Sunday's game between the Falcons and Lions was another physical matchup much like the one with the 49ers. Once again Ndamukong Suh is catching a lot of heat right now from around the league. As a huge fan of his I think He's the best DT in the NFL right now in only his second year. What I love about his game is that it's old school. He takes me back to the days of players like "Mean Joe Green" "LT" and "Reggie White." If most of you watched Sunday's contest between the Lions and Falcons, I'm sure you've heard the accusations coming from the Falcons corner alleging that Suh and Cliff Avril are "dirty players" who were "taunting Ryan while he was hurt on the ground." This isn't the 1st time that Suh has been accused of being a dirty player and probably won't be the last. I think with all of the accusations that go towards defensive players, one thing that gets lost in translation is how dirty "offensive" players are as well. For example, Hines Ward is one of the dirtiest offensive players in the league and is a cheap shot artist who thrives on crack back blocks on players who are no where near the play and while they' aren't looking. With all of the rule changes in the NFL with the emphasis on protecting the QB, what goes unnoticed is the dirty play of offensive players. Suh mentioned this when he made his "Karma" reference to why Matt Ryan was hurt by his own lineman. Suh and Avril both accused the Falcons linemen of being dirty players who Chop block and cut players down the field.
As a fan of the game of football, I am all for player safety. That being said, I want to see players on BOTH sides of the line of scrimmage protected and not just the side that puts points on the board. I want to address something that needs to be brought up regarding these changes to protect what I like to call the "glamor positions" in the NFL. We all know the real reason why the changes were made in the 1st place. It's to increase scoring throughout the league. If you can make defenders more conscious of being fined for "hitting a QB too hard," or "too late" you will make them more hesitant to play the game of football at the highest level they could play. That gives an advantage to the offense. It also leaves defensive players at risk since there's nothing to curb offensive players from dealing out illegal punishment on unsuspecting defenders. Suh pointed this out when he was defending himself in his last interview. Atlanta's O-line reminds me a lot of the O- line the Broncos had when Terrell Davis was there. They were known for being cheap shot artists as well (which is why Shanahan could put anybody back there and they'd run for G). I don't like the way the NFL is only emphasizing protecting the offensive players of the sport. Maybe what Suh said was right: "I look at it as Karma."