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Sunday, September 15, 2013 12:00 AM

By JIM METCALFE

Sports Editor

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Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is in hot water with the National Football League again for his boneheaded chop block of a Minnesota Viking offensive lineman, John Sullivan, that nullified a pick-6 by teammate DeAndre Levy during Sunday’s season-opening win over the Six Rulers.

He was fined $100,000 for this stunt, running his total of fines and lost game checks to nearly $350,000.

The problem is he keeps doing it. He apologized to his teammate for costing him the touchdown but how about to the lineman whose career he could have ended with this cheap shot — 10 yards behind the play when he had NO chance to making the tackle?

If you hit him high and decleat him, that is a great play, but you went low. Are you trying to hurt people?

At some point, he has to grow up and stop this garbage, no matter how talented he is. He has to control his rage — many players have done it!

I think the coaches have to start holding him accountable as well instead of seemingly condoning this because you want a nasty defensive line.

Just like in baseball, there are unwritten rules that you don’t break and he did with this play, as well as those in the past. The goal is to win games and not end careers.

Players know who is dirty and who isn’t; they know because they go up against these guys.

If he is so sorry, I make a suggestion; don’t appeal the fine. Man up to what you did and go from there.

I wonder if at some point, the players tell the union to NOT support this kind of stuff; after all, it is THEIR careers that are at stake when someone does something ridiculous like this, especially in the age of trying to make the game safer.

My guess is that pigs will fly — the GEICO ad notwithstanding! — before this happens, just like the Alex Rodriguez case regarding his 211-game suspension still hasn’t been heard and won’t be until the day after the regular season ends, Sept. 30 — or until the Yankees are eliminated from the playoffs, should they make them.

The more things “change” …

I won’t go into what I think of the lateness of the Rodriguez “hearing” two months after the suspension was supposed to begin — I’ll let “justice” be served in that one.

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Isn’t it amazing how quickly pundits pass judgement on teams?

Look at the opening week of the NFL season and how already, pundits are asking “what is wrong with/how much trouble is (take your pick: Steelers, Patriots, Ravens, etc.) in?”

At the same time, they are wondering if the Chip Kelly Philadelphia Eagle offense “60 Minutes of Madness” — my term — can change the NFL or last over the long haul.

As to the former, it’s one game. So many teams actually have issues somewhere: I don’t know if you can say that there are any “complete” teams — outside of perhaps San Francisco — in the NFL right now.

Everybody has a weakness somewhere, whether it’s in the offensive line, the defensive line, secondary or down the line.

For an example, the Steelers have been at such a relatively high level over the last decade — in the free-agency era — seemingly able to rebuild on the fly, but even they aren’t perfect; at some point, every team has to rebuild, as a friend of mine who is a Steeler fan admitted.

Can they turn it around and prove these comments moot? Absolutely. They may not but one game won’t tell us that.

As to the latter, the answer is … we shall see.

I kind of like an offense that likes to get a lot of plays off — like a fast break in basketball — and will utilize all of its weapons — but it’s going to have to. They better have a lot of depth because if they think a running back like LeSean McCoy is going to be able to handle 31 carries a game over 16 games — well, pigs might fly!

My guess is that those offensive linemen are also going to have to slim down and get quicker, faster and well-conditioned — I don’t think 330-pound left tackle Jason Peters, for example, is going to be able to stay at that weight over the year and in the future.

I don’t imagine that it will also be in Michael Vick’s best interest to expose him to that many extra hits over the course of a game like that, especially since he isn’t necessarily that durable.

Two, that defense also better be extremely deep because they may end up playing an awful lot of plays as well, just like the second half Monday night.

In all honesty, though, I think the league has been going at a faster pace the last several years anyway, just maybe not trying to get the ball snapped every 20 seconds or so.

 

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