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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 10, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:24 am

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

he told yall in the nike commercial he doesnt like yeah he doesnt like qb is detroit gonna tell him to pipe down and go half speed nope. you need a DT to have a mean killer like mentality bc that saves your secondary and creates havoc

Suh keep giving them h3ll

Since: Jan 6, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:59 am

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

Maybe they should change the rules to two hand touch. He will continue to play that way, it is how he plays. If he knocks out a starter with out getting suspended then the fine will be worth it as far as he is concerned. It is football, it is a ruff, fast moving game. Any player in his area of responsability is in a dangerous place. As long as he doesn't blatently remove someones head, I say let him play.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:46 am

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

whether he be  dirty or just aggressive he will be fined plenty if he keeps it up,  gifted player who needs to learn how to harness his talent and use his aggression in an acceptable way,  nearly all the established stars on the defensive line have learned how to properly hit the quarterback in a way that the  NFL deems acceptable, suh will too ,  the quarterback protection rules are part of the game whether you like them or not and suh will have to pony  up and pay til he accepts it too.

reality is this is a quarterback league. they are the undisputed stars of the league, not only are they the marquee drawing card to almost any televised monday sunday or thursday night game, they are the keys to the success of their teams .   do you really want to see a colts teams led by whoever their back-up is? patriots? Packers? Falcons? etc.   and what would these teams record be if they had to  throw them in for very long?

suh will learn this too, and my  prediction is sooner than later

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