Late for Work 12/2: Suggs Almost Has Empathy for Harrison

Plus Hines Ward called the NFL ‘hypocrites’ and Fabian’s awesome new Twitter pic.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 at 9:09 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Suggs Almost Has Empathy for ‘Red-Flagged’ Harrison

It’s Ravens-Steelers rivalry week. It’s a time for intimidation and bullying – not smiles or friendliness, and certainly not empathy.

But, linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs almost feels bad for his counterpart and this week’s enemy, Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who has been fined four times for a total of $125,000.

"Your guy over there, 92, I think he is red-flagged," Suggs said during a conference call with Pittsburgh media. "The referees are kind of looking for him. Even if he breathes on a quarterback wrong, he might get a flag. … I think they are looking at him more closely than they are everybody else in the league. In the referee world, they kind of red-flagged him."

It’s easy to understand where Suggs is coming from, considering his own troubles with questionable roughing the passer calls in the past, one of the most memorable for grazing Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s knee in 2009.

Suggs believes Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are two star quarterbacks that receive special treatment.

"The league has their favorites," Suggs said. "One being in Indy and one being with that other team up north. Besides those two, everybody is fair game. Some quarterbacks are getting the calls right away. Some quarterbacks they don’t care.

"Like I always said, Carson Palmer got hit in his knee in 2005 but there was no rule made. Then Tom Brady got hit in his knee and all of a sudden there is a rule and possible suspensions, excessive fines. It’s just getting ridiculous."

Suggs, who was named November’s AFC Defensive Player of the Month after notching 14 tackles and four sacks in four games, used the Andre Johnson-Cortland Finnegan brawl to illustrate how he thinks Brady is pampered.

When asked if the two players should have been suspended for fighting, he said, "Well the thing with that is a quarterback wasn’t involved. Maybe I throw some punches at a certain quarterback with a bad hairdo, maybe I get thrown out of the league."

Washington’s New Twitter Picture

At least Fabian Washington’s caught the true meaning and spirit; you gotta love his new Twitter picture:

Hines Ward Lashes Out At NFL ‘Hypocrites’

Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was busy yesterday.

Ward dubbed himself the most hated man in Baltimore, giving a long list of enemies to prove it:  Rod Woodson, Tony Siragusa, Chris McAlister, Corey Fuller, Bart Scott, Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs.

Of course, he added Head Coach John Harbaugh to that list because he gave Ward a "fake handshake" before Week 4′s matchup.

He also took aim at the league yesterday, calling the NFL "hypocrites" when it comes to player safety.

"The league doesn’t care about us anyway," said Ward, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "They don’t care about the safety of the game. If the league was so concerned about the safety, why are you adding two more games on? You talk about you don’t want players to drink … and all you see is beer commercials. You don’t want us to gamble, but then there are [NFL-endorsed lottery scratch-off games]."

In defense of his teammate Harrison, the 13-year veteran said there is confusion among players about which hits are legal and which aren’t. Ward believes the officials are throwing more flags and the NFL is giving more fines in order to prove the game will be safe enough for an 18-game season.

The Steelers’ leading receiver believes that strategy will make a team lose a game because of an incorrect call.

"It’s going to change the outcome; somebody’s going to lose a game because of it," Ward said. "It’s going to be a huge play in a playoff game, somebody’s going to hit a quarterback or do something and the referee is going to be too scared to call it. So he’s going to call it anyway so he can save his tail. [The player] may not even get fined or not, but it will come down to the outcome of a ballgame."

Bigger Return: Reed or Roethlisberger?

With talk centered around Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missing the first matchup against the Ravens this year due to suspension, Ed Reed’s own return to the rivalry is getting lost in Big Ben’s shadows, says ESPN’s James Walker.

Since returning from the physically unable to perform list, Reed has notched four interceptions in five games.

"His ability to play center field could make a huge difference in Pittsburgh’s willingness to throw deep on Sunday," Walker wrote. "The Steelers like going over the top to speedy receiver Mike Wallace, who is having a breakout year. …But deep routes will be more risky, as Reed has 50 interceptions and nine defensive touchdowns in his career."
Both Reed and Roethlisberger are proven game-changers, but who will have the bigger impact on his team this Sunday, asks Ravens Flock member Ngata92NT.

"Steelers fans like to claim that Roethlisberger’s absence caused their loss to us in week four," wrote Ngata92NT. "They seemingly forget that we also were without a star player, future HoF safety Ed Reed. My question to you, Ravens fans, is which of these two players will have a greater impact on the game on Sunday?

"The question is NOT which player is better, because they play different positions (and we all know Ed Reed is better). The question is which player will improve their team the most."

Good post and poll. If you get chance, punch in your vote.

Billick to Call Ravens-Saints Game

Ravens former Head Coach Brian Billick is scheduled to be the TV analyst for FOX during the Ravens’ Dec. 19 game against the New Orleans Saints, according to the Baltimore Sun.

This will be Billick’s second time calling a Ravens game since he left the team 2007. Billick was the analyst for the Ravens’ contest vs. the Chicago Bears last year.

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