The Steelers are up in arms about Ndamukong Suh allegedly kicking quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, enough that they asked the NFL to punish the Pro Bowl defensive tackle. But what do the Dolphins think of that kind of play from their $100 million defensive tackle?
Not a whole heck of a lot if you ask Adam Gase. According to Armando Salguero for the Miami Herald, the Dolphins head coach doesn’t see anything illegal or to get worked up about at all. In his eyes, it was “just a guy trying to play hard and get to the quarterback.”
The Dolphins no doubt are hoping the league sees it the same way. Suh isn’t really alleged to have kicked Roethlisberger. His toes definitely made contact with the quarterback’s shin. Was there intent though? It sure looks like the defender’s leg moves unnaturally while working his way to the passer, but when a couple of 300-pound men are wrestling over a spot on the ground, who’s to say which motions are voluntary and planned and which are not?
If you haven’t already, see for yourself.
It certainly doesn’t help matters that Suh has gained a reputation for these types of dirty plays. Then again, the last major incident where as a member of the Lions the four-time Pro Bowler stepped on the leg of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed pretty cut and dry, yet he managed to win the appeal of a suspension stemming from that play. This doesn’t seem like nearly the slam dunk that appeared to be.
No matter what happens involving Suh and the league, naturally Gase is going to defend his players in the media, especially when there’s as much gray area as there is here. The Steelers don’t have to like it though, and unless Suh is suspended as a result of this play, they almost certainly won’t.