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Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

Posted on: November 24, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2011 11:32 am
 
Suh will definitely get fined and possibly suspended for his latest antics.  (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Ndamukong Suh is not a dirty player. We know this because Ndamukong Suh repeats this message almost weekly, usually after a questionable play that virtually everyone agrees would qualify as dirty. The latest incident took place during the Packers-Lions Thanksgiving Day game.

With just over nine minutes remaining in the third quarter and Green Bay leading 7-0, Suh was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct (his second such penalty of the season). What should've been a field-goal attempt for the Packers ended up being a first down, and worse for Detroit: Suh was ejected for stomping on Green Bay guard Evan Blake Dietrich-Smith after the play had concluded.



The Packers scored two plays later to take a 14-0 lead. Looking back at how the game unfolded, you could point to Suh's disqualification as the turning point in the game, and perhaps the Lions' season.

To that point, Detroit had outplayed Green Bay. But In the eight minutes after Suh was sent to the locker room, Lions quarterback Matt Stafford threw two interceptions and by the start of the fourth quarter, the Packers led 24-0. By the time it was over, Green Bay had cruised to a 27-15 victory and an 11-0 record.

Suh had been fined three times for more than $42,000 before his latest on-field incident Thursday afternoon. Ironically, he met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last month for clarification on these previous fines and came away sounding pleased. Shortly after the get-together Suh wrote on his Facebook page:


"I am very appreciative of the opportunity to sit and speak with the Commissioner and his staff to clarify a few questions about my play, and the game in general. I have gained a better understanding how I need to play the game to help my team win. I look forward to the rest of the season and the doing everything we can to bring the Lombardi Trophy to Detroit."

Suh either has a horrible memory or his emotions continue to get the best of him. Because it's clear that his "understanding how I need to play the game to help my team win" didn't carry over from his meeting with Goodell.

And not only did Suh hurt his team's chances of winning against the Packers, he could affect the Lions' matchup with the Saints next week, too. There's no doubt that Suh will face another hefty fine, but there's the real possibility that he could be suspended.

In 2006, then-Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was ejected from a game for stomping on the head of Cowboys center Andre Gurode, who had lost his helmet during the play. Haynesworth was ejected and suspended for five games. Suh's antics weren't nearly as malicious as Haynesworth's, something Goodell may or may not take into consideration.


Whatever happens, Suh has to change the way he plays. He can continue to claim that he's not dirty only to continue to rack up personal-foul penalties, fines and possibly suspensions. Or he can figure out a way to play within the rules while still dominating whomever happens to line up across from him.

We probably won't know Suh's fate for several days. But the Lions are now 7-4, and their schedule doesn't let up for the rest of the regular season. Detroit travels to New Orleans in 10 days, then they'll face the Vikings, Raiders and Chargers before traveling to Lambeau Field in Week 17.

Ideally, Suh will do his part to help keep the Lions in the playoff race. But if he doesn't change the way he plays, he'll end up doing more harm than good.

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Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

I've lost a lot of respect for Suh.  Being a Packers fan, I have a hard time defending players from any NFC North team, but I always defended him as an intense player.  He's turning out to be a guy who can't control his anger, and the NFL has had its share of players like that in the past.  If he doesn't change, he'll do something he'll regret more than this.  That being said, I think the Lions need to get him focused.  His play hasn't been very impressive this year.

I can understand anybody losing respect for Suh right now, what he did today was ridiculous beyond belief.  Whenever people complain about late hits on quarterbacks, a helmut being knocked off, etc  I laugh out loud because to me that's the NFL... not just Suh.  But today,,,,all I have to say about what Suh did is.... WOW....AWFUL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That being said I disagree with the last line of your post.  Take it from a guy that hasn't missed a snap this season, Suh has been a lot more effective then his stats show.  He has been double teamed a lot more then last year, sometimes even triple teamed.  That happening has opened things up for everybody else, allowing the Lions to not only get a lot of sacks but put constant pressure on quarterbacks all game long. 

I think Suh will mature.. he's a massive man but he's still a kid and he lacks discipline.  He HAS TO MATURE....Lion haters like to blame the coaches but it's not the coaches fault, not at all.  There is only so much you can do.... Suh is a franchise type player and if you're a coach you can't turn on him or slam him publicly.  I think in time he'll be fine, but for right now he'll have to suck it up and take whatever penalty the league dishes out to him.... and I have a feeling this one won't be pretty. 



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

I've lost a lot of respect for Suh.  Being a Packers fan, I have a hard time defending players from any NFC North team, but I always defended him as an intense player.  He's turning out to be a guy who can't control his anger, and the NFL has had its share of players like that in the past.  If he doesn't change, he'll do something he'll regret more than this.  That being said, I think the Lions need to get him focused.  His play hasn't been very impressive this year.



Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

Suh's statement about this incident will not help him in this matter he is a lier as well the whole world saw what he did and he wants to claim it was a accident. This was an intentional assault he banged the player's head on the ground and stomped him. With him being fined several times in the past  I feel this calls for a wake up call. Say in the $200,000 fine two -five game suspension range.



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

The 'orange shoes' issue is one of NFL apparel rules, and the shoes aren't on the list.  The NFL has contracts with shoe companies that supply the NFL, and that means money.  The NFL is a business, and breaking contracts isn't good business.   It's been that way for many years now.  If I were a company that made shoes for the NFL, I'd be making an orange pair for the Bears, then put a cleatless version in every shoes store in Chicago. 



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

Red wings you ARe wrong. Suspensions happen for deplorable acts like the behavior Suh exhibited. After "clarifying" league rules about his "style of play" a 5-6 game suspension is more than reasonable. That is NFL league office justice. On the flip side of NFL players not respecting each other, I will slightly agree with you. At some point an offensive linemen that shares the same respect for Suh that he receives will likely oblige him with on field justice....otherwise known as a CHOP BLOCK. BTW Haynesworth got 5 games without the history or baggage SUH brings.



Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

I'd hate to be his girlfriend/wife.  Just saying.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

I believe Mr Suh deserves a nice 2 week vacation along with a small fine of $250,000. This would put an end to this garbage. Dirty, dirty play from what I thought was a good guy.



Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

Clearly Goodell will put up a suspension on him, Suh really intended to kick him and before that pummeling his head three times on the ground. More likely he won't play against the Saints next week in my opinion. And personally i think it was the momentum shifter for that game. I think even if Stafford is not going to have a good game, and Smith went down, the defense can keep them on the game and Suh is a big part of that defense him not playing and being ejected put a nail on the coffin. The Lions really should instigate a better grasp on their team players maturity if they want to be a team that can win games against the top teams.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

5 games?  Listen man, don't get crazy.  I'm a Lions fan and I was and still am PISSED at Suh for what he did. It was stupid, selfish, immature, dangerous and outright ridiculous in every sense of the word.  But this is the NFL, a vicious league where players are trying to hurt each other every single week.  Don't kid yourself, players in the NFL have no respect for each other.  Some will say the right things publicly, but they don't care about each other.  

What I'm saying is until the NFL starts suspending players on a regular basis, a 5 game suspension is crazy.  Start suspending players on a regular basis for doing stupid things, even if it's only for 1 or 2 games.  If and when that starts happening, I'll be ok with a 5 gamer for something bad and much worse like what Suh did.  Until then, anything more then a 1 or 2 game suspension doesn't make sense based on what the NFL has done in the past.  



Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Suh doing more harm than good, facing suspension?

A game or two suspension could be a possibility...it was pretty blatant but more to the point it was a nationally televised game.<br /><br /> Great players step up in the big games. Suh certainly did not do that.  Heck a back up lineman got the better of him and he reacted like a third grader!<br /><br />For me the jury was out as to whether Suh was a dirty player or not.....not any more.   He is a danger on the field until he learns how to control his emotions.  



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