Pro Football Talk – Eagles coach Chip Kelly was not happy with the hit that Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs put on quarterback Sam Bradford. Now Ravens coach John Harbaugh is not happy with the Eagles for criticizing Suggs. …
“I read most of the Eagles’ quotes, I thought they understood the play. One or two of them didn’t understand the play. When you start popping off about somebody’s character, you’ve crossed the line. That’s not really something that we respect. But most of those guys understood the play and understood that 55 [Suggs] was playing hard and trying to get it stopped,” Harbaugh said.
The debate about whether or not Terrell Suggs‘ hit on Sam Bradford was legal or a cheap shot is a perfectly legitimate one. The balance between protecting quarterbacks versus taking all the hitting out of the game is an issue that football needs to address and there are reasonable positions on both sides.
Which is why I don’t want to talk about it here. Instead, I’d prefer to just demagogue the hell out of what John Harbaugh said.
So we’re clear, Harbaugh is now on record saying that if you question someone’s character, you’ve crossed a line. Putting aside for a second the fact that the “character” he doesn’t want questioned belongs to Terrell Suggs, a misanthropic, rageaholic spouse abuser who once threatened his girlfriend and their infant child with a bottle of bleach, broke her nose across her face and dragged her from a moving car, this is the same John Harbaugh who basically accused Bill Belichick of cheating for lining up in legal formations Harbaugh’s team didn’t know how to defend.
This is the same John Harbaugh who’s team decided that Tom Brady was up to illegal shenanigans involving the inflation rate of the footballs so they contacted their pals at the Colts to collude on a conspiracy to catch him in the act. The same John Harbaugh who then lied repeatedly that his team ever had anything to do with Deflategate.
And just to go back a couple of years, this same John Harbaugh accused the Patriots of manipulating the game clock at the end of the 2011 AFC championship game to excuse the fact his kicker Ray Finkled the potential game-tying kick.
That John Harbaugh is now lecturing people on not questioning his player’s “character.” Not that we should be surprised. He coaches a team that “crossed a line” the minute they commissioned a statue to a man who plead guilty to obstructing justice in a double homicide case. Not to impugn anyone’s character, of course.
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