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Brandon Marshall sticks to his guns on Suh hit

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When Bears quarterback Jay Cutler shrugged off suggestions that Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s hit on him Monday night crossed some kind of a line, we suggested that there wouldn’t be any more fuel thrown on that particular fire.

That suggestion has proven to be incorrect. Even though Cutler had no problem with the hit and the NFL deemed it legal, Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who slammed Suh on Twitter following the game, still believes that Suh broke the rules.

“Listen, I’m around Jay every day, and I’m going to stand up to this. Jay doesn’t want to create any controversy,” Marshall said, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. “Was it the worst hit? No, it wasn’t the worst hit. But I’ve never seen someone play the game like that. For a wrestling move to be accepted on the football field is ridiculous. It was illegal. It wasn’t borderline illegal. It wasn’t suspect. It was illegal. It’s bad football.”

Marshall’s wrong on this one. The hit was hard and violent, but it was also legal. Hard, violent and legal hits are part of the game, even when they happen to quarterbacks.

Having said that, there are worse moments to be wrong than when you’re getting the back of the player partially responsible for your presence in Chicago and wholly responsible for putting the ball in your hands every week.

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37 Responses to “Brandon Marshall sticks to his guns on Suh hit”
  1. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 24, 2012 9:27 AM

    Marshall is trying to say it should have been “unnecessary roughness”. Debate amongst yourselves..

  2. snaponrules says: Oct 24, 2012 9:31 AM

    Legallity of hit and fines depends more on the QB that gets hit then it does the action.
    You can bet your ass if this same hit was on Brady, or P. Manning the flag would have been thrown and donk kong would already been notified of his upcoming suspension.

  3. benh999 says: Oct 24, 2012 9:33 AM

    I don’t have an opinion on the hit itself, but claiming it is not dirty solely because it was not a rules violation is pretty stupid.

  4. annes22 says: Oct 24, 2012 9:35 AM

    Shut up Brandon, you are a “loose canon” always have been. It was Jay that got hit, not you, so move on and be more productive on your Twitter. This is boring now, the NFL are NOT fining Suh.

  5. pryor4heisman says: Oct 24, 2012 9:41 AM

    Suh belongs in a zoo, not the NFL.

  6. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 24, 2012 9:43 AM

    Ah. Claiming that it didn’t break any rules in any way means it was a clean hit is “pretty stupid.”

    So, understanding the rules is pretty stupid.

    Sound logic.

  7. djmcba says: Oct 24, 2012 9:47 AM

    The “Borderline Beast” is simply trying to further endear himself to his qb, certainly not the dumbest thing he has ever done…

  8. tannethrill says: Oct 24, 2012 9:47 AM

    Hard to take a guy serious that consistently does the wrong thing off the field.

    At least Suh doesn’t hit women or “trip on McDonalds bags and fall into TVs”.

    Get over the hit, it was legal and frankly impressive. This is a violent game and that hit is likely the top of the line and anymore would likely be crossing the line.

    Give Suh credit, I guess once you’ve crossed the line enough that you can start recognizing the line and walking it without crossing it.

  9. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 24, 2012 9:48 AM

    If this is the only controversy Brandon Marshall creates this season, I’ll take it. I know it eats at Dolphins and Broncos fans to see him so well behaved and productive.

  10. gochargersgo says: Oct 24, 2012 9:53 AM

    If nothing else it will make officials more likely to toss the flag on hits to cutler from here on out. So maybe Marshall isnt so stupid after all.

  11. randomguy9999 says: Oct 24, 2012 9:55 AM

    Marshall blow up in 3….2…1…..

    this is his mode Bear fans….. about halfway through the season he can’t hold his breath anymore and there’s a hissy fit, or arrest, or sideline / locker room controversy….

  12. dawgsafety13 says: Oct 24, 2012 10:01 AM

    The guy who has been involved in 16 incidents that required police attention in the last 5 years speaks on the value of character. Can we please get Travis Henry to commment on the importance of birth control next?

  13. arturocuebas says: Oct 24, 2012 10:11 AM

    I agree that Brandon Marshall is flat out wrong in declaring the hit illegal. It was a legal play. But it does sicken me to see defenders make plays like that. It’s immoral. The reason it’s going to continue to happen, for the next few years at least, is because just like me, it doesn’t sicken me enough to stop watching. However, my impression has been that the trend is that anything the owners see as putting their precious QBs in jeopardy will cause them to change the rules. It could be that at some point the rule will become a general “intent to injure” instead of the specific “hit to the head” or “going for the feat” etc.

  14. chi01town says: Oct 24, 2012 10:11 AM

    Marshall can stick to his guns because what is Suh gone do about it? Marshall aint little an Suh will NOT run up on him. Marshall told Suh on the field what he thought.

  15. turrrds says: Oct 24, 2012 10:16 AM

    Go ahead and put flags on the qbs already. We all know that this is where we are headed. Get it over with.

  16. klunge says: Oct 24, 2012 10:17 AM

    Perfect example of why it’s a good idea to just keep your mouth shut in the first place. Now that he is proven wrong, he only has 2 options: eat crow and sheepishly recant his moronic rantings, or continue doggedly clinging to his debunked statements. Either way he looks like a stooge, but apparently he thinks option 2 is the lesser evil.

  17. essentialsausage says: Oct 24, 2012 10:24 AM

    Suh had to use a wrestling move because Cutler was trying to remain on his feet.

  18. jmoonraker says: Oct 24, 2012 10:28 AM

    I cannot believe this guy is still whining.. Coming from a guy who beats up on girls…. Suh creamed Cutler and every one but Bears fans loved it. Marshal needs to quit whining. I don’t remember Marshall crying like this in Denver. It must be a Chicago cultural thing… Go Lions.. Suh is a Gladiator!!!!!

  19. wrxman says: Oct 24, 2012 10:34 AM

    Marshall knows where his bread is buttered, there is a bit of a drop off between Cutler and Campbell. Suh’s hit was legal but, the intent was questionable and that is what makes most people stop and take pause. I think Detroit’s defense could be a little more disciplined they only need to look across the line at Chicago’s Defense. Stop celebrating big hits, and be a little more consistent, Suh’s hit was a highlight reel moment. But what was the final score?

  20. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 24, 2012 10:55 AM

    jmoonraker says:
    Oct 24, 2012 10:28 AM
    I cannot believe this guy is still whining.. Coming from a guy who beats up on girls…. Suh creamed Cutler and every one but Bears fans loved it. Marshal needs to quit whining. I don’t remember Marshall crying like this in Denver. It must be a Chicago cultural thing… Go Lions.. Suh is a Gladiator!!!!!
    ______________________________

    Whining? really? That’s a stretch. Reporter asks him a question…he answers it.

  21. klunge says: Oct 24, 2012 10:57 AM

    chi01town says:
    Oct 24, 2012 10:11 AM
    Marshall can stick to his guns because what is Suh gone do about it? Marshall aint little an Suh will NOT run up on him.
    ————————————————-

    This could be the most hilariously delusional thing I’ve ever read on this site. And that’s saying something, since there are some real doozies around here. Marshall can flap his mouth because he knows Suh couldn’t care less what he thinks and has no intention of “running up on him”. Because everyone but you realizes Suh could dispatch Marshall quickly, with minimal effort.

  22. clu1perceiver says: Oct 24, 2012 11:06 AM

    Marshall is sicker than we think. On First Take he seemed confused and unwilling to acknowledge even the possibility he could be wrong in his criticism.

  23. joetoronto says: Oct 24, 2012 11:47 AM

    blackandbluedivision says:
    Oct 24, 2012 10:55 AM
    jmoonraker says:
    Oct 24, 2012 10:28 AM
    I cannot believe this guy is still whining.. Coming from a guy who beats up on girls…. Suh creamed Cutler and every one but Bears fans loved it. Marshal needs to quit whining. I don’t remember Marshall crying like this in Denver. It must be a Chicago cultural thing… Go Lions.. Suh is a Gladiator!!!!!
    ______________________________

    Whining? really? That’s a stretch. Reporter asks him a question…he answers it.
    **************************************************

    Did the reporter hold a gun to his head?

    There you go.

  24. exibitsman says: Oct 24, 2012 12:16 PM

    someone needs to take out this punk SUH.
    He’s allways hitting these QBs like he wants
    to end there careers. commissioner Goodall
    needs to look at some of this punks game film.

  25. filmex2000 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:18 PM

    First Marshall is ripping Warren Sapp, now he does a Twitter drive-by on Suh.

    Now taking bets on who he goes after next. At that point, he will have officially gone from being bi-polar to tri-polar.

  26. steelcurtains says: Oct 24, 2012 12:41 PM

    I seen to remember James Harrison being fined a few years ago for slamming a quarterback into the ground. Oh, but that’s right…there’s a different set of rules and fines for Harrison.

  27. CKL says: Oct 24, 2012 12:58 PM

    I’m 100% positive Marshall knows more about Cutler’s real thoughts than I do. That said, I don’t find it logical that Cutler wouldn’t give his honest opinion so that he could avoid controversy. Cutler says what’s on his mind, it seems like to me. I think he really felt the hit was ok.

  28. mrcogburn says: Oct 24, 2012 2:10 PM

    “Jay doesn’t want to create any controversy,” Marshall said.

    Now you see why Denver and Miami dispatched this idiot. He can’t help but be a fool in public.

  29. gobears84 says: Oct 24, 2012 2:28 PM

    Suh followers make me laugh. First you criticize Marshall because you cant defend your boy because his intent is to permanantly hurt someone everytime he hits them. Marshall at least admits he has had personal off the field problems and is working on becoming a productive citizen.

    Lets not forget a couple weeks ago when Suh backed into another man’s car and then fled the scene. The poor guy calls the cops and the cop tell him to meet him at the Lion’s facility. What happens next, well this is a shocker, Suh comes out of the facility and A) threatens the guy and B) tells him to leave or else.

    Im sorry, I just dont see this as normal behavior on any level. Say what you want about Marshall, Suh is an absolute loose cannon and its only a matter of time before he hurts someone permanent. Get a grip Lion fans, this guys days are numbered if he doesnt address his issues. His college teammates dont even like him because he has anger and violence issues.

  30. dukemarc says: Oct 24, 2012 2:48 PM

    As the late, great Redd Foxx would say Brandon, “Shut up ya big dummy!”

  31. shorttracknews says: Oct 24, 2012 2:53 PM

    Ripping Warren Sapp??? I believe Marshall “replied” to Sapp and in doing so put him in his place 100%

  32. tokyomanblastersmom says: Oct 24, 2012 2:59 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says:
    Oct 24, 2012 9:43 AM
    Ah. Claiming that it didn’t break any rules in any way means it was a clean hit is “pretty stupid.”

    So, understanding the rules is pretty stupid.

    Sound logic.
    __________________________

    There’s the letter of the law and the spirit of the law — and while Suh-er’s hit may have passed legal muster, according to the letter of the NFL law, the SPIRIT of the laws (protect players/QBs, prevent dangerous and unsportsmanlike hits) was clearly in violation.

    Sure, I get it – people have blood lust and love to see the big hits and think QBs are too protected.

    But anyone who saw that hit and isn’t blinded by their own stark raving bias could tell: Suh was trying end Cutler’s season, if not his career.

    And it’s not the first time we’ve seen him act like that (and then go into his big phony damage control mode).

    In short, Marshall is right. AGAIN.

  33. realfann says: Oct 24, 2012 3:21 PM

    Marshall is correct. Wresting moves are specifically called out to be illegal.

  34. freddiekroger01 says: Oct 24, 2012 3:34 PM

    Sorry GoBears84, you’re wrong about the driving incident. It was confirmed that Suh called 911 BEFORE the other driver.

    Do a search and you’ll see how what Dearborn police reported…

  35. larryboodry says: Oct 24, 2012 3:39 PM

    jmoonraker says: Oct 24, 2012 10:28 AM

    “I cannot believe this guy is still whining.. Coming from a guy who beats up on girls…. Suh creamed Cutler and every one but Bears fans loved it. Marshal needs to quit whining. I don’t remember Marshall crying like this in Denver. It must be a Chicago cultural thing… Go Lions.. Suh is a Gladiator!!!!!”

    Lotta crying in GB when Seattle won on that controversial Hail Mary, lotta crying in Detroit yesterday after Chicago dominated your supposedly good team…And all those Lions arrested in the off-season? Must be a Detroit cultural thing.

  36. detroitnorth says: Oct 24, 2012 4:20 PM

    Said Bears coach Lovie Smith of QB Jay Cutler getting hit by Lions DT Ndamukong Suh, “That’s football. No one is trying to hurt anyone or anything like that out there. It was just a tough hard-nosed game. Suh’s a good football player. He’s playing hard, trying to win a game.
    So what is it Brandon…, is your coach an idiot too?

  37. chi01town says: Oct 24, 2012 6:05 PM

    Marshall has a right to say what he feels just like anybody else. an if Suh dont like it Marshall is coming to Detroit an he wont back down.

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