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Suggs says he’ll take a fine to get a “good shot” on a quarterback

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Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs didn’t talk only about his team’s rivalry with the Steelers during Friday’s appearance on The Jim Rome Show.  Suggs also discussed the issue of hits on quarterbacks and the fines that often flow therefrom.

And Suggs said he’s fine with being fined.

“I’ll take a fine, if I get a good shot at a quarterback,” Suggs said.  “I don’t care where I hit him, how I hit him, as long as I’m getting the job done, I’ll take it.”

So how should the league protect quarterbacks?  Suggs says teams should get better tackles.

“Quarterbacks get hit,” Suggs said.  “You don’t want to get hit, play defense, play something else.  Go punt the ball.”

Though many will agree with Suggs’ sentiments, his willingness to take a fine proves that at some point it will take more than a fine to get the attention of certain players.  And that’s a point that NBC’s Rodney Harrison made last year on October 17, after a rash of helmet-to-helmet hits.  Players gladly will pay a fine — to get their attention, the NFL has to start suspending players.

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  1. nickster31 says: Sep 10, 2011 10:06 AM

    Don’t worry, your playing the Steelers, Goodell won’t fine you for any hits.

  2. charmcitysittinpretty says: Sep 10, 2011 10:08 AM

    Ohhhhhhhh baby suggs is getting rowdy! I love it!!! Tomorrow is gonna effin rock!

  3. steelersfbfan says: Sep 10, 2011 10:09 AM

    well neither team has to worry about this on Sunday…Ben and Flacco takes hits like no other and never get a call!

  4. charmcitysittinpretty says: Sep 10, 2011 10:14 AM

    He always had clean hits, he’s just flapping his jaws like all the steelers have been all dang summer long, ravens gonna shut there mouth real fast tomorrow

  5. jnbnet says: Sep 10, 2011 10:14 AM

    Intentional breaking of rules is cheating. It is especialy distrubing when the rules being broken revolve around player safety. The truly great players consistently produce within the parameters set by the NFL. I guess that makes Suggs less than a great player.

  6. charmcitysittinpretty says: Sep 10, 2011 10:14 AM

    He always had clean hits, he’s just flapping his jaws like all the steelers have been all dang summer long, ravens gonna shut them steelers mouths real fast tomorrow

  7. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 10, 2011 10:16 AM

    Raiderlyfe approves Suggs’ statement.

    If offensive players aren’t playing with fear…you’re not watching good football.Fear brings out the best in players.

  8. majordoc says: Sep 10, 2011 10:17 AM

    What do you expect Suggs to say – that he won’t play hard and hit the quarterback for fear of a fine? Get real. He talks to intimidate like many effective players. Note also that he hasn’t been fined in these last two years of the Commissioner’s safety campaign. This doesn’t mean that the fines won’t diminish cheap shots to the head. It means that it won’t stop trash talking.

  9. watermelon1 says: Sep 10, 2011 10:18 AM

    Let’s just hope the officials don’t decide to be a factor in the game Sunday. We know it’s a really great match-up, let’s have the teams decide the outcome. Zebras… go unnoticed!

  10. gafraidh says: Sep 10, 2011 10:26 AM

    Suspensions would also resolve the disparity in fines, since I presume a suspension would include forfeiting of a game check.

  11. jealousyisanuglything says: Sep 10, 2011 10:28 AM

    Although he did not point out just any quarterback what he really wanted to say is that he really only cares about Ben. That being sId that only means that all the stories are true, The STEELERS are in their heads!!!!

  12. holeinone09 says: Sep 10, 2011 10:28 AM

    Let everyone talk. I don’t think anything Suggs can say will change the way Ben plays the game. Like him or hate him, if you know football you would have to agree that Ben is without doubt the toughest SOB QB in the game today. He gets clobbered, and keeps getting up and winning.

    Best game of the weekend.

    Steelers 24
    Ravens 17

    GO STEELERS!!

  13. scudbot says: Sep 10, 2011 10:30 AM

    “With luck on your side, you can do without brains.” -Giordano Bruno

  14. steelfla says: Sep 10, 2011 10:31 AM

    If a Steeler said that he would already fined by Fidel Goodell.

  15. illogic87 says: Sep 10, 2011 10:36 AM

    I have no problem with this. Wish I had someone on my team (Vikings) that wasn’t so vanilla. Go Suggs

  16. ajknox88 says: Sep 10, 2011 10:37 AM

    At least James Harrison doesn’t say he’s going to intentially hurt someone. Yet he’s percieved as a dirty player. Same thing with Suh. The difference is the skill level, it’s not like Suggs is actually going to hit the quarterback.

  17. charmcitysittinpretty says: Sep 10, 2011 10:39 AM

    Lol 24-17, your out of your mind, When did you become an ever so bright espn ANALyst? Get em ravens, we SITTIN pretty this weekend

  18. charmcitysittinpretty says: Sep 10, 2011 10:41 AM

    But I agree, this match-up is always a massacre, I’ll be there in ngata jersey screaming my lungs out

  19. tmc4real says: Sep 10, 2011 10:43 AM

    So, Pollard states he is out there to hurt people and now the Clorox Kid chimes in that he will take the fine to get a shot on a quarterback.

    And Ravens fans call the Steelers dirty.

    Sunday afternoon, he will call the Steelers lucky again. The good news, he won’t get the blame as those young WRs blow by that patchwork secondary.

  20. frankrizzo51 says: Sep 10, 2011 10:43 AM

    I’m so glad the Bears traded down to be able to pick Michael Haynes and Rex Grossman instead of this guy. (Yeah, right.)

  21. oriolesvsravens says: Sep 10, 2011 10:52 AM

    Its one thing to let it happen during the game with the stigma of this rivalry and NFL speeds in general. But to put it out there before the game with Goddell looming, everybody is gonna catch fines in this game.

    Ravens 13 Steelers 10

  22. glac1 says: Sep 10, 2011 10:54 AM

    He needs to be suspended NOW! OR…… I hope some lineman takes out his knees.

  23. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 10, 2011 10:54 AM

    He should ask Hines Ward about how to get some good shots.

    Or maybe just ask his parole officer.

  24. jsalis13 says: Sep 10, 2011 10:57 AM

    Suggs always talks alot, but its ok because he backs it up. what was it 5 1/2 sacks of Roethlisberger(hardest QB in the NFL to bring down) in 2 games last season? If Mcphee, Kindle, Kruger, or a combination of all three can get some pass rush coming from the otherside to take the pressure off of him like they were in the preseason this could be his best year yet.

  25. bombacim says: Sep 10, 2011 10:58 AM

    bout time someone has the nuts to say this. good for you terrell.

  26. steelcurtainn says: Sep 10, 2011 10:59 AM

    Mr GOD-Ell. Did you hear this?” I dont care how I hit him”. Sounds dirty to me.

    You certainly would hear it everywhere if any steeler player were saying this. If this was the steelers there would be a letter in the mail with a fine already. And people were talking about James Harrison, Please.

  27. bcar1023 says: Sep 10, 2011 11:01 AM

    LMAO. Suggs and Woodson want to be like Suh yet don’t receive the ‘dirty player’ BS that follows Suh. More proof that the most feared man in the NFL plays for the Blue and Silver. Go Lions!

  28. ajc33635 says: Sep 10, 2011 11:02 AM

    Suggs can bring whatever he wants, the Steelers will be more than ready to deal with the “mouth.”

  29. ravensfan4life52 says: Sep 10, 2011 11:11 AM

    taking a good shot on that scumbag should result in a bonus not a fine.

  30. patriotinvasion says: Sep 10, 2011 11:12 AM

    What??? Intentially breaking a rule set forth by the league? If he hits a QB outside of the rules, the Ravens get a competitive advantage! This is CHEATING! He should be suspended 1 year! Oh the outrage…

    In all seriousness, as a Patriots fan, I have no problem with what he said. I do remember a time when the Patriots defense was ferocious and the Colts cried to pussify the game because we were to rough and their soft WR’s. As for Brady and T-Sizzle’s little beef…bring it…let’s do it. (So glad football is back)

  31. jsalis13 says: Sep 10, 2011 11:26 AM

    @ajknox88

    11 Sacks last season

    No one else to help him rush the passer. Harrison has Woodley. Suggs has no one

  32. blitzburgh43 says: Sep 10, 2011 11:29 AM

    James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley approve of this statement.

  33. Single Filament says: Sep 10, 2011 11:30 AM

    And the players were just complaining they don’t get paid enough. smh

  34. 3octaveFart says: Sep 10, 2011 11:30 AM

    I’m still waiting for the new, annual, stupid anti-Steelers t-shirt from Suggs.
    How’s that been working out for ya?

  35. patpatriotagain says: Sep 10, 2011 11:31 AM

    by the end of the year will there be enough non-suspended steelers or ravens to suit up 53

  36. jw731 says: Sep 10, 2011 11:36 AM

    Well if Rodney Harrison said it……..It must be true, oh wait didn’t he play for a coach that cheated, and got caught cheating using HGH…Yes, Rodney knows all about suspensions

  37. GG Eden says: Sep 10, 2011 11:39 AM

    There hasn’t been a bigger steelers-ravens showdown than this! So much has been said thru the off-season between both teams, and Goodell in the middle infuriating members of both teams’ defenses.

  38. Deb says: Sep 10, 2011 11:42 AM

    “Get better tackles.” He’s right. As long as it’s a legal shot, the way to stop it is to get better tackles. If it’s not a legal shot, throw a flag. Does anyone in the league offices remember those? The yellow things officials throw just before penalizing guys who break the rules? What good does a fine do after the game is over, Goodell?

    Take your shot, Suggs. Hope you break your head on Ben ;)

  39. runtheball says: Sep 10, 2011 11:43 AM

    You made the statement, so don’t whine when someone tries to take your knees out.

  40. melikefootball says: Sep 10, 2011 11:46 AM

    God-del boys can say and do as they please. Between the crying coach and ruff tough talk of the players of Baltimore each year, the league office is getting free crabs not to listen or watch.

  41. jimmysee says: Sep 10, 2011 11:47 AM

    Dumb comment — an invitation for close scrutiny by the league.

    One of these days, some high octane lunkhead will get a mid-six figure fine and that will put an end to this.

  42. ajknox88 says: Sep 10, 2011 11:59 AM

    jsalis13 says:
    Sep 10, 2011 11:26 AM
    @ajknox88

    11 Sacks last season

    No one else to help him rush the passer. Harrison has Woodley. Suggs has no one
    _____

    Fair enough… Let me clarify, it’s not like Suggs is going to hit the quarterback hard enough to knock them out of the game barring a freak tackle where the QB’s leg gets tangled.

  43. backindasaddle says: Sep 10, 2011 12:06 PM

    Just shut up and play.

  44. obamasballsack says: Sep 10, 2011 12:12 PM

    Just don’t do that to Brady. You will get suspended for the season.

  45. nesuperfan says: Sep 10, 2011 12:15 PM

    I am sure that most any of these rich players is fine with paying a monetary fine, but what will they say when they start getting suspended for games, which hurt their teams?

  46. stixzidinia says: Sep 10, 2011 12:17 PM

    As a Steelers fan I applaud Suggs. This is the way the game is meant to be played and has been played for many decades. Just because the NFL makes a few rule changes doesn’t mean that hits that were legal since the beginning are all of the sudden “cheating” or “dirty”. Stop being such brainless lemmings. The NFL does NOT define the game of football. The sport was around LONG before the NFL and will be around after the NFL is a memory.

  47. richm2256 says: Sep 10, 2011 12:18 PM

    @ajknox88

    11 Sacks last season

    No one else to help him rush the passer. Harrison has Woodley. Suggs has no one

    —————————————————————-
    You never heard of a guy named Ray Lewis, then?

    All I know of Suggs is that he has a bigger mouth than his talent can back up,and he took a deliberate, horrific cheap shot at Tom Brady’s newly reconstructed knee.

  48. mikemcsaint says: Sep 10, 2011 12:22 PM

    To steal a quote from the late, great, Jim Finks, Terrell Suggs is as strong as an oxe, and twice as smart.

  49. 6thsense79 says: Sep 10, 2011 12:24 PM

    jnbnet says:Sep 10, 2011 10:14 AM

    Intentional breaking of rules is cheating. It is especialy distrubing when the rules being broken revolve around player safety. The truly great players consistently produce within the parameters set by the NFL. I guess that makes Suggs less than a great player.
    ———————————————
    Oh please. So is taking a delay of game penalty so your punter can attempt to pin the other team inside their own 5yard line instead of punting through their own end zone cheating? The team intentionally broke a rule right?

    If the league doesn’t want players commiting certain penalties then it will make the consequences of commiting the penalty severe enough that teams and players will not willingly commit them.

    Choosing to comit a penalty and accepting the consequences is not cheating. Using PEDs is cheating, point shaving is cheating.

  50. jealousyisanuglything says: Sep 10, 2011 12:37 PM

    ravensfan4life52 says:
    Sep 10, 2011 11:11 AM
    taking a good shot on that scumbag should result in a bonus not a fine.

    _________________________________

    I bet if that scumbag played for the Ravens they probably would finally beat the Steelers!!!!

  51. joyjoy69 says: Sep 10, 2011 12:42 PM

    Why do you still give this guy a stage to jabber on?! This comment shows two things we already knew: Suggs is a punk, and that Suggs believes defensive players shouldn’t get hit. It’s telling that he says that if you don’t want to get hit, you should play defense! I wonder if that’s why he plays D. Sure casts his complaining about getting hit by receivers like Hines Ward into a different light: Suggs is upset because he got into playing D to avoid getting hit like that!

  52. johntonioholmes says: Sep 10, 2011 12:42 PM

    @jsalis13

    James Harrison drops into coverage over 40% of the time and still had double digit sacks. Conversely, Suggs dropped on 14% of passing plays. As Suggs himself even said, he plays defensive end more than he does linebacker.

    http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/05/06/the-top-101-players-of-2010-the-top-20/

    http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/08/03/hyping-the-hybrids/

  53. jamaltimore says: Sep 10, 2011 12:44 PM

    T-Sizzle is the one raven who can run his mouth as he plays great against the Steelers. Ravens need to win tomorrow PERIOD. Yea, it’s a long season but if they can’t figure out how to beat Ben Rapin out of the gate it’s gonna hang over the team all season!

    Time for #5 to shine!

  54. joyjoy69 says: Sep 10, 2011 12:47 PM

    stixzidinia says: Sep 10, 2011 12:17 PM

    As a Steelers fan I applaud Suggs. This is the way the game is meant to be played and has been played for many decades. Just because the NFL makes a few rule changes doesn’t mean that hits that were legal since the beginning are all of the sudden “cheating” or “dirty”. Stop being such brainless lemmings. The NFL does NOT define the game of football. The sport was around LONG before the NFL and will be around after the NFL is a memory

    ————————————-

    Really?! Go have fun watching Arena Football or the XFL then. As the NFL has gotten “softer” — implementing things like helmet requirements and penalties for the nastiest hits — the game has gotten better. Sure, guys like Manning, Brady and CJ may not have made it in the old league – but they are much more impressive to watch than any of the old school guys.

  55. hedleykow says: Sep 10, 2011 12:58 PM

    Smartest and funniest remarks from a football player so far this year!

  56. stixzidinia says: Sep 10, 2011 12:59 PM

    ravensfan4life52 says:
    Sep 10, 2011 11:11 AM
    taking a good shot on that scumbag should result in a bonus not a fine.

    —————————–

    That’s pretty funny coming from a guy who’s favorite team’s captain had to plea bargain his way out of a double murder rap.

  57. charmcitysittinpretty says: Sep 10, 2011 1:01 PM

    Oh boy, I just love the trash talking. Anybody catch the Detroit guy chime in? Please fella stay out, there’s real fans talking right now, about two Play off teams, I think you threads at the very bottom of the NFC north next to staffords bum shoulder, and farleys first round broken foot….ouch

  58. ravensfan4life52 says: Sep 10, 2011 1:02 PM

    @jealousyisanuglything

    just watch your ankles when you jump off the bandwagon. don’t want you to get hurt.

  59. downslide33 says: Sep 10, 2011 1:06 PM

    I suppose Suggs wont complain when an offensive lineman chops him at his knees then…..

    a hit is a hit…

    I wish this guy would shut his mouth and just play

  60. willcool21 says: Sep 10, 2011 1:09 PM

    LOL I love this guy. Thats the same thing I would say if i was waiting all year to play. season is finally here.

  61. stixzidinia says: Sep 10, 2011 1:16 PM

    Really?! Go have fun watching Arena Football or the XFL then. As the NFL has gotten “softer” — implementing things like helmet requirements and penalties for the nastiest hits — the game has gotten better. Sure, guys like Manning, Brady and CJ may not have made it in the old league – but they are much more impressive to watch than any of the old school guys.

    ————————

    You’ll notice there is no phony “safety” initiative happening in college football, which pre-dates the NFL. Funny how offensive players are still allowed to spear with their helmets……so there goes the legitimacy of your “safety” concerns.

  62. freedomispopular says: Sep 10, 2011 1:19 PM

    He’s right. He’s got a job to do and can’t do it properly if he’s gotta stop and think about how he’s gonna go about tackling the QB in a Goodell-approved manner.

  63. vincentbojackson says: Sep 10, 2011 1:20 PM

    Maybe the Ravens will back up their talk for once.

    But most likely, the Steelers will rip their hearts out once again.

  64. lawyermalloy says: Sep 10, 2011 1:20 PM

    Between Twitter, FaceBook and stupid interviews, these idiot ballplayers should have clauses in their contract that they can’t talk to anyone,can’t have a twitter account, etc.
    Does this numbskull not understand that after his quote, should he actually get a finable hit on the QB his fines will be enhanced?

  65. dadsource says: Sep 10, 2011 1:25 PM

    Tiki is flabbergasted.

  66. hbdbrowns33 says: Sep 10, 2011 1:35 PM

    I hate the Ravens but I love Suggs if you dont want to get hit play soccer.

  67. philyeagles5 says: Sep 10, 2011 2:39 PM

    raiderlyfe510 says:
    Sep 10, 2011 10:16 AM
    Raiderlyfe approves Suggs’ statement.

    If offensive players aren’t playing with fear…you’re not watching good football.Fear brings out the best in players.
    ================================
    this is prolly one of the dumbest things ive ever read.

  68. ravensfan4life52 says: Sep 10, 2011 3:15 PM

    @stixzidinia

    hey if you wanna try to take a good shot at Ray Lewis be my guest, but be careful he might stab you in the face.

  69. hoosierhandicapper says: Sep 10, 2011 6:47 PM

    @ charmcitysittinpretty
    Lol 24-17, your out of your mind, When did you become an ever so bright espn ANALyst? Get em ravens, we SITTIN pretty this weekend
    ———————————-

    Is there anything more pathetic than empty smack talk?

    Come chirp away when your team actually beats a Roethlisberger-led Steelers team, ratbird fan.

    You do know that Flacco has never done that, right?

  70. charmcitysittinpretty says: Sep 10, 2011 7:52 PM

    You dO know flacco and rothlisberger don’t play against eachother on the field right? I’d hope you would know a little about football before you try and sound so smart. They’ve had our number, I know that, but It has very little to do with flacco, ray rice fumbled, and pretty sure flacco doesn’t sack qbs or cover wr, that flacco ben argument is so unintelligent, your an idiot, and there is no empty smack talk here, my ratbirds are gonna shock you dumba$$es this weekend, believe it

  71. nickster31 says: Sep 10, 2011 8:19 PM

    GG Eden says: Sep 10, 2011 11:39 AM

    There hasn’t been a bigger steelers-ravens showdown than this! So much has been said thru the off-season between both teams, and Goodell in the middle infuriating members of both teams’ defenses.

    WOW, what a statement. As I have said, this is a MUCH bigger game for the Ravens than it is the Steelers. This is just another game to us, while you believe this is more important than either of the last two times we played in the playoffs?

    Sorry, but the Ravens are barely above the level, at least to Steelers fans, than the Bengals and Browns.

    Records over the last 4 years.

    Steelers vs Ravens – Steelers win series 7-3 – INCLUDING 2 PLAYOFF GAMES! Steelers 7-1 With Ben Roethlisberger.
    Steelers vs Browns – Steelers win series 7-1
    Steelers vs Bengals – Steelers win series 6-2

    That puts your record one game better than the Bengals and two games better than the Browns.

    Expect the trend to continue in 2011!

  72. discosucs2005 says: Sep 10, 2011 9:27 PM

    To be fair, it’s a lot easier for Suggs to say he’ll take a fine, or even do it, than it is for a second string middle-linebacker or some nickel corner (since clearly fines have nothing to do with how much a player actually makes).

    I think the reason fines wont work has nothing to do with money, it’s just because there isn’t enough time within the instant a hit happens to think “well, I don’t want to get fined.” The same logic applies to suspensions. Anyone who has played sports, or done anything else where you have to react to things instantly, probably understands the amount of information you can process in the heat of the moment.

    If they want to protect player’s heads, they could invest some of billions they make in better helmets (which do exist). Either that or some drastic change to the rules, which I’m guessing most NFL fans (myself included) would not enjoy.

  73. stuartscottslefteye says: Sep 10, 2011 9:43 PM

    To Mr. Sugg’s credit, a good shot is a good shot. He didn’t say illegal shot, or dirty shot. Last year he got a 15 yard penalty for a perfectly legal hit against Carson Palmer (as agreed upon by Mike Pereira), perhaps he is referring to that. Seems like much ado about nothing – but I do like his passion.

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