It appears Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been hit with his third fine by the NFL in his two-year career. Suh was first fined $7,500 for his takedown of Jake Delhomme last August, and in the regular season he was fined $15,000 for a hit on Jay Cutler. Now it appears Suh has been slapped with a $20,000 fine for his hit on Andy Dalton based on this tweet:
Big fail sounds about right when talking about the NFL and discipline. Suh's fine for the hit on Delhomme was appropriate, but to be fined $15,000 for shoving Cutler down when he was a ball carrier was beyond ridiculous. To now be fined $20,000 for what Suh did to Delhomme is nuts. Was it a late hit by the NFL's standards? Yes. Was it deserving of a penalty? Yes. Was it bad enough to equate to a $20,000 fine? Not at all.
Unfortunately for Suh it appears the NFL isn't basing this fine on the hit, but rather his track record. The big problem here is that the league seems to consider this his third offense. I realize there is a need to protect quarterbacks, but the fact that Suh is still basically being penalized over the tackle on Cutler is downright stupid. That shouldn't have been a penalty, let alone a fine. Now a fine for a late hit is $20,000 as a result? Really?
Let's just stop delaying the inevitable and put quarterbacks in a no-contact jersey and suspend anyone that touches them. That's the path the NFL seems to be on with how much they're overreacting with Suh.