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Jay Cutler thinks Suh hit was clean

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The NFL decided not to fine Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for his hit on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler during Monday night’s game.

Cutler has no problem with that decision, even though he was forced out of the game briefly and left with injured ribs as a result of the hit. During an interview with WMVP in Chicago, Cutler said that he doesn’t anticipate having any issue getting ready in time to face the Panthers and that he didn’t find anything wrong with Suh’s play.

It was a tough hit and he caught me just right. It was an awkward fall more than anything. I still think it was clean and he is a good player,” Cutler said, via Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. “I knew it was my ribs and it wasn’t my shoulder or head or anything like that. His knee and the ball got caught in my ribs. … I knew on my way down it wasn’t going to be good.”

Cutler’s view differs from the one wide receiver Brandon Marshall expressed after the game, but there shouldn’t be too much more fuel left in this fire now that the NFL and Cutler have said that there’s nothing more to see here.

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  1. hutch119 says: Oct 23, 2012 3:02 PM

    What was Suh supposed to do there? Stop trying to take Cutler down when he realized it wasn’t going to be easy? Cutler was fighting hard to stay up and that resulted is a harder hit but there is nothing Suh could have done different.

  2. larryboodry says: Oct 23, 2012 3:06 PM

    Move along, folks, nothing to see here…Great to hear Jay will be good to go against Carolina.

  3. noeffinway says: Oct 23, 2012 3:08 PM

    Alrighty then. NFL says no fine because it was a legal hit. Cutler says it was legal and has no problem with the NFL decision…………So can you clowns drop it now…….SMH

  4. lisabearsfan says: Oct 23, 2012 3:08 PM

    It was ugly, but it wasn’t a bad hit. Thank God Cutler took the high road, as a Bears fan I needed to hear him do that…another time Suh had the chance to hit him hard and didn’t touch him. Good job both of them.

  5. hyzers says: Oct 23, 2012 3:10 PM

    As a Lions fan, I respect Cutler quite a bit, especially after this. Now Chicago fans should follow suit and realize Suh isn’t the big bag boogie man you all think him to be.

  6. noeffinway says: Oct 23, 2012 3:10 PM

    OK….so it’s safe to bring out the women and children again? Can we now put the pitch forks away until SUH’s next sack?

  7. shaggytoodle says: Oct 23, 2012 3:12 PM

    I am by no means a fan of Suh or his tactics.

    I think he could have made that hit way dirtier, he grabbed what he could of Cutler (Delhomme), his hand was on Cutlers shoulder pad and took him down.

    He didn’t horsecollar. HIs forearm was by his head, but I didn’t see a blow to the head. You can’t go low, and if you what Suh was illegal you can’t hit a QB above the arm pits?

    Come on now.

  8. educatedopinion2073 says: Oct 23, 2012 3:13 PM

    I never thought I would say it, “good job Jay” enough said, now will the rest of the real football players please stand up!

  9. sportsfan83 says: Oct 23, 2012 3:14 PM

    Bears fan here and it was a clean hit,like Jay said it was just an awkward fall. Luckily he wasn’t injured to badly,can’t wait to see how the media finds a way to make Cutler look bad by making this statement.

  10. howiehandles says: Oct 23, 2012 3:14 PM

    Maybe a game like that will finally let up on the soft bs that gets thrown his way.

    He may have a little too much confidence in his arm causing him to throw into double teams far too much, but he is a tough dude.

  11. primetime0552 says: Oct 23, 2012 3:16 PM

    Bears fans will still whine it was dirty….

  12. nflgiant says: Oct 23, 2012 3:21 PM

    Suh is one scary dude and he reminds me of Deacon Jones,who wanted to kill the QB with an angry almost criminal intent.

  13. acdc363 says: Oct 23, 2012 3:21 PM

    Jay Cutler is a badass

  14. mputelli55 says: Oct 23, 2012 3:22 PM

    class act by Suh goin over to check on him too by the way

  15. annes22 says: Oct 23, 2012 3:23 PM

    Brandon needs to keep quiet now, and stop going on ESPN this morning, and gossiping. He’s crackers. If Cutler say’s it was a legal hit, he should know, he “took” the damn hit.

  16. damnskins703 says: Oct 23, 2012 3:26 PM

    What ever happened to the days when you could tackle the qb…. Goodell is trying to ruin the game it use to be a contact sport

  17. meytonpanning says: Oct 23, 2012 3:26 PM

    I don’t care how many people call Jay Cutler a whiner. I doubt any of you would have been any nicer to your o-line after getting smashed around by 250-300lbs guys for 60 minutes.

    He’s fair, he’s a competitor and he’s emotional. Last I checked, most quarterbacks are like that. You don’t have to have Brady or Manning composure to be considered civil.

  18. mintberrycrunch1 says: Oct 23, 2012 3:39 PM

    That hit by Suh represents everything I love about pro football. Why any of you want this game to be even softer and more gentle than it has already become is completely incomprehensible to me. ~38% of the people polled in that last article on whether the hit was dirty or not said it was. The fact that the percentage is anywhere near 30% scares the crap out of me. We seem to have a new wave of fans coming in that don’t appreciate what this game is about and that is VERY worrisome.

  19. lisabearsfan says: Oct 23, 2012 3:56 PM

    It could be all the data that’s coming to light on concussions and their lasting effects on players. And the new wave of fans…a lot are women. A lot of women are really into football now.

  20. maddog111 says: Oct 23, 2012 3:56 PM

    I think Cutler earned a lot of respect last night. First off by only missing only play after that hit. And secondly by his handling of things afterwards.

  21. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 23, 2012 3:58 PM

    I think this is just Jay distancing himself from all the whiny Bear fans.

  22. dino2997 says: Oct 23, 2012 4:02 PM

    Suh wanted to hurt Cutler. The leg sweep while pulling the arm wasn’t needed to bring him down BUT it is completely legal. Any defensive lineman would have done the same thing given the chance.

  23. jimmylions says: Oct 23, 2012 4:06 PM

    So enough already.

    Cutler has spoken. The NFL has spoken. Former VP of NFL officiating Mike Pereira has spoken. — All agree no foul/no fine.

    Bears fans have spoken – and true to black and blue division football, the vast majority are agree that it wasn’t a big deal.

    What’s next? Do we need to hear whether Lindsay Lohan thinks it was clean hit?

    Anyone who calls Cutler a wimp is a troll.

    And now that all of this is settled, can I go back to my quiet misery … my teams 3 redzone turnovers and a season that’s pretty much over?

  24. homebruer says: Oct 23, 2012 4:19 PM

    RE: primetime0552 says:Oct 23, 2012 3:16 PM

    Bears fans will still whine it was dirty….

    Dont comment for this bears fan D bag0552.

    I will go one further and give Suh credit for NOT cleaning Jays clock again when he had the chance.It was available to him more than a second time and he pulled up on at least one. Anyone here would love to see a guy like Suh making those kind of hits on the opponents Q.B.
    Now please Suh, just hit Arron Rodgers that hard and dont hold back.

  25. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 23, 2012 4:22 PM

    Don’t tell chi01town.

    He thinks that Suh should be drawn and quartered in the town square for having the audacity to make a legitimate tackle.

  26. jmoonraker says: Oct 23, 2012 4:30 PM

    Suh played a very good game…. He took down Cutler with force and aggression. This is football man. Not Volleyball. Cutler said the hit was clean and it was. I love to see Suh finally get it on again…go lions!!!!

  27. whoknowsnothing says: Oct 23, 2012 4:32 PM

    It was a hard it by Suh, but Suh looked like he was trying to sweep Cutler with his leg and drive his upper body to the ground.

    Suh will always have an eye out for on him because of what kind of cheap shots he has taken on QB’s.

  28. lisabearsfan says: Oct 23, 2012 4:37 PM

    AGREED!!

  29. mjkelly77 says: Oct 23, 2012 4:51 PM

    dino2997 says:Oct 23, 2012 4:02 PM

    Suh wanted to hurt Cutler. The leg sweep while pulling the arm wasn’t needed to bring him down BUT it is completely legal. Any defensive lineman would have done the same thing given the chance.
    _________________

    Wake up and pay attention. With the positiong the way it was, Suh could held Cutler face up and snapped him over his knee, probably severely damaging Cutler’s back . Review the play. If Suh wanted to hurt Cutler, he could have very easily. I think “whoknowsnothing” really does know nothing.

  30. daaabears says: Oct 23, 2012 4:54 PM

    The problem is, as soon as Jay knew he couldn’t throw, he should have taken himself out of the game. He would have got bashed bigtime but if he does not care about his public persona, it would have been the right thing to do.

  31. robataille says: Oct 23, 2012 4:57 PM

    This may be why Cutler appears angry all the time… He has to face Suh twice a year.

  32. robataille says: Oct 23, 2012 4:59 PM

    But still, I hope everyone is lenient with Cam Newton’s poor body language as well. He only has identical numbers in comparing his stats now, with his stats from last season. Only 3 fewer rushing TD’s.

  33. lisabearsfan says: Oct 23, 2012 5:18 PM

    What the hell?

  34. claytron5000 says: Oct 23, 2012 5:40 PM

    All the Suh fans that are dismissing this hit as “no big deal,” and “legal,” will be the same ones in shock when this guy is out of football because he kills someone on the field.

    Dude has serious rage problems beyond a hard-hitting, aggressive NFL player (my favorite player of all time is still Ronnie Lott). Any player that uses the opposing player’s head as a projectile that often is clearly trying to do serious bodily harm. It’s only a matter of time before he breaks someone’s neck or back.

    He’s an out of control punk that’s taking his issues out on professional athletes. I’d like to see other players do some “policing” of their own.

  35. dog589 says: Oct 23, 2012 5:48 PM

    Leg whip, Suhs couldn’t make a clean hit if his life depended on it.

  36. blitzthepig says: Oct 23, 2012 5:56 PM

    Obvious that Suh was trying to hurt Cutler. Suh is a dangerous player and will get his soon.

  37. prmpft says: Oct 23, 2012 5:59 PM

    he was just crying like the three year old girl that he is. Once he was told he was not hurt – he calmed down. But had he broken a nail (or incurred any other booboo) – he would have quit before you could have tracked it!

  38. ricardocabeza says: Oct 23, 2012 6:01 PM

    Good for Jay not to give Dgigadong Sue the satisfaction of furthering his rep as a low life ( well entrenched it is). For anyone with more than four brain cells it is obvious that Suh grabbed Cutler, balanced on one leg while he swept Cutler, flung him over his leg and fell on him. It is also obvious he has been practicing this move to do it so spontaineously. Suh made a nice production of playing nice the rest of the game trying to show what a good sport he is. Jerks like him always find a bottom, the league won’t step in, but a guard rail will eventually.

  39. chi01town says: Oct 23, 2012 6:12 PM

    that CRIMINAL was trying to hurt Cutler an he should be out the game. an as for these packers fans you can shut up cause your team is in the basement with the Lions.

  40. larryboodry says: Oct 23, 2012 6:23 PM

    prmpft says: Oct 23, 2012 5:59 PM

    “he was just crying like the three year old girl that he is. Once he was told he was not hurt – he calmed down. But had he broken a nail (or incurred any other booboo) – he would have quit before you could have tracked it!”

    Some of you losers hiding behind your keyboards scare me withyour ignorance…Go Bears!

  41. kinguga says: Oct 23, 2012 6:40 PM

    Cutler mopes a lot and has terrible body language that turns fans and other players off, but the guy is tough. I remember watching him get killed from week to week in the SEC with an undermanned Vandy team. He took his beatings like a man and managed to do well there.

  42. csilojohnson says: Oct 23, 2012 7:10 PM

    It was a clean hit!! I think Suh is the dirtiest player in league. Still not a dirty hit on Cutler. Take of the skirts people.

  43. kev86 says: Oct 23, 2012 7:12 PM

    Maras/Giants fully support the Rooneys /steelers. Football royalty. Thank you.

  44. vikingfan1971 says: Oct 23, 2012 9:25 PM

    I bet if it was a vikings player everyone would be saying that was a dirty hit

  45. mintberrycrunch1 says: Oct 23, 2012 9:36 PM

    @claytron5000

    Why did you write “legal”? There’s no need for quotes. How many other people do you need to tell you it was legal for you to understand that? This sport is dangerous, just look at what happened to Johnny Knox. I don’t care if you like Ronnie Lott, that doesn’t prove anything. If you can’t deal with tackles like the one Suh put on Cutler just stop watching because no one is forcing you.

  46. aceinthehole12 says: Oct 23, 2012 10:22 PM

    I think Marshall is the only one with a problem. Many of NFL players have said nothing was wrong, people on ESPN etc. Real football fans know that was a good hit…they just went down awkward.

  47. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 23, 2012 10:30 PM

    chi01town says:
    Oct 23, 2012 6:12 PM
    that CRIMINAL was trying to hurt Cutler an he should be out the game. an as for these packers fans you can shut up cause your team is in the basement with the Lions.

    —-

    We can “shut up,” eh?

    The Packers are better than the Bears.

    Everyone knows it.

    Sorry!

  48. gmsingh says: Oct 24, 2012 8:38 AM

    This will have a cumulative effect. Suh has already been fined before, and if he has another borderline hit like this again, I’m sure he’ll get fined again. QBs are the ones that bring in the most money for the NFL, and that’s the reason they will get tighter and tighter on people that are trying to take them out.

  49. todd231 says: Oct 24, 2012 9:53 AM

    Bears fan here, that was a completely legal hit, and I think Marshall is right for standing up for his QB. Cutler showed his toughness getting up from that one, becuase it was BRTUAL.

    That being said, Suh gonna kill someone one day. That cat is a beast! Our O-Line played well against Detroit’s D-line.

  50. larryboodry says: Oct 24, 2012 10:40 AM

    thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 23, 2012 10:30 PM

    “The Packers are better than the Bears. Everyone knows it. Sorry!”

    Right now the standings say otherwise…Heck, right now the standings say the Packers aren’t even as good as the Vikings.

    Sorry!

  51. lisabearsfan says: Oct 24, 2012 10:50 AM

    Hilarious. Although, the Packers kicked our butts and we have a rather soft start to our schedule, let’s hope that the Bears can stay healthy so we can be alive when our schedule gets tougher.

  52. larryboodry says: Oct 24, 2012 12:44 PM

    @lisabearsfan…First off let me say I like your posts…And you’re right, staying healthy is the key…Everyone agrees the Bears face a tougher schedule in the second half, but what a lot of folks ignore is that the Bears are part of that elite group of teams other teams should fear, rather than a team that should be afraid…They know enough to respect their upcoming opponents, while knowing also that they are good enough to compete with anybody, even Green Bay.

  53. lisabearsfan says: Oct 24, 2012 2:09 PM

    @larryboodry…first, thanks. I think the Bears are solid enough right now and the fact that my entire family is Bears fans makes me halfway intelligent speaking about them. You and I both know that sometimes they just fall apart and I almost had a heart attack when Suh took Cutler down, repeat of last year, no thank you. But I don’t blame Suh for that particular hit..there was another play where Suh could have hit him again and didn’t. I would have kissed the guy if I could have. :)

  54. tokyomanblastersmom says: Oct 24, 2012 2:13 PM

    Packers better than the Bears?

    Packers aren’t even better than the Colts. Or Vikings, for that matter.

    Packers benefitted from an early season game against the Bears, where the o-line was still trying to sort itself out, and Cutler (also trying to learn to work with his third new OC in 3 years) played poorly as a result.

    Toss in a lucky gimmick play and enemy turf, and there ya go.

    I imagine right now most Pack fans are watching the Bears and are getting as nervous as a dairy cow does when he’s alone in the barn and the Wisconsin farmer walks in.

    Which is why they’re all out and about, trolling in full force.

    Speaking of full force, anyone who’s played contact sports could see that Suh-er was trying to end Cutler’s season. Suh’s not only an underhanded dirtbag, but a coward and a phony.

    Cutler’s just too decent to call it what is was.

  55. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 24, 2012 2:39 PM

    The Bears haven’t beaten the Packers for over 2 years now, so I doubt the Packers are too concerned about a handful of regular season wins by Quitler and Co.

  56. larryboodry says: Oct 24, 2012 3:00 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 24, 2012 2:39 PM

    “The Bears haven’t beaten the Packers for over 2 years now, so I doubt the Packers are too concerned about a handful of regular season wins by Quitler and Co.”

    Right…Because come game day that recent history matters more than which team plays better that day.

  57. lisabearsfan says: Oct 24, 2012 3:01 PM

    Quitler has an arm like a rocket and when the stars align for the Bears, the Packers will worry.

  58. larryboodry says: Oct 24, 2012 3:47 PM

    lisabearsfan says: Oct 24, 2012 3:01 PM

    “Quitler has an arm like a rocket and when the stars align for the Bears, the Packers will worry.”

    We should not use hater’s vocabulary, even in jest…It only encourages them, and confuses the slower ones.

  59. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 24, 2012 3:59 PM

    larryboodry says: Oct 24, 2012 3:00 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 24, 2012 2:39 PM

    “The Bears haven’t beaten the Packers for over 2 years now, so I doubt the Packers are too concerned about a handful of regular season wins by Quitler and Co.”

    Right…Because come game day that recent history matters more than which team plays better that day.”

    Tell that to the Washington Generals next time they play the Harlam Globetrotters, because that’s what this rivalry is starting to feel like.

    Da Bears better show some pride and pick it up a little. And by picking it up a little, I don’t mean Quitler shoving around his offensive lineman out of childish frustration like last time. Their recent pathetic history against the arch rival Packers is a complete embarrassment.

  60. lisabearsfan says: Oct 24, 2012 4:40 PM

    Opinions are like “you know whats” and everybody has one.

    And I agree, the Packers beating of the Bears was embarrassing..hoping for better times my friend…next time.

  61. tokyomanblastersmom says: Oct 24, 2012 5:03 PM

    I don’t think it will even matter when (yep) the Bears DO beat the packerds, because

    1. By then Bears will already have the division locked up, and

    2. The packerds will only say “we beat ourselves” anyway, or whine and cry their cheese-sauce tears about the officiating like they always do…it’s always someone else’s fault. WAAAH!

    Their excuse-making has by now far exceeded even the Vikings delusional off-season chest-thumping and the Lions off-season arrest records – it’s grown to such legendary proportions that even casual NFL fans outside of the division have come to know Green Blame for who they aren’t and what they blame.

  62. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 24, 2012 5:38 PM

    tokyomanblastersmom says: Oct 24, 2012 5:03 PM

    “I don’t think it will even matter when (yep) the Bears DO beat the packerds…….”

    Sometimes I wonder how my descendents will react when that finally happens.

  63. larryboodry says: Oct 24, 2012 7:30 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:

    “Da Bears better show some pride and pick it up a little. And by picking it up a little, I don’t mean Quitler shoving around his offensive lineman out of childish frustration like last time. Their recent pathetic history against the arch rival Packers is a complete embarrassment.”

    No, it is unfortunate, but your insistence that we dwell on it is asinine…I remember years when Da Bears owned the NFC North (Central back then) and made the playoffs regularly…Packers stayed home, but man, if they managed a win or two against us in an otherwise-losing season, the GB fans trash-talked worse than they do now with a good team…Bottom line is, all that matters is THIS year, and who gets further in the playoffs or to the SB…If your team spanks us again in December, but we go deeper into the postseason than you do, then all your crowing means squat. And I don’t see you spanking us in any case.

    Go Bears!

  64. navybrat1972 says: Oct 24, 2012 9:44 PM

    As a Bears fan, I do like Suh. However, like Cutler will always have the reputation for being the mopey uninvolved, emotionless QB, Suh will always have the reputation of being a very dirty player simply because of how he played his rookie year and parts of last year.

    Cutler taking the high ground on this does not surprise me. He’s just that type of person (so I’ve read).

    It was a good hit (though admittedly, I thought it was McMahon/Martin all over again because I hadn’t realized Cutty landed on the football…I thought it was his shoulder that took the brunt of the tackle!) and if Cutler doesn’t have a problem with it, then the fans shouldn’t. Suh is maturing in this game and the fact that he checked on Cutler while he was down and then shook his hand as he got up and left the field proves it. A year ago, he wouldn’t have bothered to make sure the person he hit was okay.

  65. lisabearsfan says: Oct 25, 2012 8:42 AM

    Oh my dear fellow Bears fans…we all know the Packers are a great team and deserve respect. They have been and are a good team with great players. I admit I have a small crush on Rodgers and Clay, unless he hits my quarterback. There’s really no need to bash the Packers or any other team.

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