Reed thinks Suh should have been suspended multiple games

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Former NFL safety Ed Reed and current Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh have something in common; each has had a suspension imposed by the league and overturned by hearing officer Ted Cottrell.

But Reed and Suh have one major difference.  Reed thinks Suh should have been suspended multiple games for stepping on the leg of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

“When you have stuff like this in the game, that shouldn’t be tolerated,” Reed said on the newest edition of Inside the NFL, which debuts tonight.  “He probably should have [been suspended more than one game] because of the things that he’s been doing up to this point – kicking guys and really disrespecting the game of football and the brotherhood that we have.  Some things you just don’t do.”

But the suspension wasn’t based on his history, and Cottrell has decided that Suh’s subtly intentional step on Rodgers’ leg doesn’t merit a suspension.  Which actually helps the Packers, because if the Lions can beat the Cowboys on Sunday, Green Bay will get the winner of the Cardinals-Panthers game in the divisional round, and not the 12-4 Cowboys, who are also 8-0 on the road this season.

79 responses to “Reed thinks Suh should have been suspended multiple games

  1. Hah!

    Prior bad acts do show a pattern of bad behavior.

    The Green Bay Packers are the idiots here.

    Regardless of what they say, the NFL has shown numerous times that they will not protect their players from intentional unnecessary violent acts on the field. And the Packers should know that by now.

    The only solution to protect your star QB from a Suh-like player, is to take matters into your own hands. If he cheap shots your player, then end his season.

    It’ll obviously stop him from doing it again, but more importantly, it’ll deter the next cheap shot.

    Bravo, Ted Cottrell; great job looking out for your players!

  2. But the suspension wasn’t based on his history, and Cottrell has decided that Suh’s subtly intentional step on Rodgers’ leg doesn’t merit a suspension. Which actually helps the Packers, because if the Lions can beat the Cowboys on Sunday, Green Bay will get the winner of the Cardinals-Panthers game in the divisional round, and not the 12-4 Cowboys, who are also 8-0 on the road this season.
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    It doesn’t matter. The Packers can beat the Cowboys in Lambeau just as easily as they beat the Vikings in Lambeau.

  3. Well, Ed Reed thinks he can still play, so I dont really think his comments are accurate

  4. It may look suspicious and like an awkward step movement, but you also can’t prove ill intent just from looking at the video. In professional football you deal with the rulings as they are, and this ruling says it’s fine for him to play. Time to move on and focus on the game and good luck to both teams!

  5. Be Careful Romo…
    Suh and the lions gonna look like the 2009 saints, knowing that they’ll only get a slap on the wrist for cheap shots.

  6. “But the suspension wasn’t based on his history”

    I wonder why not? What makes Suh so special that this had to be treated like a first offense when it’s at least his TENTH?

    #corruption

  7. I think a lot of other players, current, and past do too. Its hard enough dodging the injury bug, and trying to keep healthy enough just to stay on the field. They know that there is no place for trash like that in the NFL.

  8. what is suh gonna have to do kill somebody or end their football career before the league takes his bullying seriously……there is a harsher punishment in schools now a days for ppl who bully then in a professional sports organization…how can our children learn bullying is not tolerated or exceptable when they watch grown men bullying and possibly causing serious injry to another human….and all the nfl does is tap him on wrist and say now suh sign a check….and next time please dont make it so obvious…the nhl and nba has siffer punishment for repeat offenders during a game….the nfl is becoming a joke to the sports world….our children are being shown that if you want to be a bully just go play in the nfl they TOLERATE it…..very sad role model league….and its not everyone doing it but the few that are…are tarnishing THE SHEILD…..

  9. Get this, they just pointed out on the NFL Network that 32 games had passed since Suh was last suspended and if he had played 1 less game, he would have been a repeat offender and received a much stiffer sentence.

    He just happened to play the exact minimum number needed to avoid a stiffer sentence.

    Makes you wonder.

  10. I remember when Brady tried to cleat Reed which could have really hurt him. Another reason I can’t stand Brady. I’m surprised this was overturned as well , but Lions do need their best player on defense. Just another decision that merits debate.

  11. How does past behavior not factor in? What kind of policy is that? It goes against every single other disciplinary policy the NFL seems to have with “repeat offenders ” in the drug and criminal conduct codes. Way to out-stupid yourself yet again.

  12. ” If he cheap shots your player, then end his season”

    Man, I hate guys who advocate taking cheap shots and ending players seasons/careers for any reason. They sound like a bunch of ten year old girls wanting revenge.

    /rant/

  13. Suh’s suspension being overturned just sends him the message that it’s OK to cheap-shot certain players.

  14. Sure, the Packers can beat the Cowboys at Lambeau. But will they? Who knows. The Cowboys aren’t the AP-less Vikings so I wouldn’t expect it to be as easy as 42-10.

  15. The NFL is inconsistent when metting out punishment. During this year’s Panthers game vs. the Bengals, another chronic offender, Burfict, boldly and purposely twisted the ankle’s of Cam Newton and Greg Olsen and all the league did was fine him. I guess Aaron Rodgers should be grateful that Suh got suspended at all.

  16. Reed is an idiot and a hypocrite. Tell me how stepping on golden boy Aaron Rodger’s leg is comparable to a helmet to helmet hit which causes a concussion.

  17. In my state, anyone arrested for the same crime over and over, after a certain number is considered a ‘career criminal’ and as such, the next time they are arrested for the same crime they are charged with, for instance, ‘burglary as a career criminal’. The penalty is then more severe than a normal burglary conviction.

    When you have 8 prior offenses for the exact same thing – you are a career criminal and should be treated as such.

  18. sharkt says:
    Dec 30, 2014 5:49 PM
    Ed Reed. Voice of moral authority…

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    Ed Reed is a great person who has done so much for the community of Baltimore. He’s very humble too, when have you ever heard him trash an opponent? Never. He was never even close to being dirty. So he’s more than qualified to speak on this. The only reason you people hate him is because of the Houston situation where the Texans moronic front office handed him 5 mil to do something he has always loved. Would you say no to that?

  19. smh….multiple games for a step……a step? ok. gee I sure do miss the old days. Old quarterbacks would get up and do something about it instead of crying about an apology from a “rival”

  20. “She’s been very supportive,” George McCaskey said of Virginia McCaskey, who turns 92 next week.
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    Maybe you can’t tell if there was ill intent, but it was intentional and avoidable.

    Going back to his childhood, Suh has probably been on a football field thousands of times. When he took that first step back and stepped on “something”, he knew that something had to be either a person, or a different person.

    So when he put his second foot on Rodgers’ leg, he knew exactly what he was doing. Now, he could have stomped rather than stepped, no doubt. But f he has any intelligence whatsoever, he was aware of his surroundings and knew it was Rodgers on the ground, and was likely aware that it was his bad leg too.

    So, ill intent? Maybe not. Childish, classless and 100% uncalled for? Absolutely.

  21. nflfollower says: Dec 30, 2014 6:15 PM

    Cant wait to see how angry suh is sunday.
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    What makes you think he’s angry? After pulling off that childish stunt, he gets away with the equivalence of a slap on the wrist, if you take his income into account. He’s probably one of the happiest guys in the NFL right now.

  22. What Reed has done in the community has nothing to do once he steps on the field. Reed liked to target players like most of the dirty Raven trash he played with and he has zero credibility. Think about it this way would you want to put your life in the balance of Ray Lewis finding a white suit?

  23. How many playoff games has Detroit won WITH Suh?

    Yeah, that’s what I thought.

    His last game as a Lion is Sunday in Dallas.

  24. I saw the video and game. The most heralded players the NFL promotes like Butkus, Lott, Jones, and Warren Sapp were a little dirty. Suh is no different he just plays in Detroit. it’s football you can’t suspend people a playoff game for stepping on an ankle. Blows to the head yes, but ankles?? Get outta here.

  25. joetoronto said:
    Get this, they just pointed out on the NFL Network that 32 games had passed since Suh was last suspended and if he had played 1 less game, he would have been a repeat offender and received a much stiffer sentence.

    He just happened to play the exact minimum number needed to avoid a stiffer sentence.

    Makes you wonder.
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    Excellent point I wasn’t aware of. But I have a feeling Suh was aware of it!

  26. Who pays off these refs to make sure GB can’t lose at home. Can’t even count how many penalties they overlooked in that game from illegal block in the back on that punt return, to taking away a 2 pt conversion to protect that GB one score lead, to giving the princess a TD while he’s sitting on the 2 yard line. It goes on and on. The NFL is a joke these days

  27. papacrick says:
    Dec 30, 2014 6:47 PM
    Who pays off these refs to make sure GB can’t lose at home. Can’t even count how many penalties they overlooked in that game from illegal block in the back on that punt return, to taking away a 2 pt conversion to protect that GB one score lead, to giving the princess a TD while he’s sitting on the 2 yard line. It goes on and on. The NFL is a joke these days

    And while you’re at it, tell us about the alien Sasquatches that kidnapped Elvis from Roswell…and how the lizard people have taken over the Trilateral Commission…

  28. Un-named sources said that Reed was under the impression that Suh didn’t have a leg to stand on.

  29. What Suh did wasn’t nice but please spare me the self righteous opinions of former players. Why is it OK to bash Suh’s supposed intent but players have no problem with trying to break fingers or a subtle shot to the nads or eye gouge during a scrum for a fumble?

  30. lionhunter909 says:
    Dec 30, 2014 6:22 PM
    Reed is an idiot and a hypocrite. Tell me how stepping on golden boy Aaron Rodger’s leg is comparable to a helmet to helmet hit which causes a concussion.

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    Ask 100 NFL players if they would rather have a head injury or a leg injury. Concussion equals a week or two. Legs end careers.

    The numbers wouldn’t even be close.

  31. weaselpuppy says:
    Dec 30, 2014 6:03 PM
    Goldilocks tearing Kaps head off out of bounds without a flag or even a fine says hypocrite
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    Matthews? He was flagged and fined. Do you just make stuff up?

  32. I have been stepped on before. Hurts for 5 seconds.
    I would take that over a concussion any day.

  33. What is the point of the commish when he suspends someone and a second party gets to over rule him. Sounds like he got snookered on that last player contract and is eating it big time

  34. Teedee1969

    Football is a violent sport. If you don’t want your kids watching it the. Don’t watch it. Funny the same is much less violent and much safer then in 1969 but who’s paying attention to history right. Now your also the parent and need to teach your child right from wrong. You see this and you tell your kids that’s garbage play. You use it as a teaching moment rather then let the NFL be the parent of your children. Hell that’s just a sad reality that you look to the NFL to raise your kids

  35. What a joke. This guy has a history of cheap shots and dirty plays. He is NOT a professional, he should be thrown out of the NFL and never be allowed to play again.

  36. 4sacroc says:
    Dec 30, 2014 6:40 PM
    How many playoff games has Detroit won WITH Suh?

    Yeah, that’s what I thought.

    His last game as a Lion is Sunday in Dallas.

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    Yeah, I bet you hope he joins your team

  37. I’m a Lions fan who thinks he should have been suspended. The first time he was pushed back and stepped on Rodgers that was an accident, after realizing he stepped on something, he continued to step backwards until he stepped on him again and raises his leg to put all his weight on it. stuff like this hurts him and the team, and this is why at times when he makes legal plays he gets penalized, like pushing Cutler from behind when he was runner. he wants to be paid like one of the games top defensive players that’s fine, but none of them at any position do the silly things that Ndamukong Suh will do the mean streak he plays with is great he needs to stop being involved with stuff like this.

  38. To: willycents

    I hate it too. But at some point you need to defend yourself (or here, your QB).

    Suh is a violent and dangerous repeat offender. The fine has a zero impact on his financial well-being. So the only way to deter his dangerous actions, would be to either punish him with a suspension, which the league has repeatedly been unwilling and unable to do, or to scare him into fearing retaliation.

    To continually allow him to play outside the rules while the QB’s paid protectors impotently stand by and watch, only invites Suh’s bullying to continue. Maybe you are the type of person to turn the other cheek when an attacker repayment endangers your own, but I think that is dangerous.

  39. Have to love the NFL…

    Sure, they can’t prove intent so they nuke the suspension. Yet, they can prove it’s worth 70k in their pockets. Man, I need a gig like that.

  40. I am going to laugh the day when Suh cheap shots another qb and the offensive linemen cut him down and blow one of his knees out. Maybe it’ll be this weekend seeing as Suh thinks he can get away with acting like he does and have nothing happen to him, seeing as he thinks he was in the right this time.

    What is more disturbing than Suh’s behavior is fans reactions to it. Some fans think it is fine that players cheap shot other players, rape women, beat women, viciously beat 4 year olds and whatever else. It is like fans are more concerned about their fantasy league standings than being decent human beings.

  41. People hate on Suh cause he’s not on their team. This wasn’t very bad and only looks intentional in super slow mo. Get off the band wagon you morons. He was probably just more interested in watching the end of the play and couldn’t feel Rodgers brittle girl bones crushing beneath him.

  42. If, not when but if, Suh ever ends a players career by intentionally hitting him after the whistle, will the NFL regret not getting rid of him earlier?
    Aren’t these guys concerned about player safety and trying to prevent players from getting more hurt than they already get?
    I guess not.

  43. Agree. One for unsportsmanlike behavior and the other for flat out stupidity.

    Cotrell likely reduced it because he was pressured to do to the national audience watching the Lions and Cowboys.

    Hell, maybe he wanted to take a shot at the Cowboys for letting his mentor Wade Phillips go prematurely compared to Jason Garrett.

  44. This isn’t about Ed Reed, it’s about Suh, Reed’s just expressing his opinion and he’s right. Suh’s the dirtest player in the NFL and he should have had his suspenion up held. Anyway I don’t think it will matter. I don’t see the Lions beating the Cowboys…..with or without Suh!

  45. Ndamukong Suh signed a 5 year / $64.50 million contract with the Detroit Lions, including $23,250,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $12,900,400.

    He has paid less than $500k in fines (including missed game checks) for all his infractions.

    Fines mean nothing – his base weekly check this season would have covered every fine he’s paid…even after taxes.

  46. The whole protecting players bologna spewed by the NFL is nothing more than a CYA move. They saw the legal ramifications by not implementing these rules, they can now be free to not get into major trouble down the road.

    The NFL actually got off easy this last case about concussions. They paid a ton of money to be able to say they are not responsible for the players injuries. No, they dont care about the players. They care about the bottom dollar.

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