I'm not saying Suh has done enough to take the dirty tag off of him, but it's going to get to the point where anything he does people will try to make him look like a villain.
Suh's reputation is more media than anything else.
Show me a player who has committed personal foul penalties. Sure, the stomp was pretty crappy, but dirty? Dirty to me is doing something and trying to get away with it, something cheap.
OK Nick, you see that over there? That's what used to be of our playoff chances.
My name is Mark Sanchez. I am here to screw you over.
I'm not saying its the worst foul I've seen, but its a real cheap shot. I said at the time should have been three games and I would stick to that.
The issue isnt that he was at risk of causing Schaub a more severe injury than hurting him, but if the refs and the league let cheap shots like that go, players start handing out justice themselves, and then people can really get hurt.
To go to the OP
Everyone knows football is a tough game
I wouldnt criticise Suh (or any player) for a clean hard hit.
I would every time criticise someone who stands over someone mocking them and cavorting about like a buffoon every time they make a hit (and Suh is FAR from the only player to behave in this stupid manner)
The solution is simple, start enforcing the taunting penalty on the field properly. The second time you get 15 yards for it will probably be the last, or you'll be on the bench after the third (and again, thats not specific to Suh, its endemic in this league and needs to be stopped)
I know there is sometimes antagonism between fans, but football can learn a lot from the way rugby is referee'd. NFL needs to make a start on this next season. Make it clear. EVERY act of taunting will be 15 yards. Enforce it. Enforce it strongly on every team. It will be stamped out within a month.
These people are millionaires, it shouldnt be so hard to conduct themselves with a little dignity. And the impact of what happens in the league goes all the way through college/HS/youth football... because these are the guys at the top youngsters are looking up to.
Last edited by JdKing7; 12-04-2012 at 06:28 PM.