, 2011 1:39 PM

    Falcons fan here and it was obviously an illegal hit, but almost as offensive is how this guy gets torched every week. He gets thrown at more often than a stray dog, and is about as useful on the field.

  98. jdbaker1860 says: Sep 19, 2011 1:40 PM

    Fly eagles fly. 100 million on a guy that has 3 turnovers in game show how smart this organization is. Nuff said about that. Second, don’t worry your schedule is very soft like your team. You play the NFC west worst in the league then the bills and dolphins. I mean you opened up against the rams. Wow.

  99. sdw2001 says: Sep 19, 2011 1:43 PM

    …whitey says:
    nflofficeadmin is 100% right …..this is a legal hit ….led with his shoulder …………these punks would have never survived in the 70′s when the game was real
    —————————

    But it wasn’t legal….not even close. Like it or not, it’s a different game than the 70s or even the 80s. It was dirty and illegal, and his second offense.

  100. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 19, 2011 1:46 PM

    It was clean. Eagle fans are swarming here, bitter because their puny WRs keep getting knocked out and they lost the game. No flag nor uproar about Jenkins, Cole and Asomugha all either hitting Ryan in the head (the former two) and Asomugha leading with the helmet on the VERY NEXT DRIVE. Not a peep from Collinsworth, Al or any of you armchair hacks here.

    SO EXPECTED.

  101. balewsquare says: Sep 19, 2011 1:49 PM

    Whether this is technically legal or not, it’s a dirty hit that needs to be out of the game. However, I don’t believe this is a “defenseless receiver” hit, so Maclin is to be treated as an RB on the play. I know you can hit an RB with your helmet, so that part IS legal. But the questionable part comes in when Dunta did nothing with his arms, not at all trying to tackle.

    I honestly don’t know this, but is this “spearing” action the one that is illegal.

    Either way, this type of hit needs to be gone.

  102. jessethegreat says: Sep 19, 2011 2:13 PM

    I would pay money to see him hit Ron-Dog Slayer-Mexico like that. Not because I hate Vick that much, but so it would F over everyone that took Vick 1st round of their ff drafts.

  103. pfatl says: Sep 19, 2011 2:20 PM

    Balewsquare:

    15 yard personal foul where tackler uses his helmet to ram, butt, or spear an opponent.

    15 yard penalty for any player who uses the top of his helmet unnecessarily.

    15 yard penalty (with ejection if flagrant) for striking opponent on head or neck with forearm, elbow, or hands whether or not the initial contact is made below the neck area. (not applicable but worthy of note).

    15 yard penalty (with ejection if flagrant) for malicious unnecessary roughness.

    Take your pick

  104. bigslizzle4twizzle says: Sep 19, 2011 3:48 PM

    I love how eagles fans are crying about it being a dirty hit! Didnt Eagles fans cheer when Irvin got injured and Boo Santa Claus???? For being some of the most ruthless fans in all of sports you definitley are whinning about this like a bunch of wimps. Its football guys!!! If Samuel Hit little Harry Douglas like that they would have been cheering and celebrating the hit. Maybe its such a BIG DEAL TO THEM because they LOST THE GAME!!!!

  105. boneszz says: Sep 19, 2011 4:09 PM

    I find it amusing that the article is titled “Eagles mad at Dunta…” It seems like DeSean and Maclin are taking a semi-relaxed stand on the subject.

  106. savannahrose44 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:12 PM

    Sorry Dunta but no. You set your feet and deliberately speared him with your helmet. In no way is that a legal hit and you deserve more than a penalty.

  107. philyeagles5 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:20 PM

    @NFLOFFICEADMIN:

    I’m not sure what you’re looking at man, but Dunta lowered his head and speared the receiver. You have no idea what Dunta’s “intention” was unless you’ve talked to him.

    I’m a huge “let the guys play” believer. It’s a violent sport. However, you can’t just lower your head and spear a person with your helmet.
    ==================================
    yeah. his arms went back and his went forward. pretty easy to see. i know its football, but we actually want to see the good players play, not sit on the sideline.

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