Derek Barnett on hit on Jamaal Williams: I wasn’t trying to hurt anybody

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Derek Barnett said he felt badly that Packers running back Jamaal Williams had to be transported to the hospital. But the Eagles defensive end isn’t apologizing for his aggressive style of play.

“I’m going to have a penalty here and there,” Barnett said, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It is what it is. I’m not going to be tip-toeing out there, though.”

Barnett earned an unsportsmanlike penalty for his hit on Williams, which came on the Packers’ first play from scrimmage. He was not ejected and the league won’t suspend him, according to a report earlier Friday.

“I was running to the ball, and I didn’t hear a whistle,” Barnett said. “I went in and tried to tackle him because we’re playing football. I wasn’t trying to hurt anybody because it’s our livelihood, this is how we feed our families. So I don’t wish that upon nobody.”

Barnett had four tackles and a key strip-sack of Aaron Rodgers.

48 responses to “Derek Barnett on hit on Jamaal Williams: I wasn’t trying to hurt anybody

  1. Unfortunately injuries happen in pro football. I believe him when he said he didn’t hear the whistle. He was quite remorseful.

  2. Bad idea to come flying in like that when a guy is already wrapped up and being driven back. You’re just as likely to hit your own teammate(s) when you launch yourself at a scrum.

  3. I agree and think the NFL should limit his fine to a 100,000. He will hear the whistle the next time.
    He forgot to mention the rb was wrapped going n8weherwhen he slammed in there

  4. People have got to stop comparing sports plays to drunk drivers… it’s shameful & embarrassing not to mention down grades the severity of driving drunk.

  5. The whistle is not even part of the equation at this point. Williams was going no where and if you watch the play he sees him and ran his butt off to get involved and dove shoulder helmet into his head. There was no reason for that play whatsoever in anyway.
    Later in the QTR he tried the same thing on Adams over on a sideline catch. He was dirty all night. Go figure Schwartz is like Williams light when it comes to dirty play.

  6. “The whistle is not even part of the equation at this point. Williams was going no where and if you watch the play he sees him and ran his butt off to get involved and dove shoulder helmet into his head. There was no reason for that play whatsoever in anyway.
    Later in the QTR he tried the same thing on Adams over on a sideline catch.”

    Well stated!

  7. The NFL officiating is soooo inconsistent. Barnett should have been flagged and thrown out of the game for that hit. And he should be suspended for the duration that Williams is out.
    The Eagles had three flagrant illegal helmet-to-helmet hits in that game. Two on the Packers and one on their own player, who also had to be put on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.
    The NFL needs to hammer the Eagles for their dirty play in that game and warn them going forward that if they continue to do this stuff, Doug Pederson will be suspended and the owner fined big-time.
    Dirty play is dirty play and the Eagles were doing it in that game. The NFL should also fine the officials. They were horrible for both teams all night.

  8. The players legs were still moving as he was attempting to gain more yards, the defensive player did what he had to do and as a eagles fan I loved it

  9. Poor excuse. Regardless of whistle or no whistle, no respect for going after an opponents knees, nuts and/or hitting em high/low if the man is wrapped up by a teammate. Dirty play all the way, and fact that he refuses to apologize only further shows his lack of character. Don’t be surprised next time he does this, will happen again.

  10. Knock it off you morons. Football is a rough game and you know it. Your team does the same. How about hockey and boarding? Have you ever watched that.

  11. I’m sure there was no intent to injure, but it was still a reckless play that was unnecessary. Williams was wrapped up by TWO other guys and wasn’t going anywhere. No need to come flying in to cream the guy.

  12. willie jones says:
    September 27, 2019 at 6:55 pm
    The players legs were still moving as he was attempting to gain more yards, the defensive player did what he had to do and as a eagles fan I loved it

    Well good job letting everyone here know that you’re also a scumbag. The player’s legs were moving backwards towards the line of scrimmage because he was already wrapped up by 2 guys. The fact that you love it that a guy was carted off the field and had to go to the hospital is really a messed up thing to say. And if Barnett was actually trying to talking him as he says why did he hit him in the wrong direction? Why would you hit the guy downfield instead of just pulling him back towards the line of scrimmage. It’s simple, Barnett saw a guy being held up and he saw it as an easy opportunity to take a cheap shot and go right at the guys head. I’m curious if this was your kid playing high school football and you saw someone do that to him would you be sitting up in the bleachers saying “I love that hit”?

  13. For every person on here saying stupid things like “that’s football” and “don’t play if you can’t take a hit” etc…..how about we put a helmet on you and hit you with a baseball bat? How’d you like that? That’s basically what Barnett did, for absolutely no reason. I’m all for a good clean hit and I have nothing against hard shots on guys, but recklessly flying into a player that is already wrapped up is stupid and wrong. He should’ve been ejected. Those are the kind of hits the NFL spends hours and hours on telling us they want to remove from the game. SO REMOVE THEM!

  14. This is a Jim Swartz coached defense which means they look to hit the offensive player almost more than tackling them. That was an ugly play by a player who is not know for that kind of hit. Yes I think he should have been ejected because past history should not play a part of the ruling on the field. That being said, I had more issues regarding #52, Brown. He made multiple cheap shot plays and he deserved to be ejected more than Barnett.

  15. kmk1471 says:
    September 27, 2019 at 6:42 pm
    Barnett and the eagles are dirty players like the city they represent!

    ————————

    Aww did you get your feelings hurt in Philly one time??

    “No one likes us we don’t care”

  16. I love the dolts who say the rb was wrapped up going no where. Then explain how when an rb is wrapped up and an olineman comes charging in to drill the pile from behind for more yards or a TD is any better?!?! DOLTS.

  17. Lol there was no whistle blown on the play until after Barnett hit him. And everyone saying Barnett was dirty, he hit him with his shoulder. He didn’t lower his head & hit him with the crown of the helmet. Cam Newton routinely gets hit harder than that in the pocket & gets no calls. Stop crying. Vikings fans are right about you cry baby cheese slobs. Your defense & head coach just got exposed last night. Lol.

  18. kmk1471 says:
    September 27, 2019 at 6:42 pm
    Barnett and the eagles are dirty players like the city they represent!
    —–

    Since the eagles are “dirty” players, then you should easily be able to give 10 instances, shoot even 5, that can back up your argument. I think odds are you’re probably just an eagle hater within the same division or just a bitter fan who hasn’t gotten over a particular loss to philly. Yes I agree he should have held up. However, these kind of plays happen in almost every single game, including your favorite team.

  19. He made a mistake; he’ll be fined. It was an emotional game for the Pigeons, he got caught up in it and lost his head. If he does it again, then we can label him as being a “dirty player”.

  20. A lot of football fans didnt get the memo only playing high school football makes you a novice. You cant lower shoulders without head coming down too.

  21. First of all, the players are taught to play until the whistle. There was no whistle until after the hit.

    If it were me out there and I had a chance to slam into someone to try and cause a fumble, you can bet I’m doing it until the refs blow the play dead.

    Who cares if he was “not going anywhere?” The play wasn’t over and he wasn’t downed.

  22. packrule says:
    September 27, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    The whistle is not even part of the equation at this point. Williams was going no where and if you watch the play he sees him and ran his butt off to get involved and dove shoulder helmet into his head. There was no reason for that play whatsoever in anyway.
    Later in the QTR he tried the same thing on Adams over on a sideline catch. He was dirty all night. Go figure Schwartz is like Williams light when it comes to dirty play.
    ——
    When you get off your high horse maybe you’ll realize the RB was still trying to break free and was playing hard. Tell your players to stop fighting for more yards after contact and then you can have that stance about he was wrapped up.

    You need to watch that Adams play again and see that the reporter you listened to is full of BS, including his snark comment that Barrnett gave a fake apology to the RB.

    Packers fans are salty as hell after taking that L. Making excuses because Rodgers and the defense failed them.

  23. The NFL should just ban players from trying to knock a ball loose.
    Just back off and let the offensive player have the ball.
    I love 50-42 games.
    Not.

    Yawn.

    Fine and penalty , ok.
    Ejection? Thats nonsense. Many hits are far worse.

  24. mountie97 says:
    September 27, 2019 at 7:57 pm
    I love the dolts who say the rb was wrapped up going no where. Then explain how when an rb is wrapped up and an olineman comes charging in to drill the pile from behind for more yards or a TD is any better?!?!
    ___________

    Barnett came from behind the LOS to drill Williams, so he clearly wasn’t worried him getting a yard or two more.

  25. mountie97 says:
    September 27, 2019 at 7:57 pm
    I love the dolts who say the rb was wrapped up going no where. Then explain how when an rb is wrapped up and an olineman comes charging in to drill the pile from behind for more yards or a TD is any better?!?! DOLTS.

    That’s the best comparison you could come up with? An OL isn’t going into the pile and singling out one particular player and going helmet to helmet with him. He’s not trying to hurt anyone. Ironically he’s trying to hit his own player forward to gain more yards. If you seriously don’t understand the difference between the two you probably don’t understand the difference between a first down and a touchdown

  26. Hey Terrystown- don’t forget to put them in shoulder pads & shoot them with a gun!!!
    Football players tackling each other (even head to head violent hits) is nothing like hitting someone over the head with a bat.
    If you ever strapped it on even once you’d know that.

  27. It was a bs hit, he can spin it however he wants, Williams was wrapped up and he led with his helmet. I do not think he was trying to injure him but what exactly is the difference? Do you think williams cares about what he felt?

  28. Apparently this guy is too dumb to know that his hit was completely dirty and he was trying to hurt an opposing player.

    I mean, does he really think we are as dumb as he is? It’s embarrassing.

  29. mountie97 says:
    September 27, 2019 at 9:00 pm
    A lot of football fans didnt get the memo only playing high school football makes you a novice. You cant lower shoulders without head coming down too.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Your point is; spearing is unavoidable?

  30. Stellar: no the point is the crown of the helmet can and should be taken out, but when you lower shoulders head follows no way around it. The real thing to donis keep head up facemask at the person so you can move head to one side. To call any helmet contact as a PF and dirty is from people who have never played football. Just like goodell, blandino, and perreria.

  31. Roger Goodell was a very good high school football player and would have played college football, but injuries prevented it.

    You should probably stop posting about things you know nothing about. That will pretty much end your postings here.👌

    Toodle lu👋

  32. >> mountie97 says: To call any helmet contact as a PF and dirty is from people who have never played football. <<

    So by your "logic", I need to kill somebody to have an opinion about murder.
    And unless you've got CTE, then your opinion on the topic of helmet-to-helmet also doesn't matter.

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