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Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

Posted on: November 24, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2011 11:32 am
 
Suh will definitely get fined and possibly suspended for his latest antics.  (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Ndamukong Suh is not a dirty player. We know this because Ndamukong Suh repeats this message almost weekly, usually after a questionable play that virtually everyone agrees would qualify as dirty. The latest incident took place during the Packers-Lions Thanksgiving Day game.

With just over nine minutes remaining in the third quarter and Green Bay leading 7-0, Suh was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct (his second such penalty of the season). What should've been a field-goal attempt for the Packers ended up being a first down, and worse for Detroit: Suh was ejected for stomping on Green Bay guard Evan Blake Dietrich-Smith after the play had concluded.



The Packers scored two plays later to take a 14-0 lead. Looking back at how the game unfolded, you could point to Suh's disqualification as the turning point in the game, and perhaps the Lions' season.

To that point, Detroit had outplayed Green Bay. But In the eight minutes after Suh was sent to the locker room, Lions quarterback Matt Stafford threw two interceptions and by the start of the fourth quarter, the Packers led 24-0. By the time it was over, Green Bay had cruised to a 27-15 victory and an 11-0 record.

Suh had been fined three times for more than $42,000 before his latest on-field incident Thursday afternoon. Ironically, he met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last month for clarification on these previous fines and came away sounding pleased. Shortly after the get-together Suh wrote on his Facebook page:


"I am very appreciative of the opportunity to sit and speak with the Commissioner and his staff to clarify a few questions about my play, and the game in general. I have gained a better understanding how I need to play the game to help my team win. I look forward to the rest of the season and the doing everything we can to bring the Lombardi Trophy to Detroit."

Suh either has a horrible memory or his emotions continue to get the best of him. Because it's clear that his "understanding how I need to play the game to help my team win" didn't carry over from his meeting with Goodell.

And not only did Suh hurt his team's chances of winning against the Packers, he could affect the Lions' matchup with the Saints next week, too. There's no doubt that Suh will face another hefty fine, but there's the real possibility that he could be suspended.

In 2006, then-Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was ejected from a game for stomping on the head of Cowboys center Andre Gurode, who had lost his helmet during the play. Haynesworth was ejected and suspended for five games. Suh's antics weren't nearly as malicious as Haynesworth's, something Goodell may or may not take into consideration.


Whatever happens, Suh has to change the way he plays. He can continue to claim that he's not dirty only to continue to rack up personal-foul penalties, fines and possibly suspensions. Or he can figure out a way to play within the rules while still dominating whomever happens to line up across from him.

We probably won't know Suh's fate for several days. But the Lions are now 7-4, and their schedule doesn't let up for the rest of the regular season. Detroit travels to New Orleans in 10 days, then they'll face the Vikings, Raiders and Chargers before traveling to Lambeau Field in Week 17.

Ideally, Suh will do his part to help keep the Lions in the playoff race. But if he doesn't change the way he plays, he'll end up doing more harm than good.

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Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:34 am
 

Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

Sign the petition here to suspend Suh for the rest of the season:




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 25, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

Well so much for Stafford being the next great QB.He now has thrown 9 INTS in the last 3 weeks.To make 13 for the season.And
I guess yoou can say this is his 2nd STINKER in 3 weeks.And with Suh being suspended,no running game and Stafford regressing,
THE JETS HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF MAKING THE PLAYOFFS

Dude. Honestly, are you bi-polar or schitzophrenic?  I can show you posts where you called Stafford garbage.  And then you said Sanchez was better.  And then you changed your mind and retracted your statement and said Stafford is very good and very talented. So now you're back to saying he can't become a great qb?   

And either answer questions or get off these boards.  You told me "real" athletes play hurt... they should never ask to sit out.  So Stafford plays with a fractured finger and a splint, struggles and now he sucks?  

Do you know that going back to last year's games and up until he hurt his finger, STafford had 26 td's and 4 int's????   Forget the rookie year... every qb gets a mulligan for his rookie year. 


likemetodo
Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:04 am
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Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 2:51 am
 

Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

As a Lions' fan, I was very disappointed in the Lions' performance on the field as well as Suh's behavior/meltdown on Thanksgiving Day. I was also disappointed when I saw Suh trying to stand at the podium after the game and tried to say that he wasn't in the wrong when everybody who watched the game clearly saw him smash the guy's head into the ground several times as well as stomp on his arm. He'll be serving a one game suspension as well as coming out of his pocket for a fine. Overall, it was a very sad and pathetic day for all Lion fans.



Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

Your defense of Suh sounds just like what people say about Joe Paterno. Heart of gold. Big fund raiser. And by the way also a tremendous lack of character when it counts. If I was a Nebraska university official, and Suh continues to act like this, I'd give the money back. I don't want or need to know Suh personally. I do know by watching him along the sidelines at games and hearing him after today's game that he is a word class a hole.



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 11:02 pm
 

Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

Simply put, Suh will very soon run into an O-lineman sick of his crap, and have his career ended, ironically enough by an unsportsmanlike conduct call...and I will laugh my ass off.


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 8:56 pm
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Posted on: November 24, 2011 8:39 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

I believe Mr Suh deserves a nice 2 week vacation along with a small fine of $250,000. This would put an end to this garbage. Dirty, dirty play from what I thought was a good guy.

I have a question.  Do you people honestly believe YOU KNOW SUH ? Like I mean, the person Suh?  If you honestly think every dirty player in sports isn't a "good guy" then you have serious issues.... or you're too young to understand life.   Listen to what analysts and play by play people that interview Suh say about him, nothing but great things.  He's unbelievable to his family and committed 3 million dollars to his college Nebraska before he even signed his first contract.  He's great to his fans, speaks with and hangs out with little kids that need him, etc.   

On the field he went overboard today..... it was disgraceful and disgusting as I've said in 3 different posts now.  And at other times he's lost his temper in the heat of the moment.... but don't ever believe you know the athletes personally... that's flat out stupid.  



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

 On the flip side of NFL players not respecting each other, I will slightly agree with you. At some point an offensive linemen that shares the same respect for Suh that he receives will likely oblige him with on field justice....otherwise known as a CHOP BLOCK. BTW Haynesworth got 5 games without the history or baggage SUH brings

You can't "slightly" agree with me because it wasn't an opinion, it's a FACT.  Michael Strahan has played a few more NFL games then you have in the NFL, and he said today that although what Suh did was bad, your average fan has no idea what goes on in the NFL week to week and game to game.  Do you know what happens when there is a pile up of players?  Strahan and many others have been quoted as saying people are trying to break an opponents fingers under that pile.  I"m not talking while trying to take the ball either... Harrison on Pittsburgh was quoted as saying he gets pumped up and excited as hell when he knocks a man out or as he said, when he "puts somebody to sleep".   Why do you think the NFL had to get so strict on helmut to helmut hits?  It's because there is ZERO respect among today's NFL players.... zero. 

As for Suh, I already told you what he did was embarassing, disgusting, selfish and dangerous.  What else do you want me to say? I can tell from the tone of your post when I read it that you were never a fan of Suh...... and that's ok because outside of Detroit most fans aren't.  But I guarantee you something... there isn't even ONE NFL team or GM that wouldn't take Suh on his team in a second... if the Lions put him on the trade block, gm's would offer enormous packages of players and draft picks to acquire his services.  And the fans of the team that get him would be chanting "Suhhhhhhhhhhhhh" all game long like they do in Detroit. 

5 or 6 games? I'm willing to bet he doesn't get that many.  If you were close enough to where I live I'd bet you any money you could come up with he gets less then 5 games.  Why? Because sports leagues everywhere look at the result of the play.... they shouldn't, but they do.  The player he stomped didn't get hurt at all... believe it or not that matters.   And Suh's history isn't what people think he is. I believe he's been fined 3 times in his career so far with zero suspensions, and one of the everybody with a brain knows was crap.  The hit on Cutler was a joke... Cutler crossed the line of scrimmage and Suh pushed him hard with his fore arm from behind.... his only other option was to yell FIRE to try and scare Cutler.....  the other 2 were legitimate fines, but I doubt there is enough of a history to fine him 5 or 6 games.


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