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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 25, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:08 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

I think the Lions are collectively pissed at how they have been playing lately.  It  gets old throwing pick 6's and losing...especially after such a successful start.




Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

we know Urlacher is either lying, delusional, crazy
I think the same thing about you after I read every one of your posts. You are by far one of the biggest smacked asses on CBSSports.



Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:39 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Amen brother! Given the number of intense players the Bears have had over the years you'd think bears fans could appreciate hard nose play and I'm pretty sure they all played to the echo of the whistle. By the way my 6 year old daughter is having a tea party this weekend and #1bearfan is invited. Don't forget your tiarra Nancy.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:28 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Urlacher is probaby the dirtiest player in the division so when he says that the Lions do not play dirty....we know Urlacher is either lying, delusional, crazy or being paid by the Lions.



Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:26 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Finally a sensible comment - Urlacher has always been a tough SOB who played football like it was ment to be played. Goodies is turning fooball into a wussy league we need more Urlachers, Suhs, Peppers, harrisons, ect. It is a ugly, mean, physical sport were blood is expected!!!



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:02 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Gotta love Urlacher and his take on this one.  "they play to the echo of the whistle"

Now that's football.



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

you ever been called an asshole? I'd bet money you have. Geek



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Do you know what the legal definition of battery is?  To touch someone without their consent. I would have pressed charges on him. No class and it is a trickle down effect. Good luck losers.


So, by your "legal definition of battery", what should Schwartz have done??? Because by your "legal definition of battery" I would say that Harbaugh was the one that broke the law. Thank god nobody in the real world goes by your "legal definition of batter", the jails would be even more full, ALOT more full. If that is seriously the way you think, then get a clue. What a stupid thing to still be talking about. It was a great game, the 49ers won, and Harbaugh was excited. Who could blame him for being excited? What he has done to that football team is nothing short of amazing IMO, he is a great coach and should be COY, no one else is even close IMO. Schwartz didnt like the way he was celebrating and let him know that. Did he take it too far?? Probably, but I like that kinda fire in both of these young coaches, in fact I love it. If the Lions make the playoffs, I hope they end up playing the 49ers somehow. That would be a great game, and possibly the start of a really good rivalry. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:14 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

You cant compare the list of current and future hall of famers  you listed to ANY of the cheap-shot, cant handle the pressure, crying and begging for national attention wimps that you support. Be happy with the Red Wings because the Lions are a dreadful collection of perineal losers. You wont finish .500



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:05 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Do you know what the legal definition of battery is?  To touch someone without their consent. I would have pressed charges on him. No class and it is a trickle down effect. Good luck losers.

Good luck with that.... and like I said, get that skirt back on young lady.  This is NFL football, tempers flare and everybody involved in the game says and does things they wouldn't be doing on the street.  If you can't handle it and it offends you, then like I said... get that pretty little skirt on and quit calling yourself a "#1 Bears fan" because you're an embarassment to the fans of a long standing and respected franchise. 


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