As we have all watched the countless replays of the Austin Collie hit, we've also been debating back and forth about the hit. Fortunately, the NFL was ever so kind as to send out a notice and a video about what was deemed legal and/or illegal about hits...
You can view this video here.
Guess what, whether you don't like the call....the refs made the absolute RIGHT call.
The NFL's new guidelines regarding illegal hits include the following: leading with your forearm, shoulder, or helmet to the shoulder/helmet area of a player.
Basically, it states that a defender cannot launch themselves towards an offensive player and lead with their forearm, shoulder, or helmet to the offensive players head and neck area. It's that cut and dry.
In fact, watching the video, they actually have a few shots that look eerily similar to the hit on Collie last night.
I want to say this loud and clear, I do not for one minute believe that Coleman was trying to hit Collie in the head. However, the guy was NOT trying to tackle Collie. He was trying to blow him up, or as us Madden players know, hit stick the guy.
Bottom line: Even leading with his shoulder, the guy was at fault according to the rules.
And lastly, as I know some will mention it, yes Collie was struck by another Eagles player first. However, the point is that even if he had NOT been hit, Coleman was clearly leading with his shoulder in trying to tackle Collie.
Video of the play can be found here: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/moving_the_chains/Video_Eagles_hit_on_Collie.html
Skip to about the 1:40 mark, as they slow the video down enough to watch the hit. The two Eagles defenders literally hit Collie almost at the same time. It clearly shows Mikell lowering his shoulder into Collie's shoulder. It also shows Coleman's head lowering as well.