Analyst says Bears should target Stafford if Suh plays dirty
Former Chicago Bears offensive lineman Tom Thayer, now the team’s analyst for radio broadcasts, says the Bears need to retaliate if Ndamukong Suh has any cheap shots tonight.
The NFC North foes square off this evening at Ford Field in Detroit, where Suh was called for a 15-yard penalty for a hit on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler last season. Thayer said on WSCR 670-AM’s “Mully and Hanley Show” that the Bears need to go after Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford if there is any dirty business this time around. Thayer called football a great retaliation sport.
“Ndamukong Suh is cheap,” Thayer said this morning. “He’s one of the best defensive linemen in the league, but he hits late, after the whistle, with the intentions of hurting people.
"If Ndamukong Suh wants to cheap-shot somebody on my team, I’m going to cheap-shot Stafford," Thayer said. "And the best guy to do it is Julius Peppers. And I’m not calling for this, but I’m just trying to police some of the dirty efforts by Ndamukong Suh.”
The Bears have knocked Stafford out in each of the past two seasons. A sack by Peppers separated the quarterback’s right shoulder last season. Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye brought down Stafford in 2009, leading to a knee injury.
“You better come with cinder blocks tied around your knees because I am going to angle-block you and hit you in every way, shape or form that I can hit you in the most uncomfortable area,” Thayer said.
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