Brian Robison was flagged for unnecessary roughness during a critical juncture of the Minnesota Vikings’ 38-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but Robison says he wouldn’t change a thing about his actions on that play.
He’s probably right to feel that way.
With the Seahawks up 7-0 and driving inside the red zone, Robison hauled down quarterback Russell Wilson for an 8-yard sack. But as Wilson appeared to be on the ground but struggling to keep running, Robison maintained his grip around Wilson’s legs. The quarterback got up and ran into the end zone when Robison heard a whistle and let go. Robison was flagged for unnecessary roughness and was still bothered by the call.
“Of course I am, but it is what it is,” Robison said on Monday. “We’ve got to move on to Arizona.”
Instead of second-and-18 on the 22-yard line, the Seahawks had first-and-10 on the 11-yard line and scored when Wilson scrambled for an 8-yard touchdown on third-and-7.
After having time to stew on the penalty, Robison maintained he wouldn’t have changed anything about his actions on that play.
“Absolutely not. I did everything I was supposed to do,” he said. “I didn’t feel like he was down and obviously he didn’t feel like he was down because he tried to take off running. I felt that he was taking off running and I didn’t let go until I heard a whistle. So when I heard the whistle I let go. That’s the refs call. They thought they made the right call and it’s just what we’ve got to roll with.”
Robison referenced a play from the Tampa Bay-Atlanta game when Bucs QB Jameis Winston scrambled on third-and-19 late in the fourth quarter, got 10 yards downfield and was met by two defenders. Winston landed on top of one, braced his fall by putting a hand down, was knocked backwards by a third defender and onto his feet, then weaved through traffic for a 20-yard gain and a first down. Four plays later, the Bucs scored the game-winning touchdown.
Robison used that as evidence to indicate he was right to hold onto Wilson until he heard a whistle.
“I didn’t feel like he was down. Even if he was down, you’ve got a guy that’s trying to get up and take off running,” Robison said. “What am I supposed to do? Let him go? You see the play with Jameis Winston yesterday – everybody thought he was down and then he turns around and makes a first down. Who’s to say that if I let him go that doesn’t happen as the same thing yesterday? I don’t know. It is what it is.”