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Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:06 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2011 2:58 pm

Ndamukong Suh has apologized for his turkey day stupidity. It's a good start. Though he needs to apologize to the man who's body he attacked like it was a wing minus the stuffing.

But there is something bigger than his apology. It is this: if you expect a lengthy, hard punishment for Suh, you might be disappointed. I could be wrong but numerous signs point to Suh getting no more than a fine and one-game suspension.

Here's why. Aside from the notorious Albert Haynesworth head stomp, there hasn't been more than a one-game suspension for on-field violations in the Roger Goodell years, and Suh was tossed for the second half of the game, so that should tell you something.

Again: Goodell has not issued lengthy suspensions for on-field infractions. It just has not been his way. That could change with this but it seems unlikely.

During the Goodell administration, there have been the following suspensions for on-field violations:

Haynesworth – five games.

Roy Williams--one game (after third illegal horse collar tackle of season).

Elbert Mack--one game (launched helmet-to-helmet against Matt Ryan on interception; second flagrant hit in three games). And Eric Smith, one game suspension plus a $50,000 fine (flagrant helmet-to-helmet hit on Anquan Boldin).

Dante Wesley--one game (launch and hit Tampa’s Clifton Smith in head with shoulder and forearm before he had touched ball).

In 2010, there were no suspensions.

So, see the pattern there? Goodell seems to draw a distinction between off-field bad behavior and on it. Again, he could change course, but it seems like Suh will miss a maximum of one game.

Category: NFL
Tags: Lions

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:13 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

And all those suspensions other than Haynesworth occured during the course of play from whistle to whistle. Suh stomped on a guy well after the whistle. Leave it to the racist Freeman to defend Suh. Anybody want to guess what Freeman's opinion would be if it was a white player that stomped on a black player?

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:05 pm

Get Creative, Roger

Suh's antics are reprehensible. For all of you yahoos who are defending his actions and trying to feminize those of us who don't like watching that kind of behavior, YOU should grow up.  It is clear that you never played the game one down in your pathetic, mom's-basement-dwelling lives.   The game is violent, but that is because of the nature of the game.  Hit as hard as you can.  If you get hit harder than you think necessary, you get the chance to line up against the guy who did it next down. 

But the way Suh consistently reacts to adversity would be criminal if it happened anywhere but on a football field.  He got served by an O-lineman, slammed the man's head repeatedly into the ground (right, Suh, you were just trying to get up!), then started stomping on the only bare, unprotected flesh he could find (it looked to me like he was stomping an arm, not an "inner thigh") with a cleat.  His "apology" wasn't an apology at all.  His never are. And it certainly wouldn't mean much if he had damaged the man's arm.

Punishment is due, but let's get creative with it.  Rather than suspend him for a game (games?) against teams against whom he committed no offense, suspend him from playing games against the Packers only.  It is clear the emotion is too much for him.  Let him watch from home where he can get as mad as he wants to get.   That plus a six-digit fine.

This guy's act is getting really old really fast.

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:01 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

where in the history of football has stomping on someone who just pancaked your overrated ass allowed?
never is where.
wrestling,pushing,banging helmets etc, yes
stomping on a man laying on his back has NEVER been acceptable anywhere except wrestling. 

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:00 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

For anybody saying violence is part of the game, there is one fact they are forgetting:  Not this type of violence.  There have not been over reactions to what Suh did.  Suh needs to be made an example of, he's already been tap dancing all over the "clean/dirty" line.  He needs to be reeled in.  The NFL has a good image and it needs to be protected.  Goodell will not give a tiny wrist slap on this one IMO.  4 games minimum would send a valuable message to him, the Lions, and any other dirty player out there.  It has no place in this game. that foot stomp was absolutely disgusting, and that is not an over reaction. 

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:37 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

If the NFL wants theatrics, and you know they love em, suspend him up to the next game against the Packers.   I think a game or two would be sufficent, but this would add a little more drama to what could be a throwaway game (Pack clinched division and best record and resting its players, Stafford will be on IR by then).

I think with his history of dirty playing, coupled with the fact that he did this after meeting w/ Goodell himself to talk about his reputation, I cannot see them giving him any less than a couple games.  This was the biggest game of the week, nationally televised.  If Goodell doesn't put the hammer down, he might as well just get rid of the hammer all together because he will have a hard time justifying fining the Steelers if he doesn't do something about this.

And while I agree that the NFL is becoming pansier (if such a word exists) with each and every rule change, this one is should be punished hard.  This was post play and if he completely connects, he could have seriously injured the Packer OL.  And yes, I know the game is violent and injuries happen, but not after the whistle.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:33 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Indeed to hoops' comment

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:31 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment


Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:27 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Suh is dirty - plain and simple.  The NFL manages its image better than any other professional sport - it eill be sad to see if the NFL does not clamp down on this clown.

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:18 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

"So, see the pattern there? Goodell seems to draw a distinction between off-field bad behavior and on it"

I hope Goodell is that reasonable.  Why? Because the very nature of the game is violent, and much more so than this little incident. It has been COMPLETELY blown out of proportion.  No one nearly tore apart anything, Mr. Freeman.  It was two HUGE men, fully equipped and protected, having a little scuffle.  It used to happen all the time without the hyper sensitive media outlets telling us all that we should be outraged by it. 

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 2:04 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

He'll get his one game, then you crybaby pansies and fake moralist blowhards can go back to whining about how hard they hit and how mean and nasty NFL players are nowadays. 

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