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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
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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: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:04 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Well Red Wing Chicken Wing what ever  wing-------- Lovie Smith has strict orders on what the Bear Players can and cannot say. Of course Urlacher has to stay  as close to neutral as possible when speaking about another team, player, coach, or referee. The Bears organization fine their players heavy on derogatory comments. And  i bet you dont know more about my club than me. I am the #1 bearfan. With all due respect to my fellow bear brothers and sisters. BEAR DOWN



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Wow my fellow bear brother I am multi-tasking so "sorry" if my phonetics are a little off , but you and everyone else received the message I was trying to get across. Bear Down brother. This is a movement and we all need each other to make another super bowl push. And as far as a high school diploma----- I have a Master of Science Degree. I work in the Sports Medicne field and im a DIE HARD BEARFAN. Bear Down.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:45 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.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Urlacher has to be  even-keeled on questions referring to other teams and players. So I will speak the truth for Bear Fans.

You really call yourself a "#1 bears fan"?  You're wrong.... since I know more about the Bears then you do, let me introduce Urlacher to you.   Urlacher doesn't have to be "even-keeled" at all, not one bit.  He doesn't even have to be professional about anything but he is. He answered the question the only way Urlacher ever answers any question.... honestly.   Urlacher flat out told people the Lions play to the whistle, they play hard and that they are a good football team but that yes, sometimes s*** happens in football... he also basically said the Lions are a team you respect but hate on the field......  he wasn't kidding and had no reason to lie at all....... deal with it.

Harbaugh simply shook the mans hand and because he didnt like the hand shake he chases after Jim to confront him and commits a crime (battery) against the opposing coach. 

Battery?  Young lady put that skirt back on and quit watching football.  If what Schwartz did was battery, then what happens in football between the whistles should land at least 100 NFL players in jail every single game..... 

Stafford and other Lions players are all  young and undisciplend, and if they think that intentionally trying to hurt another player is the way the game should be played is compleatly absurd. 

The only thing you made that made sense was the first line of your last statement above..... some of the Lions are very young and undisciplined, but they get older every day and and they'll become more disciplined soon enough.  But for now, we'll take what we've got and win or lose smile every Sunday because whether or not Lion haters want to admit it or not, the Detroit Lions are finally RELEVANT again in the NFL.  For years the Lions were the weak, the patsies, they were nothing...... not anymore.  Win or lose, close game or blowout the opposing team knows they were in a football game.....  and that's leaps and bounds beyond where we were a couple years ago.

 



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:27 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

It's funny still seeing the Jim Harbaugh comments eating away at people.  The man is being labeled an ass because his hand shake was rough?  Come on, this is football.  Please stop trying to make this the NFFL (National Flag Footbal League).



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:14 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Harbaugh simply shook the mans hand and because he didnt like the hand shake he chases after Jim to confront him and commits a crime (battery) against the opposing coach.


  Battery, huh??? That is the most ignorant part of what is probably the single most ignorant post I have ever seen on here. Why dont you go watch golf or bowling if you really think that. Do Urlacher and Bears fans a favor, dont ever speak on there behalf again.


 The Lions are a classless organization and will never when anything.


  I dont think anybody with a brain agrees with this. Just about everybody I have seen says the Lions are a team on the rise, now that they have a good front office, coaches, and players it is only a matter of time before they start making deep playoff runs. Of course, that all depends on health, free agency, etc. But if they keep going the direction they are going, the sky is the limit. 



Since: Jun 11, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Lions 4eva! You all are just haters!! You watch that "forearm shiver" to the head video again. He never touched his head!!! No Football League.



Since: Jun 11, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

You sound like a great fan of the game Bearsfan. Harbaugh is a punk, plane and simple. You're just protecting him b/c he played for you guys at one point. Also, you have it wrong. These guys are nasty, not dirty. They play hard and sometimes go too far. Football is becoming more and more about the nannys and less about the toughness and grittyness that makes the game so great. You ever heard of Nightrain Lane? Dick Butkus? Ray Lewis? James Harrison? Those are football players! Go Lions!!!



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:46 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Credible source there.....asking Suh if the Lions are a dirty team is like asking Sandusky if he a butt-plugger. They will cry no to the end, but everyone knows different.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:46 pm
 

Suh says Lions aren't dirty, Urlacher agrees

Urlacher has to be  even-keeled on questions referring to other teams and players. So I will speak the truth for Bear Fans. The Lions are Dirty as Hell! From the  head coach on down. Harbaugh simply shook the mans hand and because he didnt like the hand shake he chases after Jim to confront him and commits a crime (battery) against the opposing coach. What kind of example is that. Suh, Farley, Stafford and other Lions players are all  young and undisciplend, and if they think that intentionally trying to hurt another player is the way the game should be played is compleatly absurd. The Lions are a classless organization and will never when anything. Keep your head down bumbs.
#1bearsfan,

I think I can speak for the rest of the Bears faithful and say..........Don't ever respond for anyone ever again.  What till you get that high school diploma before attempting to type a complete paragraph!!!  And try to use words you can actually spell if you want to be taken seriously. 


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