NFL referee says Ndamukong Suh is not a marked man
Ndamukong Suh is not a marked man for NFL officials.
Even if the Detroit Lions defensive tackle feels that way, it’s not the case.
That is what John Parry, the referee for Super Bowl XLVI, said in an interview with 110SportsPodcast.com. Tip of the cap to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press for tracking this down.
Suh’s controversial tactics became a popular storyline last season even before he was suspended for two games for stomping on the arm of Green Bay Packers lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.
"No, he does not (get targeted)," Parry said. "Our keys in mechanics remain the same from week to week, game to game. I have the same assignments from Week 1 to the Super Bowl as far what my keys are and where I'm focused.
"We do watch film to prepare for formations and tendencies with the teams that we're about to officiate. But we do not watch film to have any preconceived ideas or thoughts regarding any one player.
"The game is obviously extremely emotional, extremely physical and he certainly fits that definition. He's an incredibly gifted, strong and emotional physical athlete."
Suh seemingly cleaned up his act a little bit after he was sidelined by the NFL. We’ll see if he can continue to control himself in the heat of a violent game. Suh has been called for nine personal fouls through two seasons.
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