Was the Ndamukong Suh hit on Bears QB Jay Cutler a dirty one?
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Twitter: @AdamJahns October 23, 2012 10:08AM
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Was Suh's hit on Cutler dirty?
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Updated: October 23, 2012 5:43PM
It looked like a takedown move straight out of the WWE. But it was just the Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh doing what he does and that’s playing violently.
The massive defensive tackle with a nasty reputation grabbed Bears quarterback Jay Cutler by his left arm and shoulder and then drove him hard into the ground, bruising his ribs in the second quarter.
Cutler lay on the ground for a few moments, giving the Bears and their fans a huge scare just before Halloween. But he ran off on his own power, was later checked out in the locker room and returned for the second half.
But was Suh’s hit on Cutler dirty?
It’s debatable. You can see it either way.
“Not that I know,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “That’s football. No one is trying to hurt anyone or anything like that out there. It was just a tough hard-nosed game. Suh’s a good football player. He’s playing hard, trying to win a game. I don’t think so.”
Suh definitely has the reputation of being a dirty player. After all, he was fined $15,000 for a hit on Cutler in 2010. But Suh maintained “it was simply a football play” and said he went back to check on Cutler. No penalties were called on the hit and the NFL said Tuesday it was a legal play.
“I couldn’t control my momentum, especially at that high speed,” Suh said. “I’m chasing him. He’s running away from
me. My whole goal is to get the quarterback down and make a play and get us off the field for the next play.”
Cutler said he thought it was a clean play. But Bears receiver Brandon Marshall didn’t like seeing that happen to his quarterback. He took to Twitter after the game to voice his opinion.
“A Suh. What u did to Jay wasn’t cool. Great players don’t have to do that,” Marshall tweeted.
Marshall added one more later.
“A Suh. Something I’ve learned and now passing down to you. Succeed with character,” he tweeted.
On Tuesday, Marshall stood by his tweets. Marshall was on ESPN’s “First Take” Tuesday morning and called Suh’s slam of Cutler “dirty.”
“Last night the leg whip that Ndamukong Suh placed on our quarterback Jay Cutler, that was dirty. That was dirty,” Marshall said. “He can be one of the best D-tackles that ever done it, but he cannot do that that way. If you look at it, c’mon man, this is not wrestling. You don’t leg whip and pound someone. You don’t do that. That’s not clean.”
Cutler said he knew was in trouble once Suh grabbed him.
“At that point, I knew it wasn’t going to end well,” said Cutler, who will be re-examined this week.