One of the first questions Sam Bradford was asked following the Eagles' 40-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday evening was about a play that took place early in the game. If you watched the game, you know which one. Ravens veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs was flagged for roughing the passer on a play where he appeared to target Bradford's recovered knee. Here's a replay:
Terrell Suggs' hit on Sam Bradford. 15-yard penalty. https://t.co/cuq1JBNIVj— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) August 22, 2015
So did Bradford think it was intentional? Absolutely.
Sam Bradford says he thinks Terrell Suggs was trying to go at his knee. He said he was upset about that, but part of the game.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 23, 2015
Suggs was also asked about the incident after the game. He didn't show any signs of remorse.
Suggs on Bradford hit: "When you run the read option, you have to know the rules. If you want to run the read option with your starting ...— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) August 23, 2015
quarterback that’s had two knee surgeries, that’s on you. That’s not my responsibility to update you on the rule."— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) August 23, 2015
Suggs also said: "I could’ve hit him harder on that. I didn’t. I eased up." Eagles not happy, felt it was dirty and intentional hit— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) August 23, 2015
Actually, it's Suggs who needs updating on the rule. He was the one flagged on the play. The read option may expose the quarterback to contact at times, but it's only legal to contact the passer if he's in a "run posture." It's clear Bradford was not in said position, and thus it was a dirty hit.