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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."


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

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:00 pm

Two games not enough for Suh

Being a Vikings fan, I have no great love for either team. Being a Packers fan, I can see your point of view (distorted as it may be), but look at the replay. You can clearly see that Suh got hit from back/side because he lunges forward. Their combined weight would have all been on Suh's knee if he hadn't turn. Watch the replay without your Packer glasses on.

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:53 pm

Two games not enough for Suh

Lets just say your right for a sec (ps there were something like 20 million people watching, I recorded the game and watched the play 10 times to see what happened). Whose to say that even if Smith were attempting something dirty relative to Suh that something prior had not already been tried by Suh himself? Where do the Lions comments regarding their efforts to take out Rodgers play in to the equation from the week prior to the game? End of the day, Suh last his cool and lashed out and now gets an expensive vacation. Apply to your own world. If someone does something to you that you don't like (ie cuts you off in traffic), you can't go smack them in the mouth without consequences. Even if they were in the wrong...

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:17 pm

Two games not enough for Suh

I saw the play Thursday. What Suh did was a dirty play by a thug. There is no excuse for what he did. Just because it's football does not give a player a right to commit such a flagrant act of filth.

And Suh has 11 personal fouls against him in not even 2 years in the NFL. He has to learn that there ARE rules to football. This isn't a Roman coliseum where you can do what you wish. And he also needs to learn that being such a thug only hurts your team. His antics may very well cost his team any chance at the playoffs.

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

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:04 pm

Two games not enough for Suh

What Suh did was entirely out of line, BUT he is not the only person involved with that game who was out of line.

I like the Packers, so I am not hating on the Packers by saying this but the refereeing in that game was dreadful and that's being kind. And it seemed rather slanted against the Lions, pretty odd considering that they were at home. I turned it off at halftime it was so disgusting to watch, I even told my relatives that I wouldn't be surprised if a Lion player got sick of the biased referee treatment against them and did something to get tossed. They didn't believe me, until we saw the replay of it during halftime of the Cowboys-Dolphins game.

Repeated bad calls that keep going against one team get the emotions high. That said Suh fully deserves his suspension, but the referees who officiated that game should be punished too. That is the story no one is talking about.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 7:48 pm

Two games not enough for Suh

I really don't care if this penalty has hurt the Lions chances. Some things that happen just need a severe punishment. If not, every team with chance at the playoffs theoretically, could the take shots ot the opposition QB's with impunity. No, No, No, he got 2 games and should have gotten more.
But the real culprit is Swhwartz. Why do all the teams he's coached, have a habit of being dirty? He should have been fined also. He's had more than enough time to regulate the behavior of his players. They have been fined more than any other team the last year and a half. Yet the penalties have gotten worse and worse. Two weeks ago Fairley drove a QB into the ground, a personnel foul, but he also did it 3 seconds after the whistle. That was an extremely dirty play. Why didn't Goodell do more than a $15,000 fine? He's been around long enough to realize that this team is dirty. So I go back to my original question. Why hasn't Schwartz been fined for the way his team plays?

Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 7:32 pm

Two games not enough for Suh

@ Pizza

While I get your point, regardless if he thought he was being held or pushed he simply cannot react that way. He has to stay in control of his emotions when things get heated. Maybe his comments after the game were genuine that he didn't think he tried to stomp on the guy. Maybe it is all a blur to him because he let his emotions cause him to rage and take over his body and mind. If that is the case though he needs to seek some professional help to get that under control. You can't just say well his emotions took over and he didn't mean it so lets not punish him. He has to take responsibility for his actions whether he consciously or subconsciously committed them.   Allowing things to continue will just lead to someone getting seriously hurt. As far as how this affects the Lions, if this suspension keeps them out of the playoffs because missing Suh hurts them well that is too bad. He is a member of that team and if he is good enough to help them win then his negative actions can help them lose too.

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 7:13 pm

Two games not enough for Suh

Two games is really a severe penalty. He loses two game checks in the process. This all happened so quickly it's not as if he had time to think about it beforehand. He reacted to what was happening at the moment. It appeared that he may have been being held and pushed while another Packer who'd been knocked down might have been, in his mind, cutting him. That has caused injuries to many a defensive lineman. Was it what happened? No. But, in the moment it may have caused him to retaliate. We don't know what caused him to go off. But, having seen the replay, that's what I think lead him to snap. I think two games was the correct choice. I doubt this would've caused the stir it did had it not taken place on Thanksgiving in front of a nationally televised audience. This really hurts the Lions chances of making the postseason, too. That's the fine line Goodell has to walk here. He can't eliminate a franchise and all of that's teams players who've worked hard so hard to be in the position from a postseason opportunity to satisfy the whims of a public wanting addtional punishment to be levied against an indivisual player. They don't deserve that, even though Suh himself may.

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:55 pm

Two games not enough for Suh

Wonder how the NFL feel now changing the Sunday night game to Detroit / NO. It is not as a compelling game without Suh & given the fact Detroit may to start a WR in the secondary this might get ugly fast. Wouldn't suprise me if the appeal lets him play Sunday night (you know for the ratings) and then is denied Monday. Yeah that sounds about right. 

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:50 pm

Two games not enough for Suh

Man....that was a dirty play. Dang Suh..................I wish you were on our team, maybe

we would a few games. I for one love the attitude he brings to the game. Years ago this was

nothing, but all you pansies out there whining about this forgot its FOOTBALL!! They are men, they can handle

it.   I understand the suspension and it will definately hurt the Lions but i can't wait till he gets back.

Oh yea, i bet he has learned a lesson from this, with alll the whining going on about this, especially the media and some

of you will reign it in, but man i hope he doesn't lose the attitude.   

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:36 pm

Two games not enough for Suh

A 2 game suspension for Suh ends up costing his team and him and should be enough to actually stop some more blatent offenses in the future.

But seriously... this guy put no thought into what he did at that exact moment. He reacted. There was no time for him to stop and think what this was going to do to his team or himself, he just did it in frustration or anger and thats that. No amount of money or time is gonna stop Suh from being who he is. Maybe some anger management classes. But Suh plays on his emotions and it didnt work out for him THIS TIME.

I cant condone his actions that game but I can say I would play on this guys team because the guy plays hard and hypes his fans. He makes Detroit more money than he actually has lost them (or will lose them with the next two games). Entertainment is the name of the business, and regardless of how "dirty" this guy is, he brings fans to the stadium and viewers to the TV. Win.

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