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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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Comments

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:02 pm
 

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

frosty, thank you for that incredibly misplaced rant.  You don't get to see someone completely ignore reality and context in an effort to ramble on aimlessly, and I appreciate it.  There wasn't one part of that post that made sense and we're all more stupid for having read it. 



Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 3:42 pm
 

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

i previously seen the 2 hits and im in total agreement..  i think Suh has gotten a raw deal here..   the guy is making plays so..   good for him and good for Detroit.  I see this as just a good article for the Lions and their fans.  I am looking forward to watching some Lions games this year and seeing how good that defense is gonna be.  especially since i want them to cream the vikes since i live in south dakota and hear nothing but vikes this and that !



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 2:34 pm
 

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

Him getting penalized in the preseason game against Cincy cas complete & utter bullcrap. He friggin grabbed the guy & wrapped him up. The refs threw the flag because the helmet came off & the pansy QB started flailing his arm around as if he just got drilled. Complete crap.
So sick of them softening the rules.
OH and that wasn't the only BS penalty, one of the Lions corners or safeties got penalized for a helmet to helmet hit. After the replay, you could clearly see there was no contact what-so-ever except shoulder to player. If this is how the refs are going to control and run the game, I am very diappointed. But you know what.....it's player driven. Too many p*ss ies making too much money and whining about getting hit.



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 2:32 pm
 

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

The hit on Cutler was blown wayyy out of proportion. In real time, I can see why the flag was thrown. It looked bad. When you watched it in slow mo, it was a completely different scenario. Yet he was still fined for it.

I'm not sure why I felt the need to defend his hit. I'd rather have my D-lineman known for being dirty that being pushed around constantly. And if he is dirty, at least he's doing it in an aggressive manner, by mauling QB's, instead of diving into their legs, like plenty of other D-lineman have done.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:20 pm
 

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

this the nfl,which stands for Not For Long if he doesnt do his job which is go after the qb,plain and simple,



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:20 pm
 

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

this the nfl,which stands for Not For Long if he doesnt do his job which is go after the qb,plain and simple,



Since: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:40 pm
 

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

The Detroit lions are about to turn things in the right direction and this guy is a big part of that. Now that the devil has reclaimed Millen , we Detroit fans can move on. The Cutler hit was totally fine, he pushed him in the back hard. Yes folks, hard. Its FOOTBALL STILL , ISNT IT? This years hit was nothing dirty by any means .And i would point out last years hit on Delhomme was his rookie year and his first preseason game. He was a little excited I guess. NFC North, buckle up. Because the Detroit Lions are coming and their bringing a boy named Suh !




Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:18 pm
 

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

Suh is a throwback.  Unlike James Harrison who prefers to lead with his forearms and head (which will hasten his entry to never-never land after he retires) Suh wraps up but then acts like a white shark with a seal in its mouth.  Instead of dropping the guy, he thrashes him about first and that's what gets him in trouble.  And from highlight reels of days gone by, it reminds me of...Dick Butkis or Deacon Jones.  Yup, the guy is a throwback but unfortunately for him the league doesn't tolerate throwback aggression because offensive/defensive tactics have become so sophisticated and demanding that only a handful of men are capable of playing the QB position so they need to remain healthy.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:09 pm
 

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

This is the intensity that the Lions have been missing on the defensive side of the ball for years.  Suh plays aggressivley not dirty, with the exception of th hit to Delhomme.  Suh is just a beast.  As a 2nd year player he seems to be a man among boys.  Suh, keep on playing your game and pumping up that defensive unit. 



Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:08 pm
 

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

I may well be the only person who thinks a "killer" instinct is a little misplaced on a football field. Perhaps in Afghanistan, Iraq or war zones all. To say "I don't like QB's" seems a bit like a plumber saying "I don't like pipes" or a Nascar driver saying, "I don't like tires". How about a swimmer who doesn't like water. What would football look like if we were to model the game according to Mr. Suh's ideas? First of all we get rid of QBs? I don't like beer and  that's okay but Mr Suh? How important is the QB to the game of football. What then would Mr Suh do with the killer instinct? Wrestle pythons, gators, crocodiles or badgers. How will we know when he crosses the line? Will it be after someone's carrer is ended because he doesn't think the game needs QBs. When I was younger Detroit had a real class act and I suppose it is unfair to hope to see the likes of Barry Sanders again. I do hope to see class again and thru out the league. Not the frightening , fringe behaviour tha's passing for the game.


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