49ers safety Donte Whitner has been fined multiple times by the NFL this season for helmet to helmet hits, but has always appealed and won his case. He feels like the NFL needs to start reviewing helmet to helmet hits during games in order to keep his team from getting nailed with a 15 yard penalty.
“It shows I shouldn’t be penalized in the first place,” Whitner said Thursday via ESPN.com. “It’s hurting our football team.”
Whitner pointed to the fact that they review head shots in college football.
“Yes, they should,” he said. “They do in college. Why not in the National Football League? Let’s get it right. … Too many times a play looks bad and the official throws the flag, but it ends up being a clean play. … Just because it’s a powerful hit doesn’t mean it’s an illegal hit.”
Whitner claims he is trying to make his hits clean.
“Even talking to [defensive backs coach Ed] Donatell and [defensive coordinator Vic Fangio], you have to have a poster boy in the National Football League that can still hit hard and do it the right way and show people how to do it the right way,” Whitner said. “And even if it looks bad, it’s not bad.”