Posted October 23, 2012

Ndamukong Suh will not be punished for hit; Brandon Marshall still miffed

Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

Bears coach Lovie Smith had no issues with [si_launchNFLPopup video='8d46ee2c426f41548d272967745c4ec8']Ndamukong Suh’s hard takedown of Jay Cutler[/si_launchNFLPopup] on Monday night. Neither did Cutler himself, nor the league, which said Monday that Suh would not be disciplined for the hit.

Chicago receiver Brandon Marshall, on the other hand …

Suh chased down a scrambling Cutler on the play in question, grabbed the QB’s sleeve, then slammed him to the turf as Cutler tried to spin free. Cutler stayed down for a moment, then later headed to the locker room for what the Bears called a rib injury.

“When he got a hold of me, I knew it wasn’t going to end well,” Cutler said in his postgame press conference.

Suh was not flagged on the play and walked over to on Cutler, while he was being attended to by trainers on the field. The two then appeared to exchange a brief, friendly word once Cutler got to his feet — Suh told the Chicago Tribune that Cutler patted him on the stomach and told him he was fine.

Bears fans might be in Marshall’s camp here, especially given Suh’s history (and the fact that this is at least his third brutal hit on Cutler during his career).

But Marshall’s wrong about this one — as Suh’s teammate, Lawrence Jackson, pointed out on Twitter. The fact that the NFL so quickly determined that Suh was in the clear is a pretty strong indication that nothing illegal happened. Given Suh’s past transgressions, the league would not have hesitated to at least hand out a fine if it felt such a punishment was warranted. Steelers safety Ryan Clark also spoke out to defend Suh’s hit.

This was one of those cases where the result looked worse than the intent. Suh’s a big, physical player and he happened to catch Cutler a little vulnerable. There did not appear to be any intent to injure, though, and Cutler said that his injury came from falling on the football, not the force of the hit.

Fortunately, Cutler was able to return to the game and play the entire second half. He might have been a little worse for the wear, but it was a display of toughness that should win Cutler a few points among Chicago fans.

The Bears and Lions should be able to put the Suh sack behind them, assuming Marshall lets it go.

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28 comments
stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

I'm not a Suh fan, I think the dude's been roiding for quite some time, but I don't see why people are complaining.  Clean tackle, he just fell on Cutler wrong, it's not as if he had complete control with his arms....it was like a judo hip toss.

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userbub12487
userbub12487

if he had launched his helmet to the chin of cutler,  suh should be suspended for the rest of the season.  this was a clean hit and deserves nothing but praise!

Shawn7
Shawn7

This was a legal hit, within the guideline of the NFL rule book.  No penalty was called on the play and the league office has deemed the hit to be clean.  Anyone disagreeing with this is of non-importance because the league office itself said the hit was legal.  You can be upset about it all you want, but when the league itself, and the opposing coach as well, both say the hit was legal and above board then crying foul is silly, nonsensical and basically idiotic. Now, I will agree with one thing one other poster had to say about this, I do feel that if this hit had occurred on either Brady or Peyton, and either was injured in the process, then the league would have fined Suh and possibly even levied a suspension.  Anyone who does not believe there isn't a double standard when it comes to specific players, and these two specifically, is just ignoring past precedent.  There isn't the 'Tom Brady' rule for nothing.

jweller3
jweller3

Nothing wrong with the hit.  Cutler should have thrown it away.

shawn6
shawn6

Anyone still in shock that Cutler continued to play after that brutal hit?

tsteg22
tsteg22

Let's not forget a couple plays later Suh came in unblocked on a blitz and had a free shot on Cutler, but instead held up and just barely touched him.

bocephus
bocephus

You ladies want some cheese with that whine....it's football ladies, get over it and grow a pair.

mefoster86
mefoster86

I don't see what all the fuss is about. People sure love whining.

StevenCremonni
StevenCremonni

i wish someone was big enough or tough enough to kick this bullies butt....ever since the Green Bay stomp....this guy needs a bounty on him

 

destin507
destin507

He has sort of a history for violent actions (the stomping on a Green Bay players head quickly comes to mind), so no wonder folks are upset about the hit. That hit on Jay appeared to be an intent to injure type hit, but I guess it is ok since he does not play for the Saints. I like good rough football like anyone else, but some hits are not called for.

 

Revsoul2
Revsoul2

Let's see the same "forearm into the neck - then drive your head into the ground" hit on Brady or Luck and see if there is a fine.....

larrybradford
larrybradford

 @stabmasterarson21 Guess you missed his leg whip, and then the drive into the ground. Yeah, it may be legal, but it is clearly intent to injure. Suh, and Steelers Harrison are two dirty malicious players with intent to injure, that, IMO should be thrown out of the NFL, and not idolized...

BearDown
BearDown

 @shawn6 no not shocked at all.. Breaking news: Cutler shakes off a sack. and that's different from any other week.... HOW? 

tsteg22
tsteg22

 @shawn6 I'm not really that surprised because it looked worse that it really was.   Cutler even said it hurt because he landed on the ball.  I've seen far worse hits that people pop up from.  I am surprised that the Lions kept on trying to get into the redzone all game knowing they were just going to turn it over.  Should have tried to score from outside the 20 yard line.

BearDown
BearDown

 @bocephus exactly what Bears fans were saying when everybody else in the NFL was crying over Cutler "bumping" Webb.  

Revsoul2
Revsoul2

@bocephus. Why have any rules then if anything goes. It's not really about the pain given out, it's about the potential benefit your team would get from a call. If you kiss Brady it's a 15yd loss, but you rip someone else's head off, hey jut man up and grow a pair. I'm just saying

thedude1
thedude1

@StevenCremonni

I understand that Marshall is protecting his QB, but let's not wussify football.  Suh's "stomp" of the GB lineman was disappointing, but overblown.  He's no more a bully than any other DL.  His job is to destroy the opposition.  Same as Julius Peppers. Or, did everyone forget that Pepper's hit knocked Stafford out for the season a few years back.  And, yes, that one was legal, too.

 

(Btw, you should use the possessive form of bully, not the plural.  "bully's" not "bullies". )

TomBrunhart
TomBrunhart

 @Revsoul2 Dude..the play was clean....Cutler was trying to get away and Suh simply said NO!

End of story.....Not even a majority of the whining Bear nation is contesting the play....

Loki
Loki

 @Revsoul2EVERY intelligent person on the planet tells you it was a clean hit and you are STILL whining....

 

BearDown
BearDown

 @TomBrunhart  @Revsoul2 you mean "WINNING Bear nation", fool. Go stick your head back in the silver sand, Tom.. nobody's whining here except YOU. 

Revsoul2
Revsoul2

@Loki , not whining..... just stating fact. Happens to Brady, different story. "EVERY" intelligent person knows Suh is a dirty player. Seriously, who uses MMA sweeps in football games?

Revsoul2
Revsoul2

@MattPoulsen @Loki , Seriously people, who doesn't love hard hitting football? But can you seriously say sweeping someone, fore arming their neck, driving their head to the ground isn't excessive? Then for Suh to say, "I can't stop my momentum"! Momentum had nothing to do with that hit...he did what he intended to do, except Cutler came back

marker264109
marker264109

Matty,

 

go tell Brandon Marshall to his face that Suh's hit was clean.   the leg sweep alone indicates otherwise....period.  you're entitled to your opinion, though....

MattPoulsen
MattPoulsen

 @Revsoul2  @Loki no you are not stating facts. You are stating your opinion.  And the opinion of every person with authority on the matter, including the QB himself, said it was NOT a dirty hit. Suh might be a dirty player, but does that mean every hit he makes is dirty??  Umm...no.