Friday, September 3, 2010
Consider yourself warned, Ndamukong Suh
By Kevin Seifert
Just making sure you caught Adam Schefter's report on the $7,500 fine issued to Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. We discussed the issue at hand earlier this week; Suh grabbed the facemask of Cleveland Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme and then twisted him to the ground during a Aug. 28 preseason game at Ford Field.
My opinion hasn't changed. I'm all for mean and nasty defensive linemen, especially considering the way the Lions defense has been pushed around in recent years. But here's the realithy: whether you believe the takedown was intentional or an accident, NFL officials are never going to allow a play like that to go unpunished. Like it or not, the quarterback will be protected every time.
I don't care about a fine, but the Lions defense can't absorb many 15-yard penalties. And if the league had suspended Suh, a possible consequence if there is a next time, all he would have done is hurt his team further. Now let's move on.