Tice should have called a running play because I lost last week in FF by .04 pts. Had Forte ran the ball for 5 more yards I would have won. Second Is anybody suprised that Hester actually caught the ball on that play.
There's something similar going on to a lesser extent in the NFL. The league makes a big PR campaign about safety and protecting defenseless players but enforces it spottily and lightly. You could end "bad hits" very easily by creating a "flagrant PF" call with serious teeth behind it. There's a difference with an uninteded facemask while going for a tackle or a head blow that occurs when two players basically run into each other in a scrum diving for a fumble. Those are "simple PFs" and 15 yard penalties with auto 1st down.
A flagrant rule would be for when the official judges a play or hit was blatantly illegal, clearly avoidable or unnecessary, designed to injure, or at least was far more excessive than required to end the play (ie Suh on Cutty). It's like pornography..."hard to define specifically in words but you know it when you see it."
A player called for a flagrant PF would, in addition to the down and distance, be immediately ejected from the game, suspended from the following one, and fined his entire salary for 2 weeks. The HC would get an automatic warning. A 2nd flagrant PF call on that team would result in the above + immediate forfeiture of the game and all revenues shared for that week due to the franchise. Any player who accumulated a 3rd flagrant call against him in total for his career would be automatically banned for life. I guarantee you wouldn't need to call many flagrant fouls before the message was received.
Based on the above, I don't see any way Dobbins' hit couldn't be considered flagrant. It was a hard blow to the head after the ball was out 1 second and there was no attempt by him to go lower or pull up short or even slow down.