Titans vs. Jaguars Monday Night Football: DeSean Jackson "Helmet-to-Helmet" Hit?
The news ticker on ESPN's production of Monday Night Football has scrolled with news tonight about the alleged "helmet-to-helmet" hit by Atlanta's Dunta Robinson on Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson.
In a word, "Huh?"
Robinson's hit, though vicious, was as clean as contact can be despite leaving him and Jackson lying motionless on the turf. He led with his forearms and buried his helmet in Jackson's chest pads as the speedy receiver's head flopped backward faster than his body.
True, it resulted in a severe concussion and memory loss for Jackson—an unsettling consequence in the eyes of most onlookers and analysts. There's an argument to be made that defenders, despite the protection afforded them by the helmet, should be taught to keep their heads out of the tackle altogether.
Still, Robinson's knock shouldn't be lumped in with the thuggish headbutt thrown by New England's Brandon Meriweather on Sunday. One was the action of a physical football player, the other that of an unruly punk.
Such loose usage of the "helmet-to-helmet" designation by the media is one sign that this culture won't be able to police players' aggression without going too far and making football too soft.
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