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Two games not enough for Suh

Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:05 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 11:11 am
 
Ndamukong Suh got off easy. He deserved more than a two-game suspension.

Yeah, I know, he expressed remorse after the incident ... but it took him a day after the event to make the apology.

In the meantime, he not only committed an act so dirty that it got him tossed from the game; he defended himself, saying he was trying to regain his balance ... when the evidence showed he wasn't.

Suh's action was bad; his explanation was worse. In fact, it was only after he was condemned by everyone out there, including his own club, that Suh changed his story.

So he called commissioner Roger Goodell to apologize. Big deal. He also met with him this season to tell him he wasn't a dirty player, saying afterward that he had a better understanding of the rules. Then he goes out and steps on the arm of a Green Bay lineman ... on national TV, no less ... gets ejected ... and tells reporters at a post-game news conference that he did nothing wrong.

"I don't do bad things," he said then. "I have no intentions to hurt someone."

Huh?

If I'm Goodell, I don't care what he has to say anymore. The guy has no credibility. Clearly, he doesn't understand that what he does ... or how he plays ... is not what the NFL has in mind. It fines him. It warns him. And it does no good.

So now it suspends him, only it could have taken a much stronger stance. When Albert Haynesworth stepped on Andre Gurode's face in 2006 he was suspended five games. Haynesworth's action was heinous, and it inflicted a gash so serious that took 30 stitches to close. A substantial penalty was necessary, and a substantial penalty was imposed.

But Haynesworth had no history like Suh. Yes, his action was reprehensible and more injurious, but Suh has a pattern of dirty play that has gone on too long. He told the commissioner he understood the rules, then went out and demonstrated that, no, as a matter of fact, he does not.

Apparently, nothing Goodell said at their meeting resonated with the guy. So sit him down and make him think about what can. I'm not sure that anything gets Suh's attention, but sitting him down for more than two games might have.












Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:50 am
 

Two games not enough for Suh

@ tdmeister


  


That is the seemingly "official" poll you didn't believe  



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:48 am
 

Two games not enough for Suh

Say whatever you want about the guy () but he is an animal and I for one enjoy watching him. ps I am not a LIONS fan. I personally can not wait till New Years day for the rematch.



Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:02 am
 

Two games not enough for Suh

You people need to come to grips with the fact that football players are the closest thing we have to Gladiators. What Suh did was nothing to be suspended for. Nobody was seriously injured and he was ejected from the game. Enough already with the he should have been suspended for the remainder of the year. By that logic the Green Bay Packer's lineman should be suspended two games at least. It is a violent and extremely physical game and tempers are going to flare. As long as nobody is injured by a cheap vicious hit why do we need to suspend players. You guys would have given Jack Tatum the death penalty for the hit he put on Darryl Stingley.

You guys would want to suspend a baseball pitcher 20 games for intentionally beaning a batter? 2 games is 12% of the season for stubbing a toe on a guy who should have been flagged for a personal foul... You people are what is wrong with this country soft over reaching pansies.



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:47 pm
 

Two games not enough for Suh

Suh should have been suspended for the remainder of the season. As I've stated before, the problem is not only Suh, but Schwartz's problem as well.  Schwartz coaches his players to play dirty.  Some may call it coaching them to play hard and strike fear it the other team, but there is a line that has been crossed many times by Schwartz coached teams.  Haynesworth had no history, but stepped on Gurode.  He was coached by Schwartz on defense.  I have seen 4 Lions games this year and think that defensive end Avery is just as dirty.  In the 2d Bears Lions game this year rookie NIck Fairley was penalized for a late sack and them slamming Cutler to the ground with his body.  If this happens once or twice it may be called inadvertant, but when it happens so consistently its a problem and Goodell better nip it in the bud because if he gives Suh an inch he will no doubt take a mile. He's already proven that.



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Two games not enough for Suh

Clark talking about Suh injuring other players for dirty play.  Come on bonehead,  name me one player that was a victim of the dirty and in Clarks misJudgement intent to hurt others ever miss a play.   hmmm  yea didnt think so.  And Suh got part of his reputation for playing 2 hand touch with Cutler.  get real. 



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:34 pm
 

Two games not enough for Suh

OK in real life there is a 3 strike penalty: this isn't Suh's first NFL offense, nor 2nd nor 3rd but ELEVENTH! In less than 2 years in the league. At some point the league has to question what this player's role is. The NFL keeps stating how they are trying to improve their image, and they let a player like this compete. I would be hard pressed to find a player who has committed so many personal fouls in so little a time in the league. Even though I can't think of a player in any sport who has been banned for life for his actions in the field, in this case there may have to be a first time, unless this behavior stops quickly.



Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Two games not enough for Suh

Nite, Kindly direct us all to this seemingly "official" poll that was taken...



Since: Jul 9, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Two games not enough for Suh

Indefinitely?  Ridiculous.  You don't go from a two game suspension to forever with nothing in between.  There is no precedent for it.  It would be like giving someone the electric chair for vandalism.



Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:29 pm
 

Two games not enough for Suh

Let's see , two game suspension will cost Suh $164,000 in salary, that seems like a very stiff penalty in my world. While I think what he did was wrong,I think it has been overplayed , in my opinion. I grew up watching  football and remember players like Mean Joe Green, Conrad Dobler, and many others who played tough and were called dirty, imagine if they played now, the outcry would be deafening. With the advent of sports talk shows and other mass media , and so many voices trying to be heard, incidents like these get blown out of proportion. While I agree with the suspension , I am amused with some of the comments i hear about anger management and other issues he may have. Imagine telling Mean Joe he needed anger management! Oh how times have changed, we are getting so soft and sensitive it seems.



Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:25 pm
 

Two games not enough for Suh

@sylee3000 -

"I feel the next time he does something like this, he needs to be suspended from the NFL indefintely."


That will never happen, the NFL loves this drama it is great for the ratings. Just like every hero (Brady / Rodgers) needs a villian (Suh / Harrison) - When is the last time a player got an indefinite suspention for an on field action?


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