Tag:Dunta Robinson
Posted on: November 7, 2010 10:39 am
Edited on: November 7, 2010 10:40 am

DeSean deal could come 'sooner than later'

Posted by Will Brinson

DeSean Jackson sought a new deal after last season's duel Pro Bowl appearance -- he was on a very similar path as Chris Johnson, becoming an elite player in the NFL during his rookie deal and seeking additional money before a potential lockout.

Jackson, however, declined to make a lot of noise out of training camp and instead showed up and played football with no additional cash in hand.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer believes that Jackson's recent concussion (cause on the play in which Dunta Robinson knocked him unconscious) may help expedite a deal -- and that it could come "sooner rather than later."

McLane points out that the Eagles like November as a month to give new money (both Brent Celek and Winston Justice got deals from the Eagles then), and it would go a long way to comforting Jackson, who Philadelphia believes is a long-term answer at wide receiver.

That also means you shouldn't expect to see too much of Jackson being put in harm's way, at least until he gets a new deal or some sort of restructured cash.

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 1:28 pm

DeSean Jackson, Dunta Robinson both practicing

Posted by Will Brinson

DeSean Jackson and Dunta Robinson were both involved in one of the more memorable collisions in recent NFL history -- and one that sparked plenty of discussion about concussions (and some hefty fines for certain players).

After two weeks (one game missed due to injury, one bye each), it appears that both players are likely to return on Sunday.

Andy Reid stated Wednesday, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Enquirer, that Jackson has passed all of his concussion tests and that he will practice on Wednesday, though he's not yet guaranteed to play Sunday.

Robinson is in a similar boat -- he's back at practice and expects to play Sunday, barring some sort of setback.

"Yes. I'm ready to play," Robinson said Wednesday, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I just have make sure that I get this good week of practice in."

Both players are pretty critical to their team's success -- aside the fact that they're clearly stars on their respective rosters, Robinson's absence dramatically alters the makeup of the Falcons secondary, while DeSean's combination of skills as a receiver and returner are almost unrivaled by anyone else in the league.

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 12:24 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2010 1:03 pm

League meeting to discuss disciplining Ernie Sims

Posted by Will Brinson

Week 7 of NFL action was all happy, shiny and not full of helmet-to-helmet hits -- the league praised all the players and everyone was full of hugs. Turns out though, it wasn't everyone -- CBS Sports' Charley Casserly noted on The NFL Today that Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims laid a filthy dirty hit against a defenseless Titans player on Sunday (film backs that up).

And Casserly says the league is meeting this week to discuss how to discipline Sims. Given that Brandon Meriweather, James Harrison and Dunta Robinson got tagged with $50,000-plus fines, it seems like a good bet that Sims will get nailed with a large fine and, quite likely, a suspension.

That's just our making a presumption of course, but it seems logical given the way in which the league cracked down on helmet-to-helmet hits two weeks ago.

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Posted on: October 27, 2010 12:05 am

DeSean Jackson 'up in the air' for Week 8?

Posted by Will Brinson

DeSean Jackson, according to Andy Reid, passed his first concussion test on Monday, meaning he's definitely on track to play in Week 9 for the Eagles.

Er, change that to "definitely maybe," as he's apparently still feeling the effects of the monster Dunta Robinson hit against the Falcons, and, according to Jackson on Comcast SportsNet's Daily News Live, he's still dealing with headaches and described the hit as "like a car accident," before adding that he was really "feeling tired."

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that Jackson's status for Sunday is still "up in the air" and that he's still "very sore."

During the offseason, Jackson made a public statement regarding his willingness to sit if he didn't feel right after a concussion -- Marty Mornhinweg apparently questioned his toughness and Jackson reminded him a banged up brain doesn't bounce back like a banged up shoulder. Which is to say that Jackson's willing to sit out if he doesn't feel completely healthy and thinks he could seriously endanger his health.

This seems especially probable when you consider that he's still waiting on a new contract from the Eagles.

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 11:39 am
Edited on: October 24, 2010 11:50 am

Week 7 NFC Inactives

Posted by Will Brinson

Here are some notable ACTIVES for Week 7: 49ers CB Nate Clements is "in uniform," Panthers WR Steve Smith, Redskins TE Chris Cooley.

And now, the inactives you should note.

- Dunta Robinson, CB, Falcons - Robinson made big news last week with his hit on DeSean Jackson and the subsequent monster fine. That hit will keep him out against Cincinnati, which means the Falcons are even more vulnerable to the big play than normal.

- Michael Vick, QB, Eagles - Vick's the QB3, which means he'll only play in an emergency. This is the smart move by the Eagles -- if they can win with Kevin Kolb and get to the bye and get everyone healthy, they're a better team for it.

- DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles -- Ha. Almost forgot, because it was so obvious -- but Jackson won't play for the Eagles, which hurts Kolb in terms of having weapons.

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 5:42 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 6:04 pm

NFL system for fines is outrageously unfair

Posted by Andy Benoit

Of the three players nailed by the NFL’s financial hammer Tuesday – James Harrison, Dunta Robinson and Brandon Meriweather – one was hit significantly harder than the other two. And no, it wasn’t Harrison, even though his fine of $75,000 was a full $25,000 more than the fines issued to the defensive backs.B. Meriweather (US Presswire)

The player hit the hardest was Meriweather – big time, in fact. Why? Harrison is making $3.55 million in 2010. Robinson is making $5 million this season. Meriweather? He’s making just $550,000 this season (plus a $150,000 workout bonus).

This in mind, Meriweather’s fine was about 10 times more damaging than the other two players’ fines. That’s not right.

The NFL can fix this by changing fines from a flat rate to a percentage a player’s salary. This change is a MUST if the NFL is going to be heavily fining players for safety issue violations. Think about it: Meriweather now has a serious deterrent from delivering an illegal hit. After all, he just lost 10 percent of his 2010 base pay. But what is Robinson’s deterrent? He lost a mere one percent of his base pay.

Perhaps the threat of suspension will be an equalizer and enough of a deterrent. But still, it’s plain unfair that Meriweather takes 10 times the financial ding that Robinson does. And this happens all the time in the NFL. Undrafted rookies are fined the same amount as superstar veterans when it comes to celebration violations, uniform infractions, ill-timed tweets, etc. Essentially, the NFL is using flat tax principles when it could be using progressive tax principles.

Because of front-loaded contracts and signing bonuses, fining players based on their salary in the current year probably wouldn’t work. But the league could base fines around the guaranteed money of a player’s contract. So, instead of simply fining a player $50,000, the league would fine him, say, 0.5 percent of his guaranteed money (or whatever percent is deemed appropriate). To keep with this example, a $50,000 fine would be issued to a player making $10 million guaranteed. The league and NFLPA are already negotiating a new CBA – add this to the agenda.

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 10:16 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 10:39 am

Ray Anderson: 'We are not changing any rules'

Posted by Will Brinson

Anyone paying attention to professional football this weekend noticed a plethora of big (or, if you prefer, "devastating," which Ray Anderson may or may not, depending on which ESPN personality he's talking to) hits that resulted in the league announcing that it would begin to suspend players for these big hits.

This news, which Andy and I predicted recently, was met with relatively widespread acceptance, although if NFL VP of Football Operations Ray Anderson is to be understood, it's not actually a change from what the league's been doing thus far.

"We are not changing any rules, just enforcing the existing rules to protect our players," Ray Anderson said on ESPN's Radio "Mike & Mike."

Technically, that's correct -- the NFL and its officials have the power to suspend players and eject them from games for "egregious" hits, respectively. But neither party has done a spectacular job of enforcement thus far. According to Anderson, that will change now.

"I don't know where the word 'devastating' came from -- that's not my word," Anderson said. "What I would say is that  if there are flagrant and egregious [violations] of the rules, we will be enforcing immediately discipline at a higher level. 

We need to get our players firmly in line with the current rules and that's what our intentions are effective immediately."

(Quickly: Anderson supposedly used "devastating" in talking to Chris Mortenson on Monday night, then he denied using it -- see above, then Mort said on SportsCenter that Anderson DID use it. Just to catch you up.)

And that's the key: the NFL wants the players to get in line, and that doesn't just apply to intentions. In fact, Anderson said that intent wouldn't be considered the primary concern, while instead stressing the importance of "liability" on the part of the tackling player.

In other words, James Harrison is responsible for adjusting his pad level to Mohamed Massaquoi, when Massaquoi, as the ballcarrier, drops the ball. Brandon Meriweather's "hit" (read: headbutt) on Todd Heap was considered "egregious" by Anderson, and that's good news -- even without the NFL's policy shift, the Patriots safety escaping sans fine would be shocking.

Perhaps the most interesting case is with Dunta Robinson and DeSean Jackson. Robinson's intention, at least interpreted by 90 percent of the people watching and involved with the game, weren't malicious, even if the result was "illegal." But Anderson said that doesn't matter.

"Yes, it was a bang-bang play ... but at the end of the day it was still illegal under the rules," Anderson said of Robinson's hit.

In other words, the NFL is far more concerned with taking the letter of the law (which is currently established under the league's rules) and making sure to enforce it.

" "We're not going to be apologetic, we're not going to be defensive about it," Anderson said.

That's not a surprising attitude from the NFL -- and in this situation, it's appropriate -- but the challenge won't come with the backlash towards the NFL's attitude. The problem will come with the backlash to the NFL's enforcement on and off the field for these hits.

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 2:00 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2010 5:03 pm

Big collision sends DeSean to locker room

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson and Falcons CB Dunta Robinson left the game after an absolutely scary collision between the two early in the second quarter.

Jackson was trying to corral a pass from Eagles QB Kevin Kolb when Robinson smashed him with one of the harder football hits you’ll ever see. Both immediately went to the ground and remained on the turf for several minutes.

Both eventually walked off the field with assistance from trainers to relieved applause from the Philadelphia crowd.

Jackson - who was diagnosed with a head injury and will not return to the game - had been phenomenal in the first quarter, totaling 78 yards and both of Philadelphia’s touchdowns (one rushing and one receiving).

Robinson was assessed a 15-yard personal foul penalty on the play, though replays showed the hit was not helmet to helmet.  

UPDATE (2:10 p.m.): Robinson also has a head injury, and his return is questionable.  

UPDATE (5:02 p.m.): Eagles coach Andy Reid said Jackson has sustained a concussion.

Video is courtesy of Hayes Permar.

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