Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) during a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Ndamukong Suh Fined $31.5K for Unflagged Hit on Brandon Weeden


Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) during a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

At some point, it has to be enough, NFL.

Ndamukong Suh has done some indefensible things in his time as an NFL player.

But this?

I don’t usually like to be the screaming extremist in an argument. I try to find the merit to both sides, and come to the most reasonable middle ground. But there is no middle ground here. This was a hit that went unflagged and undiscussed.

Here it is again, in .gif form.

The NFL should be giving Suh money for demonstrating how they want players to hit quarterbacks legally.

Supposedly, the “illegal” part of the hit was the fact that he lowered his helmet into Weeden’s body. For starters, I cannot recall a time that “helmet to body” contact was penalized, much less fined.

But more importantly, can you take a look at that play and tell me what happens if Suh does not lower his head? Correct, he smashes Weeden helmet-to-helmet, and suddenly we’re hearing ESPN talk about whether the NFL should consider a lifetime ban for Suh.

There haven’t been a lot of fines the NFL has handed Suh that I haven’t understood at least on some level. The only other one that stands out is the fine for pushing Jay Cutler too hard.

This is worse than that one. This is Suh following the already difficult rules the NFL has saddled its defensive players with, and still coming out lighter in the wallet. The least the NFL could have done is explain what they would have rather Suh do, because it’s starting to look like they just never want him to touch anyone anywhere, ever.

And if the NFL wants to talk about illegal helmet-to-body contact, maybe they could give a quick explanation as to why this was never even reviewed for a fine?

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  • Kevin Splese

    its all setting up his next suspension. This way they can pull out all of the fines they gave him and nothing helped make him a safer player. It’s a joke. I just can’t decide if pushing a player or form tackling is the bigger joke.

    • Dean Holden

      I really don’t like the whole “conspiracy theory” thing when it comes to the NFL’s punishment guidelines, because they generally don’t make sense. A huge part of the reason the NFL is so profitable is because they have rules in place to encourage fairness and parity. It’s the exact opposite of NCAA football. But when you see something like this, how can you explain it? It doesn’t make any sense, so the only way to explain it is to assume there’s some hidden agenda.

      • Kevin Splese

        I don’t see it as hidden. They have made it clear they are out to “improve player safety” and Suh is the face of their pursuit, much like James Harrison has been. He is going to get a suspension for something at some point so they can use it as an example of how they are trying to make it safer.

        • Dean Holden

          It’s unfortunate how much truth I can see in this statement. It’s brutally unfair, but I can see where it makes perfect sense. And this is what I mean. Despite all they’ve done, I’m a true believer in the idea that the NFL is a fair organization with equality as one if its core values. And then they do stuff like this, and even staunch supporters like me start to wonder.

  • Herman Moore

    The league is making themselves look like idiots with this move. As you say, exactly how was he supposed to hit Weeden? Like you, I can only conclude that the NFL does not want him to hit anyone at all.

    • Dean Holden

      I assume that the NFL doesn’t like people talking about about how they fine players unfairly, or how’s it’s becoming a “sissified” league. I think that kind of talk is silly as well. But when they do stuff like this, they not only make a mockery of their own guidelines, they just intensify that kind of talk.

  • Herman Moore

    I’d like to know if the league will instruct officials to flag hits such as this one in the future. If not, why not? If they fined a guy for it, it must be an illegal hit… right? No matter who does it?

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