Atlanta Falcons: Hope expecting to receive a fine for hit on Cruz

Atlanta Falcons strong safety Chris Hope (24) hits New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

Atlanta Falcons strong safety Chris Hope (24) hits New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons safety Chris Hope is expecting to receive a little express package from the league office Thursday.

Hope was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty for a helmet-to-helmet tackle of New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz  on Sunday. All unnecessary roughness penalties are automatically reviewed for fines.

On a third-and-4 from New York’s 26-yard line with 10:17 left in the third quarter, Hope leveled Cruz, who was running down the left side of the field. The gamebook read, “No Play. Blow to the head.”

“Hopefully, I won’t (be fined) but there are rules and regulations,” Hope said. “I’m not a dirty player. It was just a part of the game. I got caught in a situation where I just made a play on the ball. It was a hit that I didn’t think was head-to-head, but it’s probably going to be a fine.”

After later reviewing the film of the play, Hope admitted that he did get Cruz’s helmet.

The league, in an effort to improve player safety, is cracking down on helmet-to-helmet tackling. Players are also being advised to lower their tackling target areas.



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26 comments Add your comment

BrooklynFalc

December 19th, 2012
10:22 pm

In his defense, he wasn’t gunning for Victor, but was merely on Cruz control..

ernisTbass

December 19th, 2012
10:24 pm

looks like a fine hit to me

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

December 20th, 2012
3:01 am

To hopes credit it looked like his tackle was aimed for cruz mid section, cruz just happened to be in a leaning fall of sort which happen to put his head in a very bad place at very bad timing. It was a hell of a hit, id be very proud of myself if i were hope, completely leveled cruz. And it was a showing of how aggressive this team is willing to play, a message to other teams of sort :) .

LET-THE-NERDS-H8

December 20th, 2012
6:53 am

i don’t care i loved it… when was the last time we’ve seen a hit like that from a secondary (S not CB) player… the tenacity was awesome… we need more of that… it gives WR the T-Rex arms coming across the middle, make you think twice bout catching a pass around your vicinity

Whadda Ya Know?

December 20th, 2012
7:20 am

That’s because that little fairy Cruz ducked and then had a lot of acting going on to make it appear he was hurt. Hope barely caught Cruz and pulled up at the last minute, so…it wasn’t a clean hit. NFL needs to stop this B.S. this is football and it’s meant to be physical. Otherwise just put a flag on the receivers and QBs and let the defenders pull it off.

Mason

December 20th, 2012
8:10 am

If I’m not mistaken that was Dominique Franks who delivered that hit, not Chris Hope. Could be mistaken, thought Hope had already been helped off of the field @ the time.

Whadda Ya Know?

December 20th, 2012
8:45 am

Mason…you’re mistaken. Franks is now #29 and Hope is #24 (took Franks number when he got cut). Franks is too soft to hit anyone like that. In fact he’s scared of his own shadow and I don’t know why he is still on this team.

know what u mean

December 20th, 2012
8:47 am

@whadda Ya know. I agree about the flags. I’ve been saying for years the QB’s should have pink panties on. They keep talking about all these records being broken by QB’s. Those players of yesterday didn’t have it so easy and didn’t play as many games per season as today.

Whadda Ya Know?

December 20th, 2012
9:16 am

DOL, can you release my most recent post? Thanks

Physical

December 20th, 2012
11:06 am

Football is the one sport all real MALE sports fans look forward to every year. Why do men love football so much? Because it’s PHYSICAL, that’s why!!!! As long as it’s not an intentional dirty shot, then the players should not be punished. The commish needs to resign because he’s not a real man. Heck, he probably wears pink thongs for all we know. All the players know the risks they are taking when they signed up to play this game. How about we give the players an option to either make the countless of millions of dollars they’re making and risk the hard hits or take a 40% paycut to enforce “safer” rules and regulations and see which one they would pick. Fans pay a lot of money to see a physical game and they shouldn’t have to pay the current ticket prices if that aspect of the game is taken away from them.

Physical

December 20th, 2012
11:10 am

Don’t take the fans’ money so eagerly and turn right around and cheat them of what they paid for Mr. Or should I say Ms. Commish!!!

JOEinPHX

December 20th, 2012
11:25 am

Looks like we got a bunch of concussion lovers here. There was a launch and there was solid helmet-to-helmet contact. Probably not malicious, but seriously ill considered. #24, say goodbye to $25…….thousand.

warfalcon

December 20th, 2012
11:41 am

All things are soft today than they were back in the day,even you writers are soft. ONE GAME AT A TIME,LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gene

December 20th, 2012
12:12 pm

If it was an accidental bad hit, then you pay the fine and move on. Get the flags ready for Suh and Fairley, who make a habit of personal fouls.

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

December 20th, 2012
12:22 pm

@gene actually fairly just got placed on injured reserve

just sayin'

December 20th, 2012
1:23 pm

coach clean shot has no comment?…figured he’d at least say he supports every hit his team makes…

Esquire

December 20th, 2012
1:30 pm

SCOTT CASE IS IN THE HOUSE!!!

Salsa sissy was 3 catches for 15 yards. I think after that hit he didn’t want Manning to toss it his way NO MORE NO MORE NO MORE NO MORE.

Wouldn’t surprise me if a bunch of us Falcons Fans wouldn’t take up a little collection for ya!!

OBLITERATE DETROIT!!!

WE ARE THE MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS!!

Esquire

December 20th, 2012
1:33 pm

Gene
December 20th, 2012
12:12 pm

If it was an accidental bad hit, then you pay the fine and move on. Get the flags ready for Suh and Fairley, who make a habit of personal fouls.

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Loyalfalconfrmthemississip is right, Fairly went on IR yesterday. Shoulder. Sue is fixin too.

Esquire

December 20th, 2012
1:35 pm

warfalcon
December 20th, 2012
11:41 am

All things are soft today than they were back in the day,even you writers are soft.

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That’s a little too much information there warfalcon………………….!!!

Esquire

December 20th, 2012
1:36 pm

OBLITERATE DETROIT!!!

WE ARE THE MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS!!

[...] Hope expecting to receive a fine for hit on Cruz D. Orlando Ledbetter – Atlanta Journal ConstitutionDecember 19, 2012 [...]

Physical

December 20th, 2012
4:22 pm

To: JOEinPHX
Joe shmo, you need to stay out of football and stay in an area that you’re more familiar with……ballet!! Maybe you and the commish share the same pink thong…..? I don’t know….can’t rule anything out these days.

R OReilly

December 20th, 2012
10:42 pm

Finding ways to destroy Football. The League that is.

Jst Askn

December 21st, 2012
2:28 pm

Dear Campbell’s Soup,
Your Chunky Soup commercials sux! Did you really need to have overweight Donovan McNabb advertising anything ‘chunky’ a few years back? And now you subject us to salsa-dancing Victor Cruz and his annoying mother who has yet to master the English language. I hate you and your soup!

[...] Hope had expected to be fined for the hit, which drew an unnecessary roughness penalty. All such penalties are reviewed by the league for possible fines. [...]

[...] I won’t (be fined), but there are rules and regulations,” Hope told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier in the week. “I’m not a dirty player. It was just a part of the game. I got [...]