Ndamukong Suh Shouldn't Be Upset with NFL's $20k Fine for Andy Dalton Hit

Adam SpencerCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 03: Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions rests on the bench during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 3, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 28-26. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Ndamukong Suh, the Detroit Lions young defensive lineman, has a history of big hits.

Last season, he shoved Jay Cutler to the ground and tried to rip Jake Delhomme's head off.

Now, he's at it again, this time in the preseason.

Suh has been fined $20K by the NFL for a vicious hit on Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton.

Suh grabbed him from behind and threw him to the ground well after Dalton had released the football.

He also ripped off Dalton's helmet in the process.

Someday, Suh is going to seriously hurt someone unless he learns to tone down his ferocity.

Between the time the ball is snapped and when the quarterback releases the ball, Suh's intensity is exactly what any head coach dreams about.

But, his refusal to let up, even after the play has passed him by, is a serious cause for concern.

It's alright to be going full speed when everyone expects you to be going full speed.

But, when the play is over and everyone is winding down and standing around, Suh becomes a real danger.

He needs to learn how to play hard when it's legal to do so and how to relax when the play is over.

There's no need to fling defenseless quarterbacks to the ground when they don't have the ball, that's how people get hurt.

Therefore, the $20K fine given to Suh by the NFL is absolutely acceptable.

I'm all for big hits and tough players, but only when it's within the boundaries of the play.

If Suh had leveled Dalton right before he had released the ball or a split second after he passed it, I would have been the first one cheering for him.

But, since Dalton wasn't thrown to the ground until about three seconds after he had released the ball, it was a dirty play and Suh deserved every penny of his fine.

If anything, the NFL should have fined Suh more for his unnecessary hit.

He has a history of these hits on quarterbacks that are uncalled for, so to put a stop to it, the NFL needs to send him a serious message.

Then, maybe, he'll start cooling his jets when the ball is thrown instead of knocking around guys who are just standing around doing nothing.

Here's my best advice to Suh: Just tackle the quarterback. There's no need to body slam guys who are 100 pounds lighter than you.