By: Ryan Wooley
Stop me if you have heard this before. Ndamukong Suh is a dirty player.
It seems that after every nationally televised Detroit Lions game the defensive tackle is not only reprimanded for his prior actions on and off the field–whether right or wrong, but a new tackle or fierce hit is put under the microscope and twisted to make him look like he is out to severely injure a player.
The most recent tackle comes from Monday Night Football where Jay Cutler was scrambling to avoid Suh and was slammed to the ground on his throwing shoulder which had him leave the game for a few plays at the end of the first half.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t condone a lot of what Suh has done on the field (let alone off it) and I’m the first to admit I thought he was a dirty player with his actions on Thanksgiving last year when he stomped on Evan Dietrich Smith, as that is the true definition of a dirty play–but the hit on Cutler was purely a football move.
Chicago head coach Lovie Smith, Jay Cutler and even the NFL say it was perfectly legal, yet Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall took to Twitter to chastise Suh for the hit:
“A Suh. What u did to Jay wasn’t cool. Great players don’t have to do that,”
“A Suh. Something I’ve learned and now passing down to you. Succeed with character.”
So to be clear, a man that has been charged twice with suspicion of domestic violence and also pulled over for driving the wrong way on a one-way street while intoxicated is talking about succeeding with character? Perhaps he should focus on his own life rather than trying to belittle someone else.
I mean seriously, what did Marshall want Suh to do in that situation? Both players are running at full speed with one trying to throw the ball while the other is trying to tackle him and when they meet, all momentum is with Suh taking Cutler to the ground.
Things happen during tackles and that is what makes football a physical, violent sport. If Marshall wanted his quarterback to be laid down with ease then go play flag football or two hand touch. This is the NFL.
On top of that, if you’re the only person outside of your fan base that wants to cry foul and say it was a dirty play, yet the quarterback you’re defending, your coach and the league say it was legal, don’t you think you would retract your comments just a bit?
Then again, that would be too much to ask of a guy that is notorious for hitting women and denying it.
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