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Ndamukong Suh: I'm dirty 'when my mom tells me'

Posted on: August 29, 2011 2:55 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2011 7:31 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Following the recent Detroit whipping of New England, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote a column about Ndamukong Suh and how he's offically become a dirty player at this (early) point in his career.

The piece generated a groundswell of opinion from fans and media alike and on Monday, Suh was asked what he thought about being dirty. And he continued to defend his play, as well as use his mother as a reference for clean play in the NFL.

"I’m going to continue to play hard and play within the rules as I have been," Suh told CBSSports.com's Lions Rapid Reporter John Kreger. "When I'll consider myself a dirty player is when my mom tells me [I am]."

Suh also discussed the "punch" he threw at Logan Mankins, which he claims was necessary for the defense of a teammate.

"Everything happens in the trenches," Suh said. "You’re not just going to sit there [as a] teammate and walk away from ... your (teammate) being grabbed by his facemask."

Additionally, Suh said he didn't regret the incident and that he felt it fell within the "legal" boundaries of what's acceptable on a football field.

"Do I regret (the incident)? No," Suh told Kreger. "The funny thing about the whole situation is that I wasn’t the one who got the 15-yard penalty for grabbing the facemask ... I didn’t know you can’t help protect one of your teammates."

You can protect your teammates, but throwing punches at another player is a pretty quick way to pick up a large fine from the league. Suh said he didn't receive any penalty, however, because he discussed the incident with the officials at Saturday's game.

"I had a great conversation with the ref who saw the (incident)," Suh told Kreger. "He said, 'Next time, make sure you let me handle the situation, but I understand what you were doing, helping your teammate out.'"

The question is whether or not the league will understand what Suh was doing. And even if the guys who hand out fines at the NFL do get that he was protecting his teammate, it might not matter much, as Suh could certainly be facing a fine from the 280 Park Avenue.

In the meantime, expect plenty of continued debate about whether or not Suh is a dirty player (and feel free to weigh in below!). I'm personally of the opinion that he's so freaking strong it's nearly impossible for him not to look dirty and that certain incidents -- namely, the Jake Delhomme rag-doll toss in the 2010 preseason -- have led to the development of a reputation that Suh will find very hard to shake.

That's precisely why everyone was in an uproar (the league to the tune of $20,000) when he accidentally popped off Andy Dalton's helmet, and it's precisely why when he throws a punch there's more concern than if another NFL player did so.

But that's also part of being a defensive superstar with freakishly terrifying strength -- people are going to be keeping a closer eye on you.



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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:03 am
 

Ndamukong Suh: I'm dirty 'when my mom tells me'



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Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh: I'm dirty 'when my mom tells me'

I know, can you believe Delhome was in the NFL



Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2011 7:19 am
 

Ndamukong Suh: I'm dirty 'when my mom tells me'

DO YOU REALLY THING JAMES HARRISON IS DIRTY?

I really believe he plays the game right and the recent protective rule changes are making him appear dirty.

If Harrison makes these hits 10 years ago, he'd be known as the best LB on the planet...  I believe he still is.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:28 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh: I'm dirty 'when my mom tells me'

Being from Toledo, I've seen a lot of Lions games over the years and man has it been hard to watch.  I can't say enough about what the coaches and ownership have done in the past 3 years with this team and they actually played some of the best games I've seen in years last year, and with 2nd and 3rd string QB's.  I'm actually excited to be stuck watching Lions games this year.

Join the sensation that will be the Lions for the next decade. It's ok to move across the border and have some fun. Toledo (Cleveland) let you guys down with Lebron. Come to the Dark side that is the Lions.
On another note McCoy did dink and dunk us to death. The Browns are on there way up as well. Im guessing atleast 7 or more wins for them in a tough division with the Ravens and Steelers.



Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:27 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh: I'm dirty 'when my mom tells me'

Suh is not a dirty player whatsoever. He does not take plays off. He has a nasty streak that comes from intensity. His hits don't even compare to the likes of Steeler's LB James Harrison and Titans DB Cortland Finnegan, whose play has cost them plenty. Even Steeler's WR Hines Ward is thought to be a dirty player for his cheap crack-back blind-side blocks. Ndamukong Suh is only a second year player. He's extemely agile and strong. Just because he can penetrate the offensive line and get hard hits on running backs and quarterbacks doesn't make him dirty. It makes him a great player.


With Suh and a healthy DT Nick Fairley and the addition of key free agents like safet Eric Coleman, DB Eric Wright, HB Jerome Harrison, and LB's Tulloch and Durant, the defense and the franchise is trending upwards. With a healthy Matthew Stafford and his star wide receiver Calvin Johnson, the Lions are going to be a scrappy team in 2011. A team that may surprise a lot of teams on their schedule.

The defense has to be better at stopping the run as they were near the bottom at 24th. Wth DT Corey Williams, Suh, and a healthy Fairley, that will be a thing of the past.

As long as Stafford can stay healthy, major improvement on last year's 6-10 record.



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:03 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh: I'm dirty 'when my mom tells me'

Being from Toledo, I've seen a lot of Lions games over the years and man has it been hard to watch.  I can't say enough about what the coaches and ownership have done in the past 3 years with this team and they actually played some of the best games I've seen in years last year, and with 2nd and 3rd string QB's.  I'm actually excited to be stuck watching Lions games this year.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:56 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh: I'm dirty 'when my mom tells me'

I have no problem with what Suh did, and I'm a Pats fan. He just plays hard-nosed defensive football, a.l.a. Dick Butkus, Ray Nitschke and Deacon Jones. To me, that's REAL football.

It's nice to see the Lions getting up off the deck and becoming formidable again. A winning season(9-7) is definitely reachable. It might be too early to talk playoffs though. Maybe in 2012. But I think the Lions can and will finish ahead of both the Vikings and the Bears in the NFC North this season.



Since: Oct 30, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:27 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh: I'm dirty 'when my mom tells me'

Wish we had the guy "dirty or not!"  We've been looking for a D-tackle since Jerome Brown passed in the early 90's.  The Lions are definately on their way up with Suh, Johnson, and Stafford.  Good luck, hope the Lion take the Central! 



Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:53 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh: I'm dirty 'when my mom tells me'

Suh is the last thing from dirty! He plays the game like our fore fathers did. Mean Joe Green, Jack Lambert, Joel Youngblood, Mike Singletary, and oh ya...Reggie White!!!!...... With PASSION!!!! Give him some love........... he EARNED it!!!
Nothing you said is wrong, except that he's the last thing from dirty.  Unfortunately, in today's wussified NFL, the way that Suh plays is considered dirty and against the rules. 

I'm also calling BS on the fact that an official told Suh he saw the whole incident yet didn't throw a flag for Suh's punch.  Not a chance that the official saw the punch...or he would have thrown a flag.  The fact that the official didn't see it is somewhat concerning, but if he did see it he wouldn't have ignored it.  It's just another example of the NFL officials being an absolute joke.  It's a travesty how BAD the officials are.


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