Dean Blandino confirms Suggs hit on Bradford is not a foul

AP

The Eagles were unhappy with Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs on Saturday for his hit to the knees of Sam Bradford. But the NFL says Suggs did nothing wrong.

NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino appeared on NFL Network this morning and said of Suggs’s hit, “It’s not a foul.”

The referee called roughing the passer on the play, but Blandino said the ref was mistaken and that he plans to communicate with all of the league’s officials this week to make sure they understand that quarterbacks are to be treated as runners unless they are clearly in a passing posture or clearly don’t have the ball.

“If the quarterback has an option, he’s considered a runner until he either clearly doesn’t have the football or he re-establishes himself as a passer,” Blandino said. “So it’s not a foul by rule. It’s something that we’ll make sure that we cover with our game officials because the defensive end coming off the edge, he doesn’t know if the quarterback is going to keep it, he doesn’t know if he’s going to take off and run or drop back and so we treat the quarterback in that instance as a runner until he clearly re-establishes as a passer or until he clearly doesn’t have the football.”

Blandino’s comments are vindication for Suggs, who said after the game that he had done nothing wrong. The Eagles may think Suggs is a dirty player, but the hit was a legal play.

125 responses to “Dean Blandino confirms Suggs hit on Bradford is not a foul

  1. Of course it wasn’t, just cry baby 6-10 eagle fans making a story out of nothing, getting ready to open the excuse book like they always do because that dust filled trophy case remain dust filled for the next 60 years.

  2. LOL @ Eagles Fans crying about this play! I’d be crying too if my starting QB was Mr. Glass and my team had never won a Lombardy!

    Chip can make them fast, but he makes them soft too.

  3. He clearly didn’t have the ball.
    Suggs was making good on a week’s worth of trash talk about what he was going to do when the red jersey was off Bradford’s back.
    Bottom line, technically not a foul…but diving at another guys knees when you know the ball is long gone is a low class punk move.

  4. It’s only a foul if it was committed on Tom Brady. You know damn we you can’t go at a QB’s knees and that’s exactly what Suggs did. He could have hit him right in the gut or chest but chose to go low. Brandino is a joke.

  5. Funny how all the commenters in the other thread were certain that this was a penalty and even quoting previous things Blandino had said.

    If they want to run the read option with Bradford, that’s on them. You can’t penalize the defender for attacking someone who, by the nature of the play, is pretending to be a runner with the ball.

  6. Stop crying Eagles Fans, you should be more concerned about 10/28/15. It marks 20,000 days since your team has won a Championship.

  7. “…or clearly don’t have the ball.”

    Bradford “clearly didn’t have the ball” long before Suggs made his decision to ignore Sproles and take a shot at Bradford’s knees.

    The idea that Suggs’ hit was legal is total BS.

  8. Read-option active. We know daggone well that Sam Bradford (“The $50M ‘Guaranteed’ Man”) sho nuff ain’t gon’ run nowuh, so he got banged. Okay, maybe Suggs went a little too low lol

  9. Refs will call it no matter what Blandino says just to cover their butts. Going for a QB’S knees no matter if he’s standing on his head will get a roughing call. …

  10. The NFL says that it wasn’t a fowl?
    The NFL also said that those Patriots fooled with their footballs.
    Now the NFL is 0 and 2.
    Do you really believe what “stuff” comes outta the NFL offices.

    If your QB was hit like that, in a preseason game no less, you would be crying a river.

  11. If the NFL cared about injuries and quality of play they would make the referees full time employees, the same as every other professional sport.

    It is head scratching that this league is still rubbing nickels together on the key component for fair play and competition (for related subject matter read: end zone cameras). I suspect the real fear is that permanently employed referees will organize and gain a measure of control over their lives.

    The message from NFL owners to fans is this: We are making tons of money and we don’t care about the players, the game, or you.

  12. May not have been illegal, but any fool could see that it’s dirty. A veteran like Suggs should realize it’s bad karma to go after a guy’s knee like that, but he’s never been considered very bright.Enjoy that huge target on your back from now on, sizzle. First wrong look he gives a team’s qb, and some tackle is going to bend his leg in half the other way.

  13. Not a fan of the. Eagles, but i love how much criticism Kelly gets for winning ten games a year and scoring more points with Fing Mark Sanchez than the Patriots scored with Tom Brady last year.

  14. “You know damn we you can’t go at a QB’s knees and that’s exactly what Suggs did. ”

    Well that proves the case at that time he wasn’t a QB he was considered a RB and that’s the difference!

  15. I don’t care what Blandino says. I believe what I saw and Suggs is a cheap shot artist. I hope someone cheap shots him and ends his season, possibly his career. Maybe then he’ll get a new perspective on hits like what he tried to do to Bradford.

  16. I live in Philly, not an Eagle fan, and after 2 meaningless preseason games I am getting the annual SB predictions from their fans. If someone pats Bradford on the shoulder pads they will demand a flag, Murray should be allowed to sprint to the endzone “untouched” whenever he gets the ball also, and now their defense is to be “great”. Yeah, just the cost of living in Philly.

  17. Funny, people keep calling it a hit. He wrapped him up.

    This whole conversation is off base and ridiculous. And funny too. lol

  18. Eagle fans will act like this all year & every time Sam “the glassman” Bradford is hit in 2015. Just as Philly fans cried Mike Vick didn’t get any calls. Apparently 20K days with zero championships makes your fan base the the NFL’s most bitter & the biggest whiners.

  19. Maybe this will help clarify things for eagleslakers, who actually (erroneously) quoted Blandino to “prove” his point that it was a penalty, when clearly, according to Blandino himself, it was not.

    (And please note…when the QB is considered a running back, leg tackles are 100% legal and NOT “dirty”. OK? You can’t have it both ways. You can’t have the benefit of the zone read deception then whine when it blows up in your face.)

  20. Suggs head down took a bee line to the QB, made no attempt to locate the ball and hit Bradford low. After Bradford handed the ball of he stepped back, made no attempt to run or carry out a run fake. To me that play is more similar to a play action fake then zone read. I don’t understand the think of Blandino but with some calls that have gone on in this league who does?

  21. Suggs head down took a bee line to the QB, made no attempt to locate the ball and hit Bradford low. After Bradford handed the ball of he stepped back, made no attempt to run or carry out a run fake. To me that play is more similar to a play action fake then zone read. I don’t understand the think of Blandino but with some calls that have gone on in this league who does?

  22. I dont recall this much boob-haw when RG3 was taking these shots, left and right, when he first came into the league.
    Hands up, Don’t tackle me – no football here.

  23. That’s funny because Blandino previously said this about it:

    “But if the quarterback has clearly handed off the football, and he’s standing still, or fading backwards, he cannot be unnecessarily contacted, and that doesn’t matter if it’s a read-option quarterback or a classic drop-back quarterback. If they’re standing still or fading backward after the ball has left their hand, they cannot be unnecessarily contacted.”

    And that was Bradford was doing, standing still (then bracing himself for Suggs) after he clearly handed the ball off, and even further, this play looked more like a simple run out of shotgun to begin with.

    Either way, you are a scumbag if you go after someone’s knee like that, especially in a meaningless preseason game.

  24. “Bandino confirms”…..he did not confirm with the refs on the field. The refs called it a penalty. No confirmation there. They just continue to call the game wrong with zero ramifications. Everything should be review-able during a game just because of the constant inconsistency’s of todays NFL refs.

  25. It wasn’t necessarily the play itself, it was the malicious nature that Suggs seemed to employ with the hit. Obviously Bradford has had knee problems since almost day 1 of his career, and it seemed like a symbolic “screw you” gesture by Suggs to go after his knees as aggressively as he did. I will say that I am a Steelers fan, I don’t like Suggs personally but I do respect his honesty and old-school style of playing the game.

  26. Turns out Suggs was right to ask the ref if he knew the rule. Clealry, Suggs knew it better than he did.

    And for everyone whining about the hit, it’s the team’s decision to put the QB in harms way. If you want to run the read option, or just use it as a decoy, be prepared to have your QB treated as any other player. Being upset with the Ravens, Suggs, or the NFL is silly. Ask your brilliant head coach why he would fake a read option with his glass QB in a preseason game. If you are upset, start there.

  27. Fine. Ill argue with the HFL Head official then…

    You people saying that eagles fans are crying are idiots.

    HITTING A QB IN THE KNEES IS ILLEGAL

    So instead of roughing the passer, its roughness. PERIOD

  28. Eagle fans should be pissed at their coach for calling those plays with a fragile QB. Or they should be mad at the TE who forgot to block.

  29. o0omorriso0o says:
    Aug 24, 2015 10:08 AM

    Fine. Ill argue with the HFL Head official then…

    You people saying that eagles fans are crying are idiots.

    HITTING A QB IN THE KNEES IS ILLEGAL

    So instead of roughing the passer, its roughness. PERIOD

    —————————————-

    “HITTING A QB IN THE KNEES IS ILLEGAL”

    You’re dead wrong about this. It’s only illegal if he’s established himself in a passing position, which he hadn’t. When he is considered a runner you can hit him anywhere you want, same with any other runner. And unless you’re clearly a passer, you’re a runner. Pretty black & white.

  30. It’s interesting to see the NFL is now advocating for players to try to end each others careers. Kinda makes their whole Saints punishment look really hypocritical.

  31. I watched the play over and over again. Although, I guess it wasn’t illegal according to Blandino….. If you watch the play, you will see that Suggs was looking right at Bradford after the handoff, and could clearly see that Bradford didn’t have the ball because Bradford was facing Suggs with his hands in plain view, because Bradford was bracing for the hit. Now, I don’t have a problem with Suggs hitting Bradford after the handoff….. What the problem is, after clearly seeing Bradford didn’t have the ball, Suggs lowered his head and dove right down at his knees.

  32. Maybe some of you need to invest in NFL Game Pass, and go back and look at the play again in real time. There was less than 1 second from the time Bradford handed off the ball to the time Suggs tackled him. He wasn’t standing there like a statue. He didn’t back away from the play.

    Also, at the last second, he did a twist/juke move to try to avoid the hit; it wasn’t that Suggs “twisted him to the ground”.

    (Funny how people see what they want to see, isn’t it?)

  33. I love how people support Blandino’s positions depending on which team they root for. Lots of Eagles fans decrying this, but in full support of the Bryant ‘non catch’ play.

    I know, he was right on that one but wrong on this one. I get it. I understand. It’s as clear as the green lensed glasses you look through.

    It wasn’t a catch by rule, and the other shouldn’t be a foul by rule.

    Bradford is fine and Suggs is Suggs. Move on.

  34. No one is disputing the rule — a QB in the read option is putting himself at additional risk. Blandino has the facts wrong. To state, as Suggs did after the game, that he “eased up” on Bradford, is to (i) confess ignorance of the rule (you don’t get a “free shot” — indeed to have to lay off if you see that the QB isn’t in the play any longer), and (ii) admit that he knew that Bradford didn’t have the ball and wasn’t in the play any longer.

  35. I think someone needs to teach dean boy what the difference between “read-option” and zone read is. That was a hand off the whole way with the qb not making any move to run. The NFLs office is in a sad state when they don’t even understand their own product. My favorite part is all the Cowboys fans ” see, Blandino said it’s not a foul, so it’s not” yet I remember last year when that dope said it wasn’t a catch not many Dallas fans seemed to think he knew what he was doing then.

    The guy went after another players leg plain and simple. The Ravens are an undisplined mess on the field will be lucky to win 8 games this year.

  36. Hitting a qb in knees is illegal, UNLESS HE IS A RUNNER! QB’s lose special protection on read option plays. Had this been a hit on RG3 there would have been no flag,no controversy just more talk about how “bob” won’t last long in this league. Terrel Davis said it best to Howard Eskin ” if your worried about him taking hits like that in preseason don’t run the read option. If players were saying they knew Suggs was out to get him then don’t run the read option”

  37. “…You can’t penalize the defender for attacking someone who, by the nature of the play, is pretending to be a runner with the ball…”
    _____________________

    Correct, that in itself is not penalizable, but the WAY he attacked the target is something else.

    As others have noted, Suggs could’ve easily have hit his target square on. That he did not and instead went low, makes Suggs’ intentions questionable.

    So technically Suggs’ tackle was not illegal, but in the context of the whole play it was very dirty.

  38. riflemanlax says:
    Aug 24, 2015 9:36 AM

    Foul or not, hitting anyone at the knees is not cool.
    ________________________________

    It might not be cool, but it is what the NFL has brought on itself. Defenders MUST go low. If they so much as touch the helmet, facemask or neck of a QB is a 15 yard roughing the passer. So in order to avoid any bs roughing call, they just go low, low and lower. And I’ve played the game. You cannot aim your hit specifically when you are going full speed. You can generally tackle low, or high, but at full speed you cannot simply decide to hit your man from the thighs to the sternum, and that’s it.

  39. Look, if you all want to decide what Suggs’ intentions were, that’s fine. You’ve made up your mind. But watch the play. It is designed to not block Suggs. The style of fake is designed to show that the QB may hand it off and may keep it. That combination is asking for trouble. Why call it? To show how great your system is during a pre-season game? Well, way to go. But run that play again and expect your QB to get hit again.

    Eagles fans – you live with Chip and you die with Chip. He’s made it clear that he feels like he can plug anyone into his system, which is why he doesnt mind putting Bradford at risk. If you are upset at this play, look at the play call, the design of the play and the man who designed it and called it. You love this guy when he sends primadonnas packing. So do I. But if I were an Eagles fan, I would want him to protect my QB a bit better in August. I doubt you’ll see Aaron Rodgers faking any read options this week with an all pro OLB going intentionally unblocked.

  40. You people make me sick!!! That was not a dirty play. If you run the zone read in your offense, then be prepared for your QB to get hit. Doesn’t matter if it’s RG3 or freaking Sam Bradford.

  41. watch the tape and you can see sam glassford was not in a running position. in fact it looked more like a handoff and he was stepping back. dirty suggs but again it was not an ILLEGAL hit

  42. Of course, because we can’t have another Ravens scandal right now. That’s what it’s about. We have an abuser of women, an accused sexual harasser, and the star–Mr. White Suit himself. Foul or not, it was dirty and intentional, and clearly was made by a dirty player.

  43. It may have not been a penalty, but it was a pre season game and Suggs was intentionally going for the knees of a player who he knows is recovering from ACL injuries. There is a difference between aggressive and stupid. I think everyone knows what Suggs is. This is a guy who threw bleach on his fiance and kid while threatening to kill them.

  44. beyond that particular play, the suggs hit, what is interesting is (1) eagles fans, based on results vs indy and balt, think they are loaded, but (2) balt based on post gm comments didn’t even appear to game plan for chip Kelly’s offense in a pre-season gm, saying it wasn’t worth the time.

    I so confused…

  45. If you have a QB with surgically repaired knees, then what the hell are you doing having him run the read-option?? Stupid decision by the Eagles!!

  46. It was legal. Cheap to go for the legs, but he is a runner still. Blame the coach for that call.

    The best part for me was Suggs talking about the Eagles needing to learn the rules after the game. Apparently, Suggs doesn’t remember the ref pointing out the ineligible recover to him during the Divisional playoff game against the Pats and him covering him anyway.

  47. legal or not it was a cheap shot. it was clear bradford did not have the ball but suggs could not see because he was to busy trying to take out his knees. he hits like a real football player and nobody says a word. his teammates did that to Bradford and nothing was said because they did not go for his knees. this guy knew what he was doing and was trying to end his season and career. Karma is a bitch terrel and I can’t wait till it bites you in the ass. do not come crying when you get a chop block or somebody takes out Flacco’s knees.

  48. Suggs got to him within a step of handing the ball off. If Bradford doesn’t try to side step then he gets hit in the hip.

    This is still the NFL, right? Players are going to get hit, especially those with the ball (like the QB most of the time).

    If the Eagles don’t want Bradford getting hit, don’t call the option play.

  49. First, let me say that QBs drive this league. If the NFL can’t formulate clear rules to protect a QBs head and knees, then they aren’t doing their job properly.

    Any team that loses it’s starting QB is pretty much screwed. Fair competition demands two competent
    QBs on the field for their competing teams to realistically have a chance to win.
    These guys are in short supply.

    Second, even if by rule it was a borderline legal hit, as others have said, it was plain malicious and easily avoidable. There’s no reason for Suggs to aim low to the knees, unless there was clear intent to injure. What kind of statement was Suggs trying to
    make? or was he just trying to get on the highlight
    films?

    Suggs is a vet and should know better. You don’t go after a QBs knees in a meaningless game, ever.

  50. Can someone clarify what criteria meets “clearly doesn’t have the football”? Then further tell me how a defender can possibly determine the footballs location when he admits his head was down? Is it on the read option QB to start yelling “I don’t have it anymore” to inattentive defenders?

  51. Maybe Blandino needs to make it clear what constitutes a read-option play. Where was the option here. Bradford handed the ball off while looking at Suggs coming. He never made any fake or move to indicate that he would keep the ball. If simply looking at the edge rusher makes a qb fair game to hit at the knees, the rule needs to be re-evaluated.

  52. No way…Ravens are penalized when they shouldn’t have been? It can’t be!!

    This is the opposite of the Patriots illegal substitution in AFC Championship. They should have been flagged, but instead the Ravens are penalized for complaining about it.

  53. I don’t care what the rule said it was clear to anyone w a brain that Sluggs hit was predetermined all week because he knew “it would be within the rules”. He had to take 3 steps after the ball was handed off to hit Bradford. If a Patriot does that easily a 50k fine. He was just trying to make a point because he’s the dirtiest player in the league and has been for years. Then he cries when he loses. Guy has literally never been beaten fair in a game before. Just ask him.

    And where were the O-lineman after the play? If that was Brady, Gronk and Solder would have double round housed the guy in his face.

  54. I love all these kinds of comments: “Well, maybe it was TECHNICALLY not an illegal hit but it was a DIRTY play because Suggs INTENDED to hurt the QB.

    LOL. You can’t even see what’s right there in front of your faces on the replay, and understand what the head of officiating is saying. You CERTAINLY can’t read another player’s INTENT.

  55. Suggs postured all during midweek practices with the Eagles, taunting Bradford leading up to Saturday’s game. Suggs clearly knew Bradford didn’t have the ball, which explains his comment that he let up on the hit and could have hit him much harder. Had Suggs thought Bradford still possessed the ball, he would have really hit him. As it was, he held up while still sending a message. It may have been legal but, being preseason, it was a hit to a QB’s knee that was totally unnecessary. You be the judge as to whether you think it was “dirty”.

  56. And lastly…

    make no mistake about it. IF it had been Suggs’ intent to hurt Bradford, then Bradford would have left the field on a cart.

    You want to know why this happened? Ask your head coach, OC, and/or O-line.

  57. We need an exemption against tackling Sam under all circumstances. Certainly, as stated here many times, less intense tackling should be the rule in preseason and should be enforced until the “Glass man two hand touch” exemption can be enacted.

  58. As an Eagles fan, I’m just glad Bradford wasn’t hurt. Need to talk with O-Line on how that happened! The play in my view was not malicious. It looked worse because it was Bradford and he awkwardly turned away.

    PROTECT YOURSELF AT ALL TIMES!!

  59. @logicalvoicepft

    I like how you ranked the division in what even you know to be the exact opposite order. It shows how confident you truly are in the Redskins.

  60. The rules are clear and he never should have been flagged. I watched the game the refs were awful. This whole situation is being blown out of proportion but people love to hate Suggs and the Ravens. If it had been a Steeler or Patriot no big deal.

  61. Is anyone REALLY surprised at Eagles’ fans responses? They are ranked 31/32 when it comes to THE WORST FANS in the NFL.

    “Seeing how the old Veterans Stadium used to have a jail cell in its quarters, the top two (worst teams; Browns were first) were a no brainer. Eagles’ fans, all sports fans in the city of Philadelphia for that matter, have a history of being rowdy and out right mean. This is the fan base that booed their drafting of their franchise quarterback in 1999, booed and threw snowballs at Santa Claus in 1968, and anything other than a Super Bowl victory, which they have never had, is cause for uproar. I don’t even want to hear what Philly fans are saying about their team this year.”

  62. What’s the deal between the Ravens & the NFL? I’m generally aware that it’s more probable that not the birds get away with, we’ll you know.

    Meanwhile 1 million, 1 round picks, suspensions for pats.

    HMMM,

    Ray Lewis, Suggs, Hardy et al we treat one way

    Kraft, Brady, BB we treat another way.

    I wonder if there’s a pattern here?

    Imagine if Mort caught wind that Brady was tutoring rookies?

  63. It’s basic assignment football. When running an option the QB is just another runner…an RB. So if you want to run the read option have at it just know that all parties involved in the deception of the play (ball handling) are subject to destruction.

  64. lambeauheap says: Aug 24, 2015 11:21 AM

    How is this zone read play any different than play action pass where the QB is still protected as a QB. Bradford was never running that ball

    ———————————————-

    The difference is that the rule states that once the quarterback re-establishes himself in a passing posture, as you would do on a play action, then the QB protections return. In the case of the read option, the quarterback does not re-establish himself as a passer, so the QB protections do not exist.

  65. Saying Suggs is a dirty low-class player is like saying the Patriots cheat. It’s true and everyone knows it, so why bring it up again?

  66. Do not run the read option if you have had 2 knee operations. If you are a QB be a QB – if you want to be a QB/running back ( and I am not talking about a scrambling QB) then expect to get hit. I hate this tuck it in and pull it out high school/college quarterback play and think that the NFL has it right. If you play that way you are fair game and the D gets the right to take you down any legal way they can.

  67. Ol Mealy Mouth Blandino. In his own words , by his own description it’s a foul. Now it isn’t. Get this clown out of the NFL.

  68. Blandino said: “So it’s not a foul by rule. ….because the defensive end coming off the edge, he doesn’t know if the quarterback is going to keep it, he doesn’t know if he’s going to take off and run or drop back and so we treat the quarterback in that instance as a runner until he clearly re-establishes as a passer or until he clearly doesn’t have the football.”

    Hitting the QB on an option play is not a foul by rule (i.e. automatically). Whether it is a foul, or not, is a judgment call, depending on whether the official believes that the QB either:
    (1) “clearly re-establishes as a passer” (not the case here) or
    (2) “clearly doesn’t have the football.”

    In the moment, the official apparently saw #2 – that Bradford clearly did not have the ball, and Suggs hit him anyway. Hence he called a foul.

    So even considering what Blandino said afterwards, it does NOT necessarily exonerate Suggs. Now the official did screw up by calling the foul roughing the passer, when it was properly unnecessary roughness. But a judgment call it remains.

    On looking at the replay, I agree with the official. It looks like Suggs sees that Bradford does not have the ball, but hits him anyway. That would be a foul, regardless of where the QB is hit, or what the hitter’s intent may be.

    OTOH on many or even most judgment calls, reasonable people can differ. So I’ll give Ravens fans and others (if any) defending Suggs the benefit of the doubt on that basis.

    Still, if you look at the replay, it is clear that Suggs launches himself at Bradford’s knees. Suggs knew about Bradford’s knee problems, as he admitted afterwards. Legal or not, Suggs made a dirty play, knowing as he did the potential to seriously hurt Bradford with the hit.

    None of us are inside Suggs’ head, so none of us can 100% know for sure what he was thinking/intending in that moment. That is always the case with any other human being.

    Nonetheless, people can and do make judgments and form opinions every day about others’ intent, based on surrounding facts and circumstances.

    Here we have a QB coming off 2 knee surgeries playing in his first series in a year, who is hit hard in the knees after he gives up the ball, in a pre-season game, by a LB with a reputation for rough and dirty play. Most fans would say that the LB intended to hurt the QB where he is most vulnerable and when the QB was out of the play – it’s a judgment call, true, but it has all the indicia of a dirty play.

    Some have made the point that the Eagles shouldn’t be running that kind of high-risk play with a QB recovering from serious injury. Point well taken.

    Still, that doesn’t excuse Suggs from making a deliberate decision to try to hurt Bradford when his part in the play was over; if that’s what it was, it was a dirty play, regardless of how smart or stupid the play call was.

    And that’s all I have to say about it, LOL.

    Full disclosure – I am an Eagles fan and a recovering lawyer. I’m also glad that Bradford didn’t get hurt on the play, or it would be more than just an academic discussion.

    BTW I know a lot of good football fans who cheer for the Ravens. Good luck to them this year. Pax and out.

  69. Troymvp43 made a great point. All challenges should be reveiwed by the league office in game just like in baseball.. some team is going to lose a game on a bad call and the leagues head of officiating will later agree it was a bad call but the disgrace will stay in place. The NFL can do better than that.. have official league rulings made in game.

  70. How has Suggs ever been a “dirty low-class player”. I’d like to hear some examples as a few years ago he was defensive player of the year and has never had a rep for anything but a tough football player, and a talker.

    As far as those saying never go low I’ll say what’s the alternative? Go high and get a flag. Its tough to hit a moving target so defensive players are now going low to avoid the BS high hit penalty. Expect more knee, leg, ankle injuries in the future due to the asinine NFL rule book.

  71. I loved the call. If you’re going to blow a call, protecting a franchise QB in the pre-season is the right time to do it. If the Ravens think it’s cool to go after a QBs knees, they’re crazy. A close call for Eagles.

  72. So it’s not ok to go low on a qb acting as a runner but it is ok to hit the rb low? You wouldn’t give it a moments notice if that was Murray…

  73. Eagles fans, I’m a redskins fan and I sympathize. Griffin takes cheap shots like this on a game by game basis and no calls ever go to him. People will call him soft but they love to see him get hit, legally or illegally. Hope your qb can stay healthy, and hope ya realize how horrible it is when other players try to intentionally ruin a guys career.

  74. Once again the clown car (or Cowboys party bus, in Blandino’s case) that is the NFL league office gets it wrong. Is Suggs allowed to hit the QB on that play? Yes. Is he allowed to dive straight at the QB’s knee? No – not since the rule change after Pollard knocked Brady out for the season in 2008.

  75. To: sbaltimore

    I would rather be an Eagles fan with no SB titles than a ravens fan who cheered their RB who was just caught punching his then gf in the face and dragging her around by the hair.

  76. this is a riot, Blandino, the biggest dope in the NFL, and that’s saying a lot.

    cant’t figure out that the following:

    “…the defensive end coming off the edge, he doesn’t know if the quarterback is going to keep it, he doesn’t know if he’s going to take off and run or drop back and so we treat the quarterback in that instance as a runner until he clearly re-establishes as a passer or until he clearly doesn’t have the football.”

    was not what had transpired. Suggs can be dirty and Baltimore fans are without a doubt the whiniest.

    Oh..if the Patriots did it, please, you guys literally get away with murder.

  77. If you take the time to watch the play frame by frame, Suggs has his arms wrapped around Bradford within 1/2 of a second of the hand off. It doesn’t help that he’s beginning to move basically into Suggs as soon as he hands the ball off.

  78. by the way, if Eagles fans want to see a classic Suggs moment, watch last years AFCCG when Edelman throws the TD to Amendola, the look on Suggs’ face is classic.

    you’ll feel better.

  79. i hate suggs, but i hate blandino more. so underqualified for his position its ridiculous. Corruption in the nfl at its finest. BLANDINO=ZERO CREDIBILITY WHAT-SO-EVER

  80. Read option is the ruination of football. You don’t have to be good to run it. It takes all of skill out of the game. It’s just a bunch of bubble screens, illegal pick plays and simple blocking schemes that require no skill . NFL is in big trouble due to this unwatchable crap that is being put out there. Ryan Tannehill is tearing it up with this non-sense. ’nuff said.

  81. This is one of the Brady rules and he only gets the call. Watched a few Qb’s get hit below the knees last year and no calls. Brady had someone fall near his knee and got a call.

  82. Whether it was legal or not is really not the issue…Suggs went after Bradford’s surgically-repaired knees in a preseason game. Suggs is a dirty player – end of discussion.

  83. Not a fan of either team, but glad the rule is written this way.

    To Eagles fans – you team made a bad choice in having Joe Glass run their read option offense. I’d be surprised if he is still standing by the end of the preseason let alone making it through an entire NFL season

  84. Should we change the eagles name to the Philly crybabies? Good god this is going to be a long season

  85. I taped the replay and watched it a few times. Suggs went after Bradford all the way. He ignored the RB (who had the ball) and launched himself at the qb. There may have been no penalty, but there was intent.

  86. celticsforever says:
    Aug 24, 2015 10:28 AM

    It might not be cool, but it is what the NFL has brought on itself. Defenders MUST go low. If they so much as touch the helmet, facemask or neck of a QB is a 15 yard roughing the passer. So in order to avoid any bs roughing call, they just go low, low and lower. And I’ve played the game. You cannot aim your hit specifically when you are going full speed. You can generally tackle low, or high, but at full speed you cannot simply decide to hit your man from the thighs to the sternum, and that’s it.
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    You are 100% wrong. You are forgetting about the area between the knees and the head. THAT’S A LOT OF SPACE!!!
    You also never played the game if you can’t aim your hits at full speed. I could, every play, every tackle I made was aimed where I wanted (Unless I’m being blocked/held). Clearly you have either never played, or you just weren’t good. Sorry.

    Suggs had a choice. Tackle the QB (Eligible as runner) at the a) Mid-Section, b) Knees.

    He’s been dirty his whole career, why stop now?!

  87. It’s not Suggs’s fault Bradford is the walking wounded. Suggs was probably just trying to make the play.

  88. Quarterback with “glassknees” running the read option…real smart, but what do you expect from Philly.
    I saw the “hit” although it was more of a wrap up. Love him or hate him Suggs pulled up, they won’t be that generous in the regular season.

  89. Yeah, Blandino is clearly wrong here.

    First, it’s a foul by the own standard he lists. Bradford clearly didn’t have ball and was “standing still or moving away”. That’s subjective though, so let’s not worry about that.

    There’s the secondary issue of the hit against Bradford’s knees. Rule 12, Sec 2, Art 9, Part e covers Roughing the Passer and states that the “passer” cannot be forcily hit in the knee area even if the initial contact is above the knees. I’m sure many will think/say: That’s for “Roughing the Passer”! The beginning of the article states that QB must be in “passing posture”!

    Well, guess, what’s right below that in Part F. The whole “standing still/moving away” standard listed as applying to the “passer”. That’s the only place in the NFL rule book where the “standing still/moving away” language exists. The NFL rules do not specifically cover the read-option.

    So, if the NFL is going to ignore the “passing posture” and “posture” language in their own rules and say that the “standing still/moving away” standard applies then the prohibition against hitting QBs in the knees has to apply also. They can’t just cherry-pick certain rules willy nilly because the competition committee has failed to adequately address the issue. They have to be consistent.

  90. Don’t blame Suggs, blame the NFL for making rules that you can’t hit player remotely close to the head. Blame the NFLPA for lawsuits against the NFL for head trauma causing the NFL to make these rules. Ask any player, if they have a choice of going high or low for a tackle, they’re going low, because they risk a 15 yard penalty and a hefty fine for going high.

  91. If you see Bradford running the read option, wouldn’t you just go full speed at the RB and not even look at Bradford. He is never going to keep it and if he does that’s just stupid. Chip needs to get away from the read option with fragile freddy at the QB.

  92. I don’t buy the whole Suggs didn’t have time to see that Bradford didn’t have the ball anymore argument. I’m not arguing that it isn’t necessarily true. However, defenders get called for flags all the time when they are rushing the passer and the QB throws the ball at the last second. The league expects the defender to stop their momentum at the last second in those scenarios and while I wouldn’t say that is reasonable, the same standard should apply here. The priority is player safety.

  93. Suggs has played dirty his whole career, no surprise he would take a LEGAL cheap shot on a QB in the preseason. Bring back Ward and the blindside block… that will fix Suggs!

  94. phillyphan420 says:
    Aug 24, 2015 10:05 AM
    That’s funny because Blandino previously said this about it:

    “But if the quarterback has clearly handed off the football, and he’s standing still, or fading backwards, he cannot be unnecessarily contacted, and that doesn’t matter if it’s a read-option quarterback or a classic drop-back quarterback. If they’re standing still or fading backward after the ball has left their hand, they cannot be unnecessarily contacted.”

    And that was Bradford was doing, standing still (then bracing himself for Suggs) after he clearly handed the ball off, and even further, this play looked more like a simple run out of shotgun to begin with.
    ________________________________

    If it was a simple run from shotgun, why was Suggs (the play side end) not accounted for whatsoever? You mean to tell me the #1 run blocking offensive line in the league completely ignores the most important defender on that play?

  95. riggo08 says:
    Aug 24, 2015 11:37 AM
    The rules are clear and he never should have been flagged. I watched the game the refs were awful. This whole situation is being blown out of proportion but people love to hate Suggs and the Ravens. If it had been a Steeler or Patriot no big deal.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, James Harrison has never been flagged for an illegal hit… (-_-)

    I have no problem with that hit in this game if he is a foot higher. I have no problem with that hit in the regular season. The issue is this was an exhibition game. There’s no sense in risking a guy’s career in a game that doesn’t count.

    That said, the Eagles shouldn’t be running plays that let Suggs get a free run at Bradford. He mercs QBs for a living. You might be expecting him to pull up or even just run through with a normal tackle, but you can’t discount the possibility that he’ll go low.

  96. jimkempner says: Aug 24, 2015 12:41 PM

    I taped the replay and watched it a few times. Suggs went after Bradford all the way. He ignored the RB (who had the ball) and launched himself at the qb. There may have been no penalty, but there was intent.

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    You are correct that he wasn’t looking at the running back and went after Bradford all the way. Defense against the option is assignment football. Suggs assignment is the QB. His job is to go after the QB all the way. It is someone else’s assignment to watch the RB. That is the way you defense the option and always has been. It is not up to the defenders on an option play to make the read on the play. The entire idea of the option is that the QB holds the ball until the last second and that he makes a read depending on what the defender does. That is why the option isdifficult to defend and exactly why the defender has to be allowed to hit the QB.

  97. “Ya gotta love how fans of Hines Ward’s team are talking smack about dirty hits.”

    First of all Ward never took anyones knees out. 2nd A rule was put in place after Ward was ringing them up (A WR by the way) from blasting players. Up til then he was just doing his job. Lastly….Whenever Ward got blasted he got up smiling. If your team is having problems with a little ole receiver they are a bunch of “Sally’s”.

  98. I don’t root for either of these teams but as an overall football fan, I think it was a dirty hit. Suggs probably had it planned and was just waiting for the “perfect” read option play to take out Bradford’s knee. Legal or not, I’m sure Suggs boy had malicious intent to take him out again. His snarky comments about Bradford’s previous injuries afterwards was enough for me to totally lose respect for this guy.

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