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NFL fines Ndamukong Suh $15,000 for hit on Jay Cutler

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Lions coach Jim Schwartz didn’t understand why defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was penalized for a hit Sunday on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. So he also won’t understand this: The NFL has fined Suh $15,000.

Schwartz said the video footage didn’t support referee Ed Hochuli’s claim that Suh took a shot at the back of Cutler’s head, but the NFL apparently thinks Hochuli made the right call in flagging Suh for unnecessary roughness.

The penalty was costly for the Lions: It gave the Bears first-and-goal at the 7-yard line, and on the next play Chicago scored the game-winning touchdown.

Suh spent Tuesday at ESPN’s headquarters and was asked several times whether he expected to be fined, but he did his best to avoid saying anything about it. When told of the fine today, Cutler told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, “I’m not surprised by that.”

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  1. grendelg says: Dec 8, 2010 2:15 PM

    That’s garbage… What was it, an illegal tackle from the back? Is there no shoving in football? Suh clearly shoved Cutler on the shoulder. Ridiculous.

  2. pittsburghsteelerz says: Dec 8, 2010 2:15 PM

    So, you’re not allowed to push a runner in the back to tackle them anymore?

    Can someone point out that page of the rule book?

    And the hit on Heath Miller wasn’t flagged, but a push in the back to a runner was… seriously?

  3. melikefootball says: Dec 8, 2010 2:17 PM

    This of all the up and down fines by God-del the worst yet. If they even looked at this play in slow slow motion they saw both arms out as well as hand pushing the QB whom is over the line and running with the ball. Another, whats up with this league this year???? Come on comish get off your high horse and let football be played. No way whats so ever this play had anything to do with player safety. Your office is so full of its self.

  4. trickeration11 says: Dec 8, 2010 2:22 PM

    That is ridiculous. He clearly just shoved him in the back. When is the NFL going to just get over with it and become a flag football league? You can’t even hit people anymore. Or, the league has it out for the Lions somehow. Even Visanthe Shiancoe agress:

  5. nopuntintended says: Dec 8, 2010 2:30 PM

    man that’s totally bogus… i mean in real time i see how the call was made, but the replay from all those different angles looked like a fine tackle to me..didn’t look like he touched his head at all? weird.

    time to appeal, suh.

  6. trevector says: Dec 8, 2010 2:32 PM

    Andre Johnson throws haymakers….$25k

    Suh makes a legal tackle….$15k

    The NFL is quickly losing its integrety with players and fans.

    Skol Vikings!

  7. hobartbaker says: Dec 8, 2010 2:33 PM

    Video footage showed the fatty rolls on Cutler’s neck jiggling perceptibly from the force of the impact.

  8. footballisking says: Dec 8, 2010 2:37 PM

    Just when you think the nfl couldnt be any more ridiculous they prove you wrong….serious get Goodell and his friends out of town!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. comeonnowguys says: Dec 8, 2010 2:37 PM

    Agreed with the penalty (though with our without it, Bears score on that drive), but that fine is embarrassing.

    Even though this was his second offense (where he corkscrewed Delhomme’s head in the preseason), this is awful.

  10. skafkis says: Dec 8, 2010 2:39 PM

    The hit by Suh had intent to hurt or injure, that is the reason for the fine. He didn’t use his forearm as originally thought but he had intent to drive Cutler’s head into the ground. The man is dirty and this will be one of many fines for this guy. Great player but has to tone down his actions!!!
    If Cutler was your son and he did that to him, everyone would feel different!!!!

  11. bobbybythepound says: Dec 8, 2010 2:40 PM

    Another bad call by Ed Hercules. He’s probably has money on these games.

  12. billyrocket says: Dec 8, 2010 2:44 PM

    Florio has defended the NFL, saying that they are doing a great job trying to get the media and the fans to understand the difference between legal and illegal hits and has been critical of anyone who has questioned the inconsistant application of these rule.

    So what’s your spin on this one?

  13. rockinron2 says: Dec 8, 2010 2:48 PM

    Again, the call wasn’t that costly (even though I think it was correct). It was a first and 10 play and Cutler ran for 8 yards. So without penalty it would have been 2nd and 2 from the 14. Instead they got 1st and 10 from the 7. No turnover, no 1st down on 3rd or 4th down.

    The Bears’ D held them in the 2nd half to drives of 2 yards (FG), 4 yards (punt), 37 yards (downs) and 4 yards (punt). That is why they lost the game.

    Lions also got call in first half where Lions fumble was called “simultaneous” possession, even though Bears came up with the ball. So gift from officials letting them keep the ball there.

  14. johnabis says: Dec 8, 2010 2:49 PM

    this is just horrible, it was a push in the back…

  15. hooterdawg says: Dec 8, 2010 2:50 PM

    Clearly a response to mumblings from the Steelers about ‘ fairness’ and the Steelers being picked on…where is Pereira’s opinion on this call?

  16. batmanofpintucky says: Dec 8, 2010 2:59 PM

    Being from Michigan, the Lions fans whine waaay to much, and have way too many excuses. If they practiced and excuted as much as they complain and whine maybe they would win more than 2 games….

    I do agree that the NFL has become EXCESSIVE with the fines. I say penalize when it happens, leave it at that. Fines play no role in the outcome of a game while a penalty flag most likely can. I just hope Goodell doesn’t ruin the game we love any further…

  17. myeaglescantwin says: Dec 8, 2010 2:59 PM

    This is RIDICULOUS ,, This was a clean push, not even a hit. no helmet contact, no spearing, no landing ontop of the QB… he just showed him the deal. come near the SUH, u eat turf..

    DUDE IS GETTING FINED FOR A HARD PUSH !!!! u gotta bring down the ball carrier however you can.
    To me this was football the way it was meant to be played. MEAN You wanna scamper for two more yards, this is what you get.

    Football is a man’s sport. . well it’s supposed to be anyway.

  18. bears354 says: Dec 8, 2010 2:59 PM

    Watching the game, it looked like Suh elbowed Cutler in the head, that was at full game speed. The replays, in slo-mo, it appears as though he didn’t. I can see why they threw the flag in the situation. I don’t think he should have been fined.

    Another thought, why do fans care if a player gets fined? It’s not your money. These guys wouldn’t care if your boss fined you, even if it was for no good reason. Just saying.

    And now I will be attacked. Can’t wait to hear it.

  19. sparty0n says: Dec 8, 2010 2:59 PM

    I love football, but I’m starting to hate the NFL. Do they play wusball in Canada, or are they allowed to actually play? I might start watching the CFL!

  20. JeffreyAuburnDixon says: Dec 8, 2010 3:00 PM

    Who cares? 1st down from the 7 or 2nd and 2 from the 14, either way, Chicago was going to win.

  21. jimmy1smith says: Dec 8, 2010 3:01 PM

    At this point, they should just put Jay Cutler in a skirt and everytime someone hits him, have them arrested for domestic violence. The same charge you or I would get when we hit our bitches.

  22. strctlylo says: Dec 8, 2010 3:04 PM

    does goodell have any idea who is being fined and for what? he should be accountable for bringing this league down to an unimaginable level of ridiculousness. You’ve got lot’s of pull with the NFL now Mr. Florio. Can you get Roger to go on whatever medium/platform and explain to all of the NFL fans exactly what about this play caused the penalty and this absurd fine? This is just about the NFL taking money away from players. Horrible call, horrible decision to suppor that call and fine this kid any amount of money. bring back the XFL!

  23. raiders4life says: Dec 8, 2010 3:12 PM

    Unbelievable! That was a totally legal, two hands to the back push tackle by Suh. Goodell and the NFL, without any further doubt, have targeted the defense and defensive players soley to favor offenses and QB’s in the league.
    The NFLPA needs to step up big time to defend their defensive players from Goodell’s dictatorship before tackling is outlawed from football all together.

  24. nbaraie says: Dec 8, 2010 3:25 PM

    Might as well just be a flag football league. This is out of control.

    At least hockey does one thing right.

  25. ferdball says: Dec 8, 2010 3:28 PM

    Hochuli likes Cutler. Remeber what happened in San Diego?

  26. johnabis says: Dec 8, 2010 3:30 PM

    I know this would never happen but wouldn’t be funny if a team threatened to go to the UFL instead do to all these ridiculous rules that the league is now enforcing?

  27. wetpaperbag2 says: Dec 8, 2010 3:34 PM

    I really wonder if this is the leagues way of “making it hard” on the players heading into this new CBA. I mean, I can understand the emphasis on safety and the fines levied for the infractions, but the level of inconsistency is becoming beyond ridiculous. CLEAR video evidence of a shove in the back translates into a blow to the head? And there’s also the James Harrison penalty where the umpire had the flag being thrown before the QB and Harrison even hit the ground; as if he was anticipating it or looking for a reason to throw it BEFORE it actually happened.

  28. godofwine330 says: Dec 8, 2010 3:35 PM

    This penalty was garbage. Blow to the head means blow to the head, not blow to the upper back. And the NFL is just supporting the call. Garbage

  29. johntonioholmes says: Dec 8, 2010 3:43 PM

    GARBAGE!!!

    This is exactly what the Steelers fans were worried about, when they were complaining about the calls.

    That was a perfectly legal shot and Suh got fined because he hits too hard. It’s the same reason that James Harrison got fined.

  30. zoxitic says: Dec 8, 2010 3:44 PM

    Just put flags on qbs for crying out loud…problem solved. this is crazy.

  31. johntonioholmes says: Dec 8, 2010 3:45 PM

    @bears354

    Fans only care because it might make their players more tentative and therefore not as good.

  32. armoredteddybear says: Dec 8, 2010 3:51 PM

    Suh intentionally goes head hunting, and he’s admitted it to sportscasters on TV. He is a moron that needs to keep his mouth shut if he intends to mame people on the field. If it wasn’t a personal foul, the league needs to make it one because 300 lb. linebackers need to be accountable for their actions (it’s called being an adult).

  33. xxwhodatxx says: Dec 8, 2010 3:52 PM

    Another completely ridiculous fine I can see why they threw the flag,although the hit was completely legal people make mistakes but a fine come on man.The league ,namely Goodall,is ruining the game and should be held accountable.But who’s gonna do it? This guy Goodall is a real POS. LEAVE THE GAME ALONE everyone who plays knows the risk of injury.

  34. bernieboy79 says: Dec 8, 2010 4:02 PM

    the NFL is a joke…this proves it

  35. gregjennings85 says: Dec 8, 2010 4:05 PM

    Wow. Did the Ford’s insult Goodell on a personal level or something?

    1.) They won over Chicago in week one (screwed by the refs THOROUGHLY)

    2.) They would’ve won over Chicago AGAIN (but they were screwed by the NFL)

    Imagine if you sat down 500 NFL players (forget the 1960’s) from the 1990’s and showed them that play, and then asked them if it was illegal.

    I guarantee you that all 500 would say, ‘no’.

  36. gregjennings85 says: Dec 8, 2010 4:06 PM

    All I know is that Chicago has some MASSIVE makeup calls that will be going against them in the next 4 weeks.

  37. goodellhatesfootball says: Dec 8, 2010 4:07 PM

    The NFL is a joke. I’m no Lions fan but that call was absolutely awful and the fact that Suh was fined for it proves what I’ve been saying for a while. Goodell is slowly but surely making the NFL into the Arena football league. They want every team to resemble the 99-00 St.Louis Rams. Seriously…a push in the back is a penalty and a fine now? Think about that. Is this really the league you grew up on? Is this the league your dad and grandpa used to watch?

    Here’s another question. If Suh tackles him from behind and falls on Cutler, does he still get flagged and fined for “allowing his weight to fall on the QB” like James Harrison did against Oakland? He probably does. So really what the league wants Suh to do is let Cutler run for the first down, unscathed.

    It’s also kind of funny reading some of the fans whose teams benefited from these calls defend them. Like they are afraid that admitting their team got a break is the end of the world. Little do they realize they will be on the other end of this discussion soon enough and maybe then they will realize how far the NFL has fallen. It’s not fun having your team penalized for simply trying to play defense. That said, it’s not the Bears fault the NFL is crap now and the refs call everything resembling a hit. You can’t blame them or the fans, so I don’t understand why some of their fans are getting so defensive. I’m sure Urlacher would agree that the call was wrong and a fine was totally out of line.

    What else can I say though, the NFL as we know it is dead.

  38. dilberry says: Dec 8, 2010 4:07 PM

    #
    skafkis says: Dec 8, 2010 2:39 PM

    The hit by Suh had intent to hurt or injure, that is the reason for the fine. He didn’t use his forearm as originally thought but he had intent to drive Cutler’s head into the ground. The man is dirty and this will be one of many fines for this guy. Great player but has to tone down his actions!!!
    If Cutler was your son and he did that to him, everyone would feel different!!!!

    3/10

    nice troll, please try again though.

  39. gregjennings85 says: Dec 8, 2010 4:08 PM

    There’s no pushing in football.

  40. gregjennings85 says: Dec 8, 2010 4:11 PM

    bears354 says:

    “Watching the game, it looked like Suh elbowed Cutler in the head, that was at full game speed. The replays, in slo-mo, it appears as though he didn’t. I can see why they threw the flag in the situation. I don’t think he should have been fined.

    Another thought, why do fans care if a player gets fined? It’s not your money. These guys wouldn’t care if your boss fined you, even if it was for no good reason. Just saying.

    And now I will be attacked. Can’t wait to hear it.”

    _________________________________

    Your damn right you will.

    That was the brotherly equivalent of:

    “Mom’s right.”

    Let us know when your balls drop.

  41. gregjennings85 says: Dec 8, 2010 4:11 PM

    Should be: “You’re”

  42. norcaleagles says: Dec 8, 2010 4:11 PM

    WOW! Its bad enough he was called for a penalty, now he’s getting fined? Maybe the league need to use instant re-play themselves. I see an appeal coming very soon.

  43. gregjennings85 says: Dec 8, 2010 4:13 PM

    GHF:

    I agree comepletely. Thanks for more eloquently saying what I tried to.

    Nice post.

  44. hairpie says: Dec 8, 2010 4:16 PM

    So, first the nfl takes points away from the Lions when the play the bears, then fines the Lions when they hit the bears whining qb… sure looks like we know who the nfl wants to win these games.

  45. deweyaxewound says: Dec 8, 2010 4:19 PM

    jimmy1smith says:
    Dec 8, 2010 3:01 PM
    At this point, they should just put Jay Cutler in a skirt and everytime someone hits him, have them arrested for domestic violence. The same charge you or I would get when we hit our bitches.
    _____________________________

    “they should just put Jay Cutler in a skirt”

    Hey Jimbo,
    keep your dark, Marv-Alberty fantasies to yourself, please.
    Between your obsessive, compulsory, detailed posts describing Childress & Favre fellating each other, and now this one, I think you tip your hand a bit.

    And it might be funny, except–Cutler’s one of the toughest, most duarble QBs in the league, he never complained or asked for that flag, and he certainly didn’t ask for the FINE to be levied against Suh or anyone else.

    And, as multiple people have pointed out, it really had no bearing on the outcome of the game.
    The Bears defense owned that second half, and the Lions players–all of them–were rightly frustrated.

    And can you please stop hitting your domestic partner?–it’s almost Christmas for crying out loud.

  46. goodellhatesfootball says: Dec 8, 2010 4:20 PM

    NBarie,

    Hockey does a lot of things right, in my opinion. They don’t penalized hard hitting as long as it’s clean (unlike the NFL) and they don’t change the game without considering how it might be received by the fans. The NFL simply doesn’t care. They know they are going to get your money no matter what so they are free to change the game as they see fit. Regardless of the impact. Not only that but they blatantly lie about what the fans want to justify their greed. The fans want 18 games? Really? Because I don’t and every single person I’ve talked to doesn’t either. But Goodeel says we do so they will go ahead and do it. At this point the NHL >>>> NFL. No question in my mind. I love both sports equally, at least I did when the NFL actually resembled good, hard hitting football but as far as the leagues go, the NHL is much less arrogant and despite the changes after the lockout, still very much the game I grew to love and quite possibly better. It’s just a shame the NHL doesn’t have the ESPN hype machine to back it up.

  47. zaggs says: Dec 8, 2010 4:23 PM

    The only way this makes sense is by saying a QB diving forward is not a runner but a QB going to the ground. But then that explanation would negate Eli Manning in the Eagles game losing a fumble because he dove head first.
    So which is it NFL?

  48. bspurloc says: Dec 8, 2010 4:30 PM

    florio obviously thinks it was illegal and should be fined…..

    yet he had no opinion until forced to have one on rapistbergs blow to the face.

    in fact he would not even acknowledge it even happened…..

    amazing.

  49. igottz5onit says: Dec 8, 2010 4:32 PM

    I saw another title on here saying “Favre investigation in Goodell’s hands” or something like that. My first thought was ‘At least it is not something important.’ Another crappy call by the league.

  50. meatball13 says: Dec 8, 2010 4:37 PM

    A fine for pushing?Please tell me it’s April Fools Day!!!!

  51. marty2019 says: Dec 8, 2010 4:40 PM

    I think the fine is ridiculous. It was a perfectly legal, clean tackle. What the hell is going on?

  52. CKL says: Dec 8, 2010 4:41 PM

    He’s a repeat offender. Maybe that’s why the fine was doubled (he was fined $7,500 for a far far worse hit in the preseason)?

  53. JSpicoli says: Dec 8, 2010 4:51 PM

    I was watching live. Thought it was a blow to the back of the head. I saw several slo-mo replays, and changed my opinion to a blow to the upper back.

    Last night I saw a new angle and it clearly shows his HAND hitting the BACK of Cutlers helmet as he pushes him down. I am surprised that not one of you has noticed. Suh struck Cutler in the back of the head with malicious intent.

    As for a push? At what amount of force does a push become a blow? Suh definately struck Cutler. Major force.

    It looks like a pushing motion but he pushed him like a car pushes a pedestrian.

  54. kimcon22000 says: Dec 8, 2010 4:59 PM

    meatball13 says:
    Dec 8, 2010 4:37 PM
    A fine for pushing?Please tell me it’s April Fools Day!!!!

    -No, but YOU are a fool …………….

  55. tdk24 says: Dec 8, 2010 5:03 PM

    I think at some point the Defense is going to have to say F it and just go after their legs and injure these QB’s. The fine would be the same, and maybe it would get the point across that this is a physical game, not tap dancing. He pushes the “ball carrier” to the ground. That was going easy on the “ball carrier” in my opinion. He could have rolled his massive frame all over that “ball carrier” and inflicted some real pain on him. Instead, he chose to just push the “ball carrier” to the ground, no harm no foul.

  56. spartyfi says: Dec 8, 2010 5:05 PM

    skafkis says: Dec 8, 2010 2:39 PM

    The hit by Suh had intent to hurt or injure, that is the reason for the fine. He didn’t use his forearm as originally thought but he had intent to drive Cutler’s head into the ground. The man is dirty and this will be one of many fines for this guy. Great player but has to tone down his actions!!!
    If Cutler was your son and he did that to him, everyone would feel different!!!!
    ____________________________________

    Really, intent to injure? Or was it just a hard nosed football hit the way the game was meant to be played. I guess your answer will depend on whether you’re a 9ussy or not. You sir are a 9ussy!

  57. FinFan68 says: Dec 8, 2010 5:39 PM

    At full speed it looked like the flag was understandable. The league has had time to review the replays in slow motion and NONE of them show any illegal contact. There is absolutely zero justification for the fine on Suh. Fine the guys trying to hurt people by taking illegal/unnecessary shots…that is not the case here; and no credible case can be made. Are the defenders supposed to ask the offensive guys to fall down on their own now? To hell with the NFL agenda; this is just plain wrong and they are ruining the game

  58. meatball13 says: Dec 8, 2010 6:17 PM

    kimcon22000…I may be a fool,but at least I’m not stupid enough to believe a push is worthy of a fine!

  59. seanx40 says: Dec 8, 2010 6:32 PM

    I have a better solution for the crap calls the Lions are getting. FORD call just pull advertising from the NFL. See how fast the bad calls last. Or the Fords just get Goodell fired. They have enormous power both as an old school owner, and perhaps the biggest advertiser for the NFL.

  60. barnesaintnoble says: Dec 8, 2010 6:57 PM

    As a Lions fan, I don’t like making excuses because that has been the story for too long. But, I mean, other players are starting to see how we get the “short end of the stick”. I hope the Ford’s cut down on their NFL advertising by $15 million every time the Lions get screwed in a game. By my count, the NFL would already have lost about $75 million this year if they did. A couple teams tried breaking the Lions back-up QBs arm, no call. Suh pushes the DIVA of all QBs in Jay Cutler and refs throw flags. By the way, do the refs get tested for performance enhancing drugs? Ed Hochuli throws his flags too high and blows his whistle too loud, he might be on Andro/HGH.

  61. flipadelphia says: Dec 9, 2010 12:03 AM

    #
    armoredteddybear says: Dec 8, 2010 3:51 PM

    Suh intentionally goes head hunting, and he’s admitted it to sportscasters on TV. He is a moron that needs to keep his mouth shut if he intends to mame people on the field. If it wasn’t a personal foul, the league needs to make it one because 300 lb. linebackers need to be accountable for their actions (it’s called being an adult).

    ————–
    You sir, are an idiot.
    1. Suh has never said he intentionally headhunts to sportscasters on TV. He’s said his job is to get the ball out and stop the runner. If you’d like to provide a link then do so…if not then stop posting false information.
    2. Suh is far from a moron. He’s one of the most soft spoken guys in the league. He doesn’t come across as stupid or as a a thug. He projects himself like a true professional.
    3. He’s not a linebacker.
    4. Quarterbacks need to be accountable for their actions. Like when you pass the line of scrimmage you are going to be tackled unless you go out of bounds or slide. Gay Cutler did neither and he got pushed down, legally from behind.

    I find it funny that when a quarterback is wrapped up by a defensive player with both hands held to his side, defenseless (ala Peppers on Stafford) and driven into the ground it’s a heckuva sack and a-ok. Yet, pushing a QB to the ground with open palms its a penalty and a fineable offense. Welcome to the National Flag Football League.

    Nice try Bears fan…eventually Goodell and his cronies wont be able to save you.

  62. jimmylions says: Dec 9, 2010 4:40 AM

    I get that the NFL is trying to take a lot of the hitting out of the game, but this is silly and ridiculous. The call was a bad call, but bad calls happen. The fine is just insane.

    The replay clearly showed it was a two handed push. That’s legal.

    Also, the intent wasn’t to injure. If Suh wanted to injure Cutler, Cutler would have left in an ambulance. Or maybe a hearse.

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