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Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:00 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 6:00 am
 
Things got chippy between Chicago and Detroit Sunday, and the NFL will no doubt punish them accordingly. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

If the Lions were as aggressive between the whistles as they were after it against the Bears on Sunday, the final score would've been a lot closer than 37-13. Instead, Chicago's defense took advantage of four Matthew Stafford interceptions (including two pick-sixes), Devin Hester added a special-teams touchdown, and Jay Cutler and the offense just got out of the way.

Well, they tried to anyway.

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh ripped Cutler's helmet off after a tackle (he called it "part of the game"). Later in the game, Suh's teammate, Nick Fairley, drove Cutler into the turf on a late hit. (See here and here for the video evidence.)

Stafford also started a fight when, following his third interception, he brought Bears' cornerback D.J. Moore  to the ground by grabbing his helmet (see the video below). Moore, unimpressed, went after Stafford and just like that, it was on like Donkey Kong.

"I thought the play on Stafford was a little bit over the line," Lions linebacker Justin Durant said, according to MLive.com's Anwar Richardson. "That's how I feel about it. He was just trying to make a play. He had thrown an interception and was trying to get there. The guy just took it overboard."

Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, appearing on ESPN Radio Chicago, had a different take on the play.

“Their defense was saying something to our sideline late in the game after D.J. Moore beat up their quarterback [Matthew Stafford]. They said some stuff to our sidelines. I don’t know what…their defense was saying something to our sidelines. I don’t know what it was, but there is ways to handle things and there is ways to not handle things. I don’t know…they are a good football team. No doubt about that. They don’t do very good when they get beat up I guess.”

You can judge for yourself if Moore beat up Stafford:


The Lions and Bears mix it up after Stafford takes down Jennings.

Either way, both teams can expect heavy fines, and Durant realizes as much.

"I can imagine some people will have some $20,000 fines," he said. "I'm not sure who was doing what or if anybody was throwing blows. … One time when I was in Jacksonville, we had a fight against the Titans and a couple of guys came off the sidelines and they got fined just for stepping across the sidelines. More than likely, there are going to be some fines."

Using history and the NFL's haphazard approach to punishing players as a guide, we'd wager that, yes, there will be a lot of fines coming out of this.

Lions wide receiver Nate Burelson added: "If you go out there and throw some blows, you got to expect that FedEx letter in your locker."

Much of the conversation this season has been about how the Lions, and Suh in particular, are dirty. Here are two examples from last season that had people so worked up.


Suh explained his approach to the game during an appearance on ESPN's First Take.

"I like to punish the quarterback. I like to punish running backs for them trying to make plays on my defense," he said. "Whether it's dirty or aggressive or whatever that may be, we're going to continue to play that way and make sure we stand up and make sure teams don't run over us."

Urlacher was asked if he thought the Lions were dirty.

“You know what? They play to the echo of the whistle," he said, via Sports Radio Interviews. "As a player you can’t be mad because that is the way the game should be played. They play fast and they play physical and sometimes they go a little bit too far, but you know what? Sometimes you get away with it. …

"I like their head coach. I will tell you that much. I think he has done a good job for that organization and he’s a hard-nosed guy. He wants his guys to play, so I can’t be mad at him, but you don’t like it when you are playing against them because it pisses you off, but you know what they do a good job and they play hard.”

To recap: the Lions aren't dirty, but both teams should expect to be a little lighter in the wallet this week.

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Comments

Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:53 am
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

What about mean joe green, dick butkis lawrence taylor all perceived as dirty all hall of famers its FOOTBALL not a sissy sport like basketball




Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:32 am
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Ndirtycan Suh is a dirty player. Plain and simple. I live in michigan and have seen all the games. Can't stand the bears, but Suh is a punk. He wont last because if forced to play within the rules, he'll be average at best. Check out his numbers this year while playing punk ball. Still not good

If you have seen all the games, maybe you should try paying attention, and not just looking at stats. Suh affects EVERY play he is on the feild for. Why do think Detroits pass defense is so much better??? It is because the QB cant step up in the pocket. The QB is always rushing throws, or scrambing away from SUH and the other DT's. His stats are not up this year because it takes to people blocking him for the QB to even have a shot at throwing the ball. He, for the most part, still gets pressure with 2 people blocking him, that is better than average IMO. But thats ok, you keep looking at stats, I hope the teams we play start doing the same and put one guy on him. That would be great!!



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:32 am
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Ndirtycan Suh is a dirty player. Plain and simple. I live in michigan and have seen all the games. Can't stand the bears, but Suh is a punk. He wont last because if forced to play within the rules, he'll be average at best. Check out his numbers this year while playing punk ball. Still not good

If you have seen all the games, maybe you should try paying attention, and not just looking at stats. Suh affects EVERY play he is on the feild for. Why do think Detroits pass defense is so much better??? It is because the QB cant step up in the pocket. The QB is always rushing throws, or scrambing away from SUH and the other DT's. His stats are not up this year because it takes to people blocking him for the QB to even have a shot at throwing the ball. He, for the most part, still gets pressure with 2 people blocking him, that is better than average IMO. But thats ok, you keep looking at stats, I hope the teams we play start doing the same and put one guy on him. That would be great!!



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:04 am
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Everything else aside, it kills me to see how differently the game is played AND perceived now as opposed to 20 years ago. Ronnie Lott for San Fran used to play EXACTLY the same way as Suh does and he got put in the HOF for it! I don't think Suh is a dirty player, but he has had some dirty plays. I think with him there's no effort of self control and he just plays purely on instinct and raw emotion. The problem is that he's got a reputation now and because of that he's also got a bullseye on him so anything even REMOTELY sketchy is going to be call a dirty play and I don't think it's fair at all on him.



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:43 am
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

ur an idiot. plain and simple.



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:42 am
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

ur a moron



Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:06 am
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Ndirtycan Suh is a dirty player. Plain and simple. I live in michigan and have seen all the games. Can't stand the bears, but Suh is a punk. He wont last because if forced to play within the rules, he'll be average at best. Check out his numbers this year while playing punk ball. Still not good



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 8:22 am
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Suh is a monster of a guy and can inflict pain with clean its, the fact that he always goes for guy's heads makes him dirty.  And Stafford is 6'5" 232 and couldn't get off a block from the 5'9" 175lb Moore so he resorted to grabbing his helmet.  Perfect example of sore losers who couldn't do thing during a hard hitting game so they had to resort to dirty plays to try to get their self respect back. 



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 6:55 am
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Lion fans are complaining about the Bear that stuck up for his teeammate when Stafford threw a player to the ground
by his helmet,yet when Suh or Fairly do it, it is OK.Enough is enough,the Lions are OUT OF CONTROL.It is obvious
they learned nothing with SUH'S meeting with the COMISS.And like their HC who chased another HC 50 yards into
a tunnel,Goddell needs to send a message.

Stafford started a BRAWL and before someone suffers a CAREER ENDING injury needs to send a message to these
THUGS.  
First -- no one is complaining about "the bear that stuck up for his teammate", as it was DJ Moore, the guy who was thrown to the ground, who came back at Stafford, not a Bears teammate.

Second -- if every player who is thrown to the ground or has a personal foul committed against them goes after the other player when the play is done -- there would be a brawl in every single game in the NFL.  saying what Stafford did was career threatening is a joke.  should the refs have flagged Stafford for grabbing the back of the helmet???  yes.  the reaction of Moore after the play is 10 times worse than the actual offense.

Third -- stafford didn't start a brawl -- DJ Moore started the brawl by going after stafford when the play was over with.  if Moore wouldn't have reacted the way he did -- the whole play would have been nothing more than a blip on the radar.  

Fourth -- what does their head coach taking offense to something harbaugh said to him after the game have ANYTHING to do with the nfl 'sending a message'???  do you even know what the nfl did about that verbal altercation after the game???  goodell really sent a message there -- he did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.  not even a fine for the coaches involved.  nothing.

Lastly -- the only hit in the game which could have been avoided is Fairley's -- the refs made the right call and he was flagged for it.  it isn't the 1st time a player has been flagged for a late hit and it won't be the last.  it is just magnified because it is the lions and the media, ever since the broncos game, came up with the nickname "evil" when describing detroit's defense.  as urlacher said in an interview after the game -- he sees nothing wrong with the way detroit plays defense -- they play hard till the whistle blows the play dead.   



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 5:38 am
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Are you 10 years old brian8ball...your posts are unreadable! At least redwing1969 brings good stuff to the table!


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