Raiola sounded off on the NFL’s decision to review Suh’s hit on Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden, saying Suh did nothing wrong on the play and he doesn’t know why the NFL would crack down so hard.
“It’s ridiculous,’’ Raiola said. “The guy is violent, football is a violent game. I don’t think you can ever make hitting somebody soft. It’s ridiculous. I’ve got nothing more to say about it. I saw the play on the sideline, it’s not on purpose, it’s ridiculous.’’
Raiola’s comments came after the NFL confirmed it would review Suh’s hit, but before the NFL fined Suh.
According to the NFL, Suh was fined for lowering his helmet into Weeden’s body after Weeden threw a pass. But Suh seemed to be aiming for Weeden’s midsection — which is where defensive players are told to aim — and the referee was in good position to see the hit and didn’t throw a flag. It’s not surprising that Suh’s teammates don’t agree with the NFL ‘s scrutiny on Suh for this one.