Watching Sunday’s 27-21 game against the Baltimore Ravens, I have to say that with just over 5:00 left to go in the first half of play there’s no question that Terrell Suggs clearly had an alterior motive as he dove at Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s surgically repaired knee.
Having watched this play repeatedly, it was just obvious he was seeking contact with Brady’s legs. Ray Lewis can complain all he wants about the penalty (the “shot to the head” penalty I’ll agree was a bit much) – but the one on Suggs was pretty blatant. If you watch the replay, the ball was gone. At that point Brady was just standing there when Suggs dove in, which was probably the only reason why he was able to get out of the way.
Steve Burton and Scott Zolak mentioned it in the “5th Quarter” following the game and also feel Suggs will receive a financial penalty for his attempted hit. I would have to agree. You can say what you want about the fact Brady pointed at him and made his case immediately to the official, but the fact it happened at all is just ridiculous.
“They can’t go low,” said Brady after the game when asked about it. “We learned that lesson a few years ago. They threw the flag. They threw a couple flags on our defense too, so it goes both ways out there.”
This hit was in no way similar to the one inflicted by Bernard Pollard last year that caused Brady to have to go through eight months of rehabilitation to work his way back to the football field. On that play Pollard was blocked to the ground and into Brady’s knee just as he released the football. Suggs was clearly diving at a guy who had already gotten rid of the football.
Take a look at the video that someone posted on YouTube of the play and judge for yourself. As for me – I have a feeling that Suggs shouldn’t be surprised if he gets a bill from this one: