Troy Vincent Says Chris Baker’s Hit Was Legal, No Ban or Fine Coming

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Former Philadelphia Eagle and current league stooge (technically NFL executive vice president of football operations) Troy Vincent has announced that no fine or suspension will be coming for Chris Baker’s cheap-shot hit in Nick Foles. Vincent said Baker “didn’t do anything illegal,” and shouldn’t have even been flagged on the play. He continued:

“People can say it’s a cheap shot and you can talk about whether it might fall under unsportsmanlike conduct, but when you know the rule and you look at the play, he didn’t hit him in the head. He didn’t hit him in the neck. We looked at it. I looked at it very closely. He’s not going to be fined for that.”

However, Baker and Jason Peters will undoubtedly face fines for their roles in the brawl that ensued after the hit. I’m sure Peters is more than happy to pay whatever the amount may be.

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12 Responses

  1. I’d like to see that hit happen on Brady or Peyton, and then how quickly a new rule would be written to make it illegal.

    1. I’d also like to see that hit happen on Romo by Fletcher Cox and all the Eagles fans frothing at the mouth about how it was a clean hit and the Cowboys were stupid/wrong to go after Cox for it. Because the football play was still going on and Foles was moving towards the ball carrier.

      The hit was clean. It’s football, you fucking pansies.

      Props to Peters for standing up for his QB but there was nothing wrong with what Baker did.

      1. It is almost like people have different opinions.

        Believe it or not, there can be plenty of Eagles fans who didn’t have a problem with the hit, but thought it was all in bad taste.

        After the game, Baker’s interview was just lies. There is no way he didn’t know that was Nick and it wasn’t intentional. The only skinny white dude who is 6’6″ wearing a big number 9 just trotting towards the sideline?! yeah.. right.

        I would have more respect for Baker if he just came out and said “Yeah i hit him, and i would do it again. It was legal, keep your head on a swivel.”

        Don’t lie about it.

        Lindros deserved to get blown up coming over the blue line with his head down. Look up if you have the puck, keep your head on a swivel if the football play is still live.

        Simple as that.

        Don’t complain at fans for being mad at the hit, even if it was clean though. The dudes intentions were clear and THAT is something you want fans to get mad about. Let them stew because it’s what makes rivalries, rivalries.

        1. I don’t understand the point of this post? Did I say all Eagles fans think this hit was bad?

          I’m specifically calling out those people who think it’s dirty but then would turn around and laud Cox for the same thing. I respect the Eagles fans who don’t have a problem with the hit.

          And I didn’t say anything about Baker’s post game comments. Be pissed at him for that, that’s fine.

          You seemed to taken what I said, molded it into what you wanted me to have said so you could respond.

          And I agree on Lindros. It was a clean hit at the time, keep your damn head up.

  2. Anyone who’s played football knows how common these types of blocks are especially in high school and college (it’s less common in the NFL since guys are more aware and look for it). These blocks are sometimes even set up intentionally on punt and kickoff returns. It’s exactly where “keep your head on a swivel” comes from. Might be dirty but this is a legal hit.

  3. Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9:
    It is a foul if a player initiates unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture.
    (a) Players in a defenseless posture are:
    (7)A quarterback at any time after a change of possession (Also see Article 8(f) for additional restrictions against a quarterback after a change of possession);

    It was an illegal hit, and apparently Troy Vincent doesn’t know the rules either.

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