San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner is saying what we all know, but he needs to get used to the defensive rules of the NFL because they're not changing anytime sooner.

Referees seem to throw a flag anytime a offensive player stays down after a big hit. Whitner — the 49ers hard-hitting safety — was on the receiving end of one of those flags after he drilled Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw in the flat in the team's 27-7 blowout loss last Sunday.

Whitner, of course, doesn’t think it’s fair, and told says that any big hit in the NFL automatically draws a flag now.

“It was a bad call,” Whitner told CSNBayArea.com. “I guess it was a big hit. Any big hit now in the National Football League is automatically a flag.”

Replay of the hit shows that Whitner led with his shoulder and not helmet, but he has to understand that any big or vicious hit that’s borderline is probably going to draw a flag.

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