Shortly after Browns quarterback Brady Quinn dove at the knees of Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs after throwing a second-half interception on Monday night, we recognized that, despite Quinn’s Notre Dame pedigree and clean-cut image, it was a cheap shot.
After the game, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis went off on Quinn.
Now, Suggs’ agent has joined the chorus.
“That cat should be fined as much as anybody is fined that hits the
quarterback,” Gary Wichard told Aaron Wilson of NFP. “That’s ridiculous. I don’t understand what
he was trying to do. It was blatant. It’s absolutely criminal. It’s
about as nasty as it gets.
“The guy had total control and went right for his knee. You can’t
call that an accident. It was premeditated. The quarterback zeroed in
on Terrell’s knee. That’s absurd. The ball carrier was right in front
of him. . . .
“Brady launched himself into a defenseless player. Terrell wasn’t even thinking about being hit. He tackled Terrell when
the guy that he threw the interception to was running up the field. That should have been the target, not Terrell.”
The extent of Suggs’ knee injury currently isn’t known. He left Monday night’s game, and he did not return.
“Going at someone’s knee can really have a huge effect on what
happens as far as a guy maybe being gone for the year. It’s ridiculous.
There was no reason to do that. . . .
“You’re a quarterback, dude. You can’t tackle, so don’t
take a shot at his knee. This isn’t going to sit well with a lot of
other defensive players. [Colts defensive end] Dwight Freeney is absolutely pissed off.”
Wichard also represents Freeney. Wichard, however, represents no Browns players.
“This guy, Brady, is on the cover of Muscle & Fitness, so take [Suggs] on like you’re supposed to take him on. It was an illegal play.
Nobody is going to give Brady the benefit of the doubt.”
Earlier this year, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was fined $5,000 for unnecessarily diving at the knees of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma. In that case, it probably should have been higher.
In this case, it definitely should be higher.
What say you, PFT Planet? How much should Quinn be fined?