Ndamukong Suh was going to get disciplined by the NFL for his block on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan. That block happened at about 14:09 in the second quarter when DeAndre Levy had just intercepted a wayward Christian Ponder pass and was in the process of returning it for a touchdown. The touchdown was nullified because of the penalty.
The Lions did get possession of the ball, and on the first play Matthew Stafford threw an interception that would lead to an Adrian Peterson touchdown for the Vikings.
The block Suh threw on Sullivan was below the hip and behind the play. Lets face it, Lions fans, there’s no way Sullivan is going to catch Levy from behind. Other than that, I have no problem with that block.
There are things as fans we can’t relate to unless we can imagine ourselves on the field.
First, plays don’t happen in slow motion. Suh does not have time to sit there and think about possible ramifications for such a block that was legal just last season. No NFL player has that kind of time during any play.
Second, defensive players relish situations where they can turn the tables on the offensive players and throw a block. Go ask an NFL defender. True story.
Third, there is no forethought or planning, just reaction. We can sit in our cushy chairs or sofas and watch that slow motion replay all we want, the game isn’t played in slow motion. If and when Suh decides he needs to think about doing something during the play, he needs to be benched, because that play is past him.
Yep, that’s football.
Was that block a ‘stupid’ play? Well, it was a legal block just last season. We probably will see this type of penalty called this year, as players do need to adjust. Thing is, this is Ndamukong Suh we’re talking about, and the NFL wants to send a message. Any other player doesn’t get this stiff a fine.
Phillip Zaroo, former Mlive Lions beat writer, posted the following on facebook:
‘Ndamukong Suh’s block wasn’t dirty. It’s called reaction. If he had really thought about it, he would’ve identified John Sullivan as someone who had absolutely no chance of catching DeAndre Levy. He deserved a penalty, which he received. Get over yourselves for one second, and leave the guy alone.’
Yep, if he had sit there and thought about it.
If you still think it’s a stupid play, and Suh has a history of stupid plays, Suh graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from the College of Engineering in December 2009.
He isn’t just a dumb football player. He’s bigger than you, faster than you, and probably smarter than you.
Sources tell me NFL is considering a whopping $100,000 fine for Lions’ Suh for hit this weekend
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) September 10, 2013
Thing is, that block is going to cost him $100,000. You can buy into the bad reputation thing and add this to your list, or you can realize that the NFL is going to use Suh and players like him to send messages.
Suh has accepted fines by the league in the past, but I see an appeal in the near future over this one.
- Detroit Lions’ Jim Schwartz defends Ndamukong Suh, but says low block was unnecessary (mlive.com)
- Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh says block to knees was unintentional, but Vikings say ‘it was uncalled for’ (mlive.com)
- Detroit Lions Recliner Report – Minnesota Vikings (thesilverdomeblues.com)
- Ndamukong Suh one of six players named a team captain (detroitlions.com)