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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: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:08 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

There's a major flaw in the thinking here. If you take another look, all offenses but Haynesworth's took place WHILE THE BALL WAS STILL IN PLAY! These players were all trying to make tackles in one way or another - whether it be in the spirit of the rules or not. Haynesworth's & Suh's incidents took place away from the ball and after the whistle. They also involved DELIBERATE acts to attempt to injure an opponent...WITH FOOTBALL SPIKES! If Suh isn't suspended for multiple games, despite his apology, then Goodell has some explaining to do for his utter lack of consistency regarding discipline.

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 12:01 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Suh is definitely a beast on the field. He has a little bit of an attitude BUT that is needed these days. The NFL has damn near turned into flag football. The GreenBay lineman was holding on for dear life........nothing pisses off a D-lineman more than a guy who is constantly holding.

Suh needs to keep up the tough play in the name of Deacon Jones, Conrad Dobler, Jack Tatum, Jack Lambert, Ronnie Lott and the mean guys who wanted to punish the opponent. 

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:46 am

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

"Sub"?  Who is this Sub guy now?  My gosh you are a stupid mother f*cker.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:46 am

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

The fat boys reputation precedes him on this one. In other words, Suh's potential punishment is not based solely on this one incident (which is bad enough), but also on his track record of previous incidents. Fact is he deserves what he gets and I believe he will get a multi-game suspension. I'd love to he what Coach Schwarty has to say about things, though he knows he has to keep his mouth shut since he is probably still tettering on suspension. Like they say, a fish stinks from the head down!

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:40 am

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Suh in his next meeting with the commish: "Last time we talked, you said leading with the helmet is illegal.  You didn't say anything about stomping on a player on the ground.  You mean that's illegal too????"

Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:33 am

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

The Dennis Rodman of the NFL. Sub is a piece of shit.

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:24 am

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

I am a huge lifelong Lions fan, but there is no excuse for thism, and I won't let claims of 'retaliation' let Suh off the hook.  Suh should get at least a three-game suspension, and if it costs us a playoff spot, so be it.  There is no place for this.  I love the Lions' overall direction, but there is no place for this sloppy and unsportsmanlike play.  Now all refs will be looking extra-closely at the Lions on every play - the bottom line is, undisciplined and out-of-control teams do not get the borderline calls, so Suh is hurting not only himself but his team.  We finally have some TALENT on the Lions - let's clean it up and put this past us, and get back to WINNING!!

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:03 am

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Go bears

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:01 am

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

The problem here goes beyond stomping on the guy's leg. It's that this is clearly seen on tape, yet Suh inexplicably does not acknowledge it.  In his world, that's not what happened.  For that level of arrogance alone, he should get more than one game.  One game if he comes clean, ADMITTING what he did.  Go ahead and admit it, DonkeyKong, as we can all see it anyway.

Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:59 am

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Ummm, you guys must've been drunk watching this game.  Suh flung the lineman...the lineman was hanging on until he got his head bounced 4 times off the turf.  

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