Brandon Marshall Is Wrong on Suh's Hit Plus Other NFC North News and Notes

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2012

image courtesy of DC Comics
image courtesy of DC Comics

Ndamukong Suh devastated Jay Cutler on a sack last night. Just wiped him out with a hit that pretty much made everyone watching wince.

It was also a clean hit.

Suh is a lot of things, but on that play he was a football player making a football play. No more, no less.

I get and respect Marshall going to bat for his quarterback. However, when everyone on your team, including your quarterback, says it was clean, well, it's probably an indication it was clean.

This is the sort of thing which comes of being Suh though. People will always assume the worst. I don't know if Marshall saw the hit on film later, but if he did, he must have glanced at it.

It looked much worse live, I'll give him that. Especially when Cutler wasn't getting up. But the more they slowed it down, the more you saw it repeated, the less terrible it looked.

We are constantly reminded about how the NFL is making the game safe. I wholeheartedly support this. However, football is football, and it's a violent sport. Like they say, it's not a contact sport, it's a collision sport.

Suh made a football move and Cutler got banged up. It speaks a lot to Cutler's toughness (something questioned way too often at this point) but doesn't speak as much about Suh, no matter how Marshall feels about it.

On a sidenote, I really enjoyed the response of Suh's teammate, Lawrence Jackson. Check it out below and make sure you read both his tweets.

On to the rest of the NFC North.


Chicago Bears

Michael Wilbon at ESPNChicago asks if you're looking to crown a team the best in the NFL, why not the Bears?

The Chicago Tribune has some good quotes from Bears players after last night's game.

Mark Potash says in the Sun-Tribune that Brandon Marshall is a guy the offense can lean on.


Detroit Lions

Anwar Richardson of says the loss to the Bears falls on the offense's shoulders.

At the Free Press, Dave Birkett agrees that Suh's hit, while violent, was clean.

Jamal Collier of Bleacher Report asks if the wheels have completely come off the Lions this year.


Green Bay Packers

Tom Silverstein of the Journal-Sentinel says Greg Jennings could be practicing by Friday. recaps Aaron Rodgers' appearance on the Jim Rome Show.

Adam Czech at breaks down Randall Cobb's 39-yard touchdown.


Minnesota Vikings

Tom Pelissero breaks down the win over the Cardinals at 1500 ESPN.

Fred Goodall at Pioneer Press says recent close losses will make the Bucs desperate against the Vikings.

Mike Nelson of Bleacher Report grades out all the positions at mid-season.


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