John Harbaugh upset over Eagles questioning Terrell Suggs’ character
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh took extreme issue with members of the Philadelphia Eagles calling into question the character of Terrell Suggs, calling the linebacker a dirty player because of his hit on Sam Bradford during Saturday night’s preseason game.
“When you start popping off about somebody’s character, you cross the line,” Harbaugh said Monday, via ESPN. “That’s not really something that we would respect. But most of their guys over there understood the play and understood [Suggs] was playing hard and trying to get stops.”
Suggs was called for roughing the passer on the first quarter zone-read play during which Bradford handed off the ball. Suggs then went low on Bradford and drew the flag. NFL’s head of officiating Dean Blandino, when discussing the play Monday, said that the hit was clean and Suggs shouldn’t have been penalized on the play.
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly disagreed with Blandino’s assessment, saying Monday he felt “the interpretation on the field was correct.”
Suggs, meanwhile, defended himself after the game.
“When you run the read-option, you have to know the rules,” he said. “If you want to run the read-option with your starting quarterback that has had two knee surgeries, that’s on you. That’s not my responsibility to update you on the rules. I could have hit him harder than that. I eased up.”
Still, several Eagles players, including tackle Jason Peters, suggested after the game that Suggs’ hit on Bradford was a dirty play.
“It was a cheap shot at the quarterback,” Peters said Saturday, via NJ.com. “I’m pretty sure he planned it. We practiced against them all week, and I’m pretty sure he was thinking about it.
“I really don’t know him personally. He talks a lot,” he continued. “I think he is that kind of player — dirty, and takes shots at quarterbacks.”
Bradford concurred, saying he believes Suggs was attempting to take a cheap shot.
“I think that was what he was trying to do,” he said. “I was a little upset. I’m not sure I can repeat what I said to him.”