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Ndamukong Suh: 'I haven't crossed any line'

Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:17 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

There are a number of folks that believe Lions defensive lineman and general manchild Ndamukong Suh is a "dirty" player. He got this reputation partially from two preseason games -- in 2010 he treated Jake Delhomme like a rag doll against Cleveland (he was eventually fined $7,500 after the NFL reviewed the hit) and then this past weekend he squeezed Andy Dalton so hard the rookie's helmet popped off.

Oh right, and for the hit on Jay Cutler that ended up costing him $15,000 last year. But Suh said Sunday that he doesn't believe he's "dirty."

"There's always a fine line of dirtiness and a fine line of aggressiveness," Suh said Sunday, per Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free-Press. "I know to this point that in my own heart that I haven't crossed that line by any means."

I've spoken to Suh a couple times and on occasion (one happened to be right after the Cutler hit), I've asked him about whether he plays dirty or not. And he always says the same thing -- he's not dirty. He's aggressive.

And I think there's an argument to be made for both sides. Suh's actions against Delhomme were clearly dirty, especially considering he extended the play beyond the actual contact with the quarterback (read: the sack). But I didn't feel like his "hit" on Dalton necessarily was "dirty" insomuch as it was "aggressive."

But Suh is -- quite obviously -- developing a reputation for being a dirty player. Whether or not he actually is won't matter when there's a call that's close.

Because in those situations the referees will continue to flag him and the league will continue to fine him. Although those hits may not matter much if Suh keeps playing as well as he does the rest of the time.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:12 am
 

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Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh: 'I haven't crossed any line'

Suh is definitely getting a bad reputation.  And, yes, some of it is justified (i.e. the "hit" on Dalton).  He needs to start playing a lor smarter and more restrained, instead of just trying to kill the QB.



Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: August 28, 2011 10:22 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh: 'I haven't crossed any line'

It's refreshing to see Ndamukong Suh play if you ask me. Roger Goodell has declared all out war on aggression and violence important for this games popularity and with rules that neuter defenses I'm glad to see players like Suh, and the Steelers defense, and every other 'dirty' player in the league because being dirty is what is going to take to be good in the coming years.


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Posted on: August 28, 2011 9:44 pm
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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh: 'I haven't crossed any line'

Ok is this for real? I am reading about people arguing over the Detroit Loins and St. Louis Rams? It's great that fans take pride in their teams and all but this is just absurd!!!!!!!

Now that being said I do believe both teams are on the up. If I had to pick which team would be on top of their division faster I would have to say St. Louis only because the division is so bad. The 49ers and Seahawks are just awful, Arizona will be on the up with Kolb.

Detroit just has to much in front of them with Green Bay and Chicago. Green Bay will be good for years to come and it always seems like Chicago works in cycles and they are in a good cycle right now.

Keep on the good fight Loins and Rams fans.....



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: August 28, 2011 5:48 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh: 'I haven't crossed any line'

maybe detroit just has a crap training staff and thats why their players get hurt so much, im not sure of that but i do know that the rams will make the playoffs before detroit does. 
Because they are in a weaker division? Okay...


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