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Ref John Parry says officials don’t target Ndamukong Suh

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Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has suggested that he’s on the receiving end of some unfair treatment from NFL officials. But the referee who was graded as the best in the business in the 2011 season says that’s not the case.

John Parry, who refereed the Super Bowl, was asked on the 110 Sports Podcast if Suh’s reputation as a dirty player has him getting closer scrutiny during games. Parry was adamant that that’s not the case.

No, he does not,” Parry said, via the Detroit Free Press. “Our keys in mechanics remain the same from week to week, game to game. I have the same assignments from Week 1 to the Super Bowl as far what my keys are and where I’m focused. We do watch film to prepare for formations and tendencies with the teams that we’re about to officiate. But we do not watch film to have any preconceived ideas or thoughts regarding any one player.”

Parry says that the officials don’t allow the reputation of Suh — who has been voted the dirtiest player in the league in a poll of other players — to precede him.

“The game is obviously extremely emotional, extremely physical and he certainly fits that definition,” Parry said. “He’s an incredibly gifted, strong and emotional physical athlete.”

So according to Parry, each and every one of the nine personal foul penalties that Suh has picked up in his two NFL seasons is a penalty that any other player would have received.

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33 Responses to “Ref John Parry says officials don’t target Ndamukong Suh”
  1. hallcyon says: Mar 2, 2012 6:53 AM

    Of course they don’t, but offensive lineman do target Ndamukong Suh, and I don’t mean legally within the rules. Officials need to call lineman who try and take out a lineman from a game, and Suh needs to not lose his temper when such happens. Suh has the power and technique, but he needs to win the psychological battle in the trenches now – regardless if the officials call it.

  2. goblue714 says: Mar 2, 2012 7:00 AM

    Like he’s going to say…yea we hate that guy we target him every play. It was pointless to even ask him, it’s like an NBA ref telling everyone their was a jordan rule. We all knew it but they’ll never admit.

  3. Topher says: Mar 2, 2012 7:09 AM

    Of course the official said that, what else would he say.

    Although, I will say that in my experience ppl use the “blame refs” as a way of fooling themselves into believing they are just like everyone else.

    It couldn’t possibly be that I break the rules more often and am the size of a small house. It must be that they target me.

  4. randomguy9999 says: Mar 2, 2012 7:10 AM

    it isn’t surprising when Suh whines and says ‘they are always after me’…..

    what is surprising is that he continues to do the same stuff year after year and refuses to take responsibility for it…..

    he clearly can put up some great plays…. but, becoming a man, raising his hand, and saying ‘what I did was wrong’….. not so much…..

  5. benh999 says: Mar 2, 2012 7:22 AM

    Too bad.

  6. jenniferxxx says: Mar 2, 2012 7:23 AM

    The guy has a self-control issue. He’s got a problem that needs fixing.

    It’s not always a conspiracy … it’s not always unfair treatment … it’s not always someone else’s fault.

    Sometimes it’s you.

  7. wryly1 says: Mar 2, 2012 7:24 AM

    Last season, part of Suh’s pregame routine was putting a target on his own back. He’s dealing with a situation of his own making. Every player and coach in the league knew full well how the rules were going to be interpreted and enforced. Whether they liked or agreed with it matters not.

  8. wingz101 says: Mar 2, 2012 7:43 AM

    They may not target Suh or any other D-lineman, but they certainly hamper their play by ignoring all the holding and grabbing that now goes on uncalled in almost all NFL games. Not to defend Suh’s stomp, but when you look at that play you have to ask yourself how the Packer’s guard, arms completely wrapped around Suh, wasn’t even flagged for holding. I mean no wonder these guys lose it.

  9. braven4evr says: Mar 2, 2012 8:12 AM

    Does anyone really think he is going to say “yeah we keep an extra eye on him?”

  10. zaggs says: Mar 2, 2012 8:28 AM

    Sure they don’t. And they always make the right calls to.

  11. m2karateman says: Mar 2, 2012 8:32 AM

    For those of you who think Suh is a dirty player, go back and watch some tape of some games. Watch Evan Dietrich-Smith on the plays before the stomp…blatant holding, hands to the face, even a groin shot with a knee that went uncalled. Watch the Lions game against New Orleans where Carl Nicks grabbed Suh by the head and threw him to the ground, no call. Even the announcer pointed it out and said “how can that not get a flag?”

    I don’t condone the stomp, but the FACT is that Suh was hit with some personal foul penalties that were just flat out poor calls. I understand protecting the QBs in the league. But when a guy is within a step of the quarterback when the ball is released, how can he stop his momentum? Remember, Suh was flagged wrongly TWICE in 2011. Once for the hit on Cutler, which was perfectly legal, and once for a horse collar tackle on Marion Barber that was NOT a horse collar. The refs ARE targeting him, and making some sh** calls in the process.

  12. bleedgreen says: Mar 2, 2012 8:49 AM

    Why are ref’s giving interviews anyways? You SHOULD NEVER HEAR from a ref. I thought that the NFL already smacked down Hochuli for his website and told him to stuff a sock in the self promotion?

  13. tv426 says: Mar 2, 2012 9:02 AM

    Suh is an even bigger idiot than I first thought. And that is saying something.

  14. jeffchadwick says: Mar 2, 2012 9:02 AM

    I’m honestly wondering when MDS is going to stat his own anti-Lions fan blog. How this is remotely newsworthy is beyond me.

  15. adlent says: Mar 2, 2012 9:10 AM

    Like everyone is saying, what would you expect him to say?

    The ref gave a great textbook answer on how they approach games, but he’s human, and as far as I’ve seen, every human has a tendency to lump someone’s reputation in with their actions. Think about your school or work environment. There’s a guy at my work who can never catch a break because of his reputation in the past. Now everyone just assumes when he doesn’t do something 100% right it is because he is lazy, etc.

    I’m sure refs fall into the same trap, even if they try not to be.

  16. mialto says: Mar 2, 2012 9:21 AM

    Even saying “Yes we watch him because of the numerous complaints and his actions in the past” is ok. Suh is a dominating player and great personality, now if he could do something about the after-the-play behavior it’ll be good.

  17. The Unlikely Expat says: Mar 2, 2012 9:41 AM

    You can’t be an instigator and then wonder why you are being targeted. I know no one ever thinks that they are the problem, but he has to know that his play exceeds the limits of the rules and boundaries of the game. If he is watched by the refs specifically (he probably is), it’s because of an earned reputation.

  18. lolb23 says: Mar 2, 2012 9:53 AM

    Same refs who won’t admit pushing Cutler from behind wasn’t really a penalty

  19. themonster49 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:00 AM

    As far as the ones I saw, I have to agree with the ref. Suh was caught doing every one of the things he got hit for. That is why he they threw the flag, they saw him do it. We all saw him do it.

  20. georgebrett says: Mar 2, 2012 10:08 AM

    All NFL officials should have to have a video camera on their hat or on their glasses so everything they look at is seen by the league. I’d bet my left nut that a bunch of officials target certain players and let others get away with anything. This would certainly end that.

  21. hooterdawg says: Mar 2, 2012 10:12 AM


  22. kal5279 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:19 AM

    Even if they don’t single him out they are biased when it comes to snap judgments on the field. He has had a large number of flags on him that were not personal fouls but assumed he committed one. The only time I recall the refs getting it right on one of those was against the Eagles, one ref called it a facemask on Vick but the other had a better angle and saw he only had shoulderpad. It just looked like a facemask because Vick whipped down so violently and Suh didn’t have a great angle or hold on him.

    The 9 personal fouls is a bit misleading anyhow. Besides bad call most of those are incidental facemasks or borderline roughing the passer calls, not him stomping on people after the whistle or taking cheap shots. If you make any contact with a QBs helmet at all (the hell they changed it, refs still called it the same) it is a personal foul. I’d rather take an occasional facemask or blow to the head call than have my DL scared to get their hands up when getting after the QB, they can’t play scared of flags.

  23. mgm36 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:30 AM

    John Parry was on the radio because he was given permission by the NFL. Since I know John Parry personally, I agree with what he said

  24. nebster21 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:45 AM

    Yeah, he is going to say that they target someone. Please, if he said that they target people the NFL would kill the person. My guess is they would have that person 6 feet under before the radio show was over.

  25. Soulman45 says: Mar 2, 2012 11:41 AM

    The refs not looking what a shame what are they getting payed for?
    To watch a payer name SUH.

  26. crise40g says: Mar 2, 2012 12:14 PM

    They don’t target him, they are just calling what they are seeing. If he was in Silver and Black, then Suh might have a beef.

  27. okieviacal says: Mar 2, 2012 1:30 PM

    “We do watch film to prepare for formations and tendencies with the teams that we’re about to officiate.”

    This seems like a suspect practice as it inadvertently encourages refs to focus on past tendencies and anchors their judgement to those past tendencies. From an officiating perspective, football should be a play to play game. If its a dirty hit, call it. If its clean hit, don’t call it. If it’s a questionable hit, review it an make a call, but don’t push a questionable hit into being a dirty hit just because it happened to be a dirty hit on the last play.

  28. funktron2x says: Mar 2, 2012 2:09 PM

    More misleading and disingenuous MDS Lions coverage. Suh never said refs pick him out and pick on him. He said it was hard for refs to call his game because of his quickness and physicality. RADIO HOSTS that asked the ref if they single him out for reputation. Suh never claimed that. More biased drivel.

  29. suhisabeast90 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:11 PM

    More anti-Lion sentiment huh?

  30. shaggytoodle says: Mar 2, 2012 2:16 PM

    They don’t have to target him, its pretty easy to see the guy that, is dribbling a guys head off the turf and then kicking at him, or in another instance trying to remove Delhomme’s head from his shoulders.

    I really hope he gets his stuff straightened out, because he needs to help his team win, not hurt thier chances.

  31. goblue714 says: Mar 2, 2012 9:28 PM

    I like all the morons on here that criticize suh, if they had a player like him on their team they would love him.

  32. The Unlikely Expat says: Mar 3, 2012 3:23 AM

    goblue714 says:Mar 2, 2012 9:28 PM

    I like all the morons on here that criticize suh, if they had a player like him on their team they would love him.

    My team already has someone who commits stupid penalties and makes bad decisions that lose them games (Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills). I wouldn’t want another. I love the intensity, I hate the side-effects.

  33. staffordsyear says: Mar 3, 2012 6:40 AM

    When they call a horsecollar on barber when he took him down by the hair and forearm to the back of the head on cutler when he clearly hit him in the back it makes me think otherwise..granted this was his rookie year but still..

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