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.