Walt Coleman: Michael Bennett went low into QB’s knees with force

AP

Eagles defensive lineman Michael Bennett was penalized for roughing Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins in the second quarter and the Vikings went on to score a touchdown a couple of plays later that extended their lead to 17-3 at halftime.

Bennett was flagged because he hit Cousins low, but it appeared that Bennett was blocked into Cousins by tight end Kyle Rudolph, but referee Walt Coleman said after the game that Rudolph did not change Bennett’s “direction” before the hit.

“He went low into the quarterback’s knees with his shoulder, with force,” Coleman said to pool reporter Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia. “And the rule is that you cannot hit the quarterback low at the knee area or below with force. He got him there with his shoulder, so that’s what I had as far as roughing the passer.”

Bennett did not speak to reporters after the 23-21 loss that dropped the Eagles’ record to 2-3.

60 responses to “Walt Coleman: Michael Bennett went low into QB’s knees with force

  1. With force? No. No he didn’t and he was already low, he didn’t “go in” low. Lousy call

  2. Interested to see how the NFL—and not just Walt Coleman—distinguishes this one. In my opinion, that call is grounds for the NFL to be be mercilessly mocked moving forward. Garbage.

  3. What? Bennett with another cheap shot? Say it ain’t so…how’s the wheel chair lady doing be accosted during the super bowl? How’s he still playing awaiting that, But Kendricks is suspended? What about his story in Vegas where he ran from cops and yelled racism from the rooftops until video of him came out? Karma is real…

  4. Didn’t think it was a penalty, but he does deserve some sort of punishment for those goofy looking junior high shoulder pads.

  5. Thought it was a lousy call, but no worse than the roughing penalty on Sendejo late in game. Couple guys on the NFLs blacklist getting flagged for what they are known for.

  6. I get it that he has a history of dirty play, and dirty off field behavior. But honestly I did think he was blocked into him or at least coming off a block falling that way. I did not see him launch himself at the knees. The league does have video they can review and respond to as they see fit. But my own thoughts are that despite my misgivings about Bennett or his history this specific incident was not something Im ready to indict him over.

  7. I am a die-hard Vikings fan and that was a horrible call. It was a perfectly legitimate tackle. No ands, ifs, or buts about it. That being said, the Vikings have been historically on the short-end of this type of officiating. I wish every call could be challenged. In this case, it would have benefited the Eagles. In many other cases, the Vikings would benefit.

  8. Not even close to dirty, and not “with force”.

    The NFL continues to attempt to gaslight fans by telling us the that things didn’t occur in the way that we clearly saw it.

    Walt Coleman is a liar.

  9. Bennet got jobbed.
    He rushed, jostled by DL, slipped a bit, continued to pursue, started to fall forward, DL pushes him, then as Bennet continues to fall down, DL hands to back push.
    Bennet reaches to grab legs as he falls on the ground.

    At this point, I have to ask: what the hell is he supposed to do? Not touch the QB?

    He holds onto the legs, the QB starts to fall and lands on Bennet and the ground.

    The charge “roughing the passer” is utter hooey.

  10. Cousins had a lot of uncalled hits to the head throughout the game that weren’t called, so I guess it evens out. Your fairy tale season was last year Eagles fans. Enjoy the return to mediocrity.

  11. raymondmac says:
    October 7, 2018 at 9:37 pm
    Bennet got jobbed.
    He rushed, jostled by DL, slipped a bit, continued to pursue, started to fall forward, DL pushes him, then as Bennet continues to fall down, DL hands to back push.
    Bennet reaches to grab legs as he falls on the ground.

    At this point, I have to ask: what the hell is he supposed to do? Not touch the QB?

    He holds onto the legs, the QB starts to fall and lands on Bennet and the ground.

    The charge “roughing the passer” is utter hooey

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    Let me guess, you’re a eagle fan.

  12. If you watch the replay you can see Bennett started falling when he went around Rudolph…. Rudolph did not block him onto the QB. But, there are questionable calls and non-calls in every game.

  13. When I saw it I thought it was a penalty and when I saw the replays I thought it was a penalty.

    That doesn’t mean it should’ve been a penalty but I think here we have to make the distinction between coming into the legs low from the front or side versus from the back. The knees bend with the hit when it’s from the back so the risk of injury is a lot lower and I think the NFL should make that distinction which would’ve made this not a penalty. But as the rule stands it’s clearly a penalty.

  14. a BS call he was pushed into him what the hell was he supposed to do? it was not a cheap hit that was a flag. just another bad call from alot of bad calls during the day in the nfl its really getting bad!!!

  15. This wasn’t the ref’s fault. He interpreted the rule correctly. There was a similarly ridiculous play in the Falcons/Steelers game. There was also a totally nonsense unnecessary roughness penalty on Sendejo in the endzone at the end of the game…and I’m an Eagles fan.

    The problem is the rules are just horrendous and the fault lies with the owners who knowingly approve this junk. Those pansy billionaires just want to rack up points for ratings and defenses are totally powerless. They can only cover guys if they don’t touch anyone. They can only rush guys if they don’t touch anyone. They can only tackle guys between the belly button and the left nipple.

    Football is a violent game…always has been and always will be. If the owners wanted to avoid injuries, they should have bought a socer team instead, where all the injuries come with Oscars.

  16. This IGGLE FANS is what a ONE YEAR DYNASTY looks like. You got Two huge calls in the Super Bowl, loved em then, suck on it now!!

  17. The hit was actually at the thigh when it began, then he slid down. It wasn’t a penalty.

    And yes, there was an incidental hit to the head of Cousins. It was on the 68 yard pass play to Thielen.

    No, the penalties didn’t even out in the game. It’s something Vikings’ fans seem to enjoy saying in order to minimize their fouls. Many (not all) Vikings’ fans watch the games with such a bias toward the referee calls regarding the opposing team, yet won’t hold their team to the same standards.

    For instance, they like to call certain players dirty, but when Anthony Barr has racked up $60,000 plus in fines over the last 2 years for an unsportsmanlike foul on Celek in the playoffs, head-butting Davante Adams, and a horse-collar tackle on Charles Sims in 2017, and then a face-mask and a horse-collar tackle in 2018, he’s not considered dirty.

  18. patriotwayrules says:
    October 7, 2018 at 10:40 pm
    This IGGLE FANS is what a ONE YEAR DYNASTY looks like. You got Two huge calls in the Super Bowl, loved em then, suck on it now!!

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    41-33, suck that…

  19. frank booth
    Oct 7, 2018, 9:44 PM CDT
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    You find any time to watch the Packers, or just to break down film on Barr? Also, what is a “incidental hit to the head”?

  20. John Wayne’s Brother’s Cousin’s Milk Man
    Oct 7, 2018, 10:54 PM EDT
    patriotwayrules says:
    October 7, 2018 at 10:40 pm
    This IGGLE FANS is what a ONE YEAR DYNASTY looks like. You got Two huge calls in the Super Bowl, loved em then, suck on it now!!

    _______________

    41-33, suck that…

    It’s ok. At the rate your team is going it’s only going to take another 240 years for you guys to get to that 5th Championship. Don’t worry though I’m sure the time will “fly” by

  21. frank booth
    Oct 7, 2018, 9:44 PM CDT
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    You find any time to watch the Packers, or just to break down film on Barr? Also, what is a “incidental hit to the head”?
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    No. I’m not a Packer fan so I didn’t watch the game. Nor did I have to break down any game film on Barr. You know that he’s dirty but you just dismiss it. And you know that Bennett’s tackle started above the knees, and you ignore it. If it was a Viking getting flagged for the same hit on Wentz, you’d be up in arms.

    Incidental, as in not deliberate. No one said it wasn’t a penalty.

    Try to be objective in your viewing.

  22. Oh how original. That’s right up there with the infantile and bitter Pats fans still bitching over the SB loss.

  23. LOL it’s funny how the bird brains are thinking this is what lost it. Little do they realize they lucked out and got 6 points off the board from Bailey… this shouldn’t have even made a difference. They got beat every which way, especially the first half; it was pure domination. Second half they woke up a bit, but it was too late; they didn’t deserve the win.

  24. @patriotwayrules says:

    This IGGLE FANS is what a ONE YEAR DYNASTY looks like. You got Two huge calls in the Super Bowl, loved em then, suck on it now!!
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    Tuck rule and Brady rule.

  25. The refs will call/make up BS penalties on teams depending on the point spread, over/under and playoff races. The NYC office will ensure it.

    PS I would not bet single games anymore!

  26. Again, I understand that the league doesn’t want to see replays of Turkey Jones taking out Terry Bradshaw, but that call on Bennett (just like one in the Steelers game) was ridiculous. If Bennett had actually taken out his legs, then fine, but Cousins barely moved and certainly didn’t act like the hit was beyond the pale. I’m glad that the NFL’s ratings are going up, but good grief, stuff like this is just going to turn off a lot of people. Does no one use common sense anymore?

  27. Bad Call. They will call it all year but in the playoffs it will happen right in front of the ref and he will be looking right at it and do nothing. That ref will be named Pete Morelli. He’s corrupt and can be bought. The Saints only have 10 years of payments on the 20 yr deal they made with him.

  28. NFL is not for long when a defensive player has no alternative when falling down but avoid touching the quarterback. It’s all a plot by the soccer leagues to eliminate the competition. The fans are voting with their feet.

  29. He didn’t even hit him low. The initial contact was at, or maybe JUST below, the waste. Literally right where he is supposed to hit him. He then slid down and grabbed his legs (he had so little “force” when he hit him in the back, that Cousins barely moved from a hit he didn’t see coming)

    That being said, the Eagles lost because the offensive line, defensive backs, and coaching were terrible. Just like earlier this year.

    Even though this cost them at least 4 points (assuming both that the Eagles wouldn’t of given up the first on 3rd and 20, AND the Vikings hit the FG), and it was only a 3 point game, it was not the reason they lost. They played uninspired football, and the Vikings beat them is why they lost

    Doesn’t mean it wasn’t an awful call. Of all the terrible roughing the QB calls that have happened already this year, this one if by far the worst

  30. He hit him on the hip, and then the force that is gravity caused him to fall to the surface of the field. He did pass by the knees on the way there.

  31. @ sumkat

    Clearly you did NOT see the play or the game.
    The contact BEGAN below the knees and continued down by grabbing the ankles and pulling him down.
    NEVER did he make contact above the waist.

    This was never a roughing the passer in the pre- Aaron Rodgers rule world to protect QBs, but it is now.

    Deal with it. Don’t like it, don’t hit QBs low.

  32. You might want to watch the play again. His hand is at or above his knee- his shoulders hit him in the butt or thighs as he goes into him. That’s where the main impact is. He’s falling as he goes into him and his body slides down. Then he just sits there and holds his feet. Doesn’t even really twist them or anything. It’s about as gentle a sack as you’ll see.

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