At some point, it has to be enough, NFL.
Ndamukong Suh has done some indefensible things in his time as an NFL player.
Again, here’s the moment of impact on that Suh/Weeden hit. Guess it’s the helmet to the chest that cost him $31K pic.twitter.com/2kT8A0om0p
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) October 16, 2013
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?