Maclin/Jackson not happy with Robinson; Castillo speaks
ATLANTA -- Dunta Robinson could be receiving one of those FedEx envelopes the NFL sends to players notifying them that they have been fined.
The Falcons cornerback delivered what appeared to be a helmet-to-helmet blow to Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin that drew a personal foul penalty in the Eagles' Sunday night loss to Atlanta. Robinson, if you recall, knocked out DeSean Jackson last season. He was fined for that hit, although many viewed it as a legal tackle.
"He's two for two now," Maclin said. "Fortunately, it wasn't as bad as Jack's was last year. I guess we'll see what Roger Goodell has in store for him."
Jackson didn't think too much of Robinson's hit on Maclin.
"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."
Robinson said that he didn't expect to get fined.
"I felt that it was a legal hit even though I was penalized in that instance," Robinson said. "Again, I feel strongly that there will not be any further repercussion."
Maclin had a great game, catching 13 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns, but the receiver dropped a fourth down pass from Mike Kafka late in the game that he said he should have caught.
"I wish I could tell you, man," Maclin said of the drop. "I don't know."
Approximately an hour after the game Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo finally emerged from the coaches room in the visitors' locker room at the Georgia Dome to address just a handful of reporters.
Castillo's defense allowed 35 points -- 14 of them coming in the fourth quarter with the Eagles ahead ten points -- after the unit held the Rams to 13 points in the opener.
"I think being a defensive coordinator you have to understand right now that when you win you take the good. Everybody said you did a good job," Castillo said. "When you lose, obviously you didn't do the job that you needed to do because it's about winning the game."
The big blow came on a 61-yard run by Falcons running back Michael Turner in the fourth quarter with the Eagles lead down to three. Turner was held in check for most of the game until that point. Atlanta went on to score when Turner ran three yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
"I just got to put the guys in better situation, I didn't do that," Castillo said. "And they busted a big play."
Tight end Tony Gonzalez had another solid outing against the Eagles. He caught seven passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns. One score was a highlight-worthy one-handed, tip-toe catch in the back of the end zone.
Linebacker Jamar Chaney and safety Jarrad Page were mostly responsible for covering Gonzalez, although the Eagles orignially intended on using cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on the future Hall of Famer.
"Coming into the week we were going to do it," Asomugha said. "We thought we were going to do it a lot more, but we had an injury earlier in the week in the secondary and that kind of changed the focus a little bit."
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie sprained his ankle during conditioning, but ended up playing against the Falcons. Asomugha recorded his first interception as an Eagle when Matt Ryan attempted as pass for Gonzalez.