Ndamukong Suh’s ugly hit on Jay Culter

On Monday night the Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions with a 13-7 win. During the game Lions’ Ndamukong Suh completed a horrific sack on Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler.

In the 2nd quarter with less than 5 minutes left the Lions were down 10-0 and the Bears had the ball. Suh busted through the Bears’ offensive line just to get close enough to grab Cutler’s sleeve. With a sleeve in hand Suh pulled Cutler closer so he could then put his other arm on Cutler’s shoulder and slam him to the ground. The sack looked dangerous and had the potential to hurt Cutler badly. The referees did not call a penalty and claimed the sack was clean. Suh, of course, also believed his tackle was clean. Suh said, “Simply a football play. I can’t control my momentum, especially at that high speed. I’m chasing him. He’s running away from me. My whole goal is just to get the quarterback down and make a play and get us off the field or move on to the next play.”

After a few moments Cutler got back up and ran off the field. Culter seemed to be fine and was only diagnosed with bruised ribs during halftime. That sack could have resulted in much more and Cutler was very lucky. Bears coach Lovie Smith said, “Most people thought Jay would get up. Unless it’s a broken leg or something like that, he’s going to get up. He is a tough guy. That’s what you should have as your Chicago Bear quarterback and he does it time after time. He was in some pain, but he fought through.”

When the game was over quarterback Jay Culter and coach Lovie Smith seemed to not have any problems with the sack. Coach Smith said, “No one’s trying to hurt anyone or anything like that. It was just a tough, hard-nosed game.” Teammate Brandon Marshall, on the other hand, did have a problem with the sack and felt it was wrong. Marshall said, “Last night the leg whip that Ndamukong Suh placed on our quarterback Jay Cutler, that was dirty. That was dirty. He can be one of the best D-tackles that ever done it, but he cannot do that that way. If you look at it, c’mon man, this is not wrestling. You don’t do that. That’s not clean.”

Today Sports Center confirmed the sack was legal by tweeting, “The NFL has determined that @ndamukong_suh’s violent sack of Jay Cutler was a legal hit, a source tells ESPN’s Ed Werder.” Also in Brandon Marshall calls out Suh for hit, an article on ESPNChicago.com says, “It was considered a worthwhile review and a close decision because Cutler is afforded the protections against roughing the passer, even outside the pocket, but Suh did not drive him into the ground so the hit was determined to be legal, the source said.”

While watching the sac my hands clenched. I though Cutler was hurt, maybe a broken collar-bone or something. I am so thankful that he only had bruising from a hit like that. I do not think that was a legal sack and if it is then the league should change the rules on sacks. I know there is a fine line in the game of football and rules have changed so much so it has changed the game of football, but I can’t help feeling that sack could have had an awful ending. Yes accidents happen in football and No I don’t think Suh was intentionally trying to hurt Cutler, but that sack was scary and Cutler is very lucky.

Resources:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-1023-bears-lions-chicago–20121023,0,4249262.story

http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/8540916/brandon-marshall-chicago-bears-calls-ndamukong-suh-detroit-lions-hit-jay-cutler

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