Lions don't get a break from officials
It’s becoming a weekly ritual. The officials make a questionable call on the Lions, it makes a huge difference in the outcome of the game and Lions fans shake their heads and ask when it will stop.
It’s not a good ritual.
At Dallas, Ndamukong Suh was penalized for a horse collar tackle when it clearly was not. It is legal to grab a player’s hair. Suh said he had all hair in his hands.
“His hair is long enough to go probably midway down his back, just covering up his collar. If you go back on replay I just tugged it and jumped on his back, I went up to apologize, I’m not a dirty player. At that point in time the only thing for me to grab was his hair,’’ Suh said.
Barber told him not to worry about it.
“I felt it was a clean play and all my teammates rallied behind me,’’ Suh said.
It was one of 10 penalties in the game. The Lions are the second-most penalized team in the NFL. So officials are not going to give them a break. It shouldn’t be that way, but it is.
Not saying the Lions are blameless. They have to clean up their penalties especially before the snap and after the whistle. A good time to start would be Thursday when they face the New England Patriots.
But they won’t get any breaks until they start winning. It’s a total Catch 22.
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