Behind Enemy Lines: Is Ndamukong Suh a Dirty Player?

Jay Cutler had better make sure that his life insurance premiums are paid up before Week 5 when the Chicago Bears head to the Motor City to face Ndamukong Suh and the Detroit Lions.  After his most recent display last weekend, I’m becoming convinced Suh is a dirty player.

Here is Suh’s attempted decapitation of Bengals rookie QB Andy Dalton that drew a $20k fine:

If you think this is a one-time offense, you’re sorely mistaken.   Here is one on Jake Delhomme during the 2010 preseason:

Do you see where we’re going with this?  This is a pattern of behavior, not a one time thing.  Nike thinks it’s pretty funny; they’ve even made a commercial about Ndamukong Suh – Quarterback Hunter:

That’s really funny until the punchline is your franchise quarterback.  You know, like when Matthew Stafford had his shoulder separated in Week 1.   Karma’s a bitch, ain’t it?

Check out a hit on Cutler last season.   I don’t find this one nearly as offensive, but his teammates should have – it arguably cost his Lions the game against the Bears:

Here’s where my dilemma and the central thesis come together.  In my heart, I’ve got the ’85 Bears, noted quarterback killers who ruled the NFL through intimidation.  On the other hand, you’ve got today’s rules and a division rival who wants to inflict severe harm to my quarterback.

Is Suh a dirty player or just an aggressive player going hard and taking it to the limit?  Vote in our poll and post your comments.

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  • RobSchwarzJr

    Do you think that James Harrison is a dirty player? I look at these two guys very similarly. Two guys who go hard every down. Suh needs to be careful though, the more head shots he takes on QB’s the more likely the refs will keep an eye on him and flag him constantly. I will tell you this, dirty or not, I would love to have him on our DL!!!

  • RobSchwarzJr

    Do you think that James Harrison is a dirty player? I look at these two guys very similarly. Two guys who go hard every down. Suh needs to be careful though, the more head shots he takes on QB’s the more likely the refs will keep an eye on him and flag him constantly. I will tell you this, dirty or not, I would love to have him on our DL!!!

  • BearGogglesOn

    @RobSchwarzJr I see Suh and Harrison a little differently. Harrison’s big hits seem like they’re in the natural flow of the game. If someone comes across his path, he blows them up. Suh’s hits – especially the Dalton and Delhomme hits – he adds that extra twist or slam that is over the top and goes beyond playing hard.

    Can’t say I disagree that I’d love him on the Bears until one of his over-aggressive hits cost the Bears 15 yards and a ballgame, like it did for Suh and the Lions last years against the Beloved.

  • BearGogglesOn

    @RobSchwarzJr I see Suh and Harrison a little differently. Harrison’s big hits seem like they’re in the natural flow of the game. If someone comes across his path, he blows them up. Suh’s hits – especially the Dalton and Delhomme hits – he adds that extra twist or slam that is over the top and goes beyond playing hard.

    Can’t say I disagree that I’d love him on the Bears until one of his over-aggressive hits cost the Bears 15 yards and a ballgame, like it did for Suh and the Lions last years against the Beloved.

  • Obnxs1

    @BearGogglesOn@RobSchwarzJr Agree with Boomer on this. Harrison’s hits always seemed to come as just a natural hit. Hell, a good bit of them weren’t even that bad if you really watched. Hard to blame a guy for going helmet to helmet when the other guy tenses up because the hits coming and lowers HIS helmet when you were aiming at his chest. On the other hand the two hits against D and D included that little extra twist and slam which were completely uncalled for. Both those hits remind me a little too much of that POS Charles Martin. You can bet that if Suh keeps up that little twist and throw down at the end that he’s going to be sitting for a game or two and rightfully so.

  • Obnxs1

    @BearGogglesOn@RobSchwarzJr Agree with Boomer on this. Harrison’s hits always seemed to come as just a natural hit. Hell, a good bit of them weren’t even that bad if you really watched. Hard to blame a guy for going helmet to helmet when the other guy tenses up because the hits coming and lowers HIS helmet when you were aiming at his chest. On the other hand the two hits against D and D included that little extra twist and slam which were completely uncalled for. Both those hits remind me a little too much of that POS Charles Martin. You can bet that if Suh keeps up that little twist and throw down at the end that he’s going to be sitting for a game or two and rightfully so.

  • venomlash

    Sure he’s playing hard, but you’ll draw fouls if you grab people by the head. If they’ve already gotten rid of the ball, you’re lucky not to get suspended.

    Suh needs to quit headhunting and go for some good honest body blows.

  • venomlash

    Sure he’s playing hard, but you’ll draw fouls if you grab people by the head. If they’ve already gotten rid of the ball, you’re lucky not to get suspended.

    Suh needs to quit headhunting and go for some good honest body blows.