Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs should not have been flagged for his controversial tackle Saturday night, according to a tweet from former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira. However, Pereira added that the tackle Suggs made against Sam Bradford “might be cheap but not a foul.”
The complete tweet that Pereira posted Sunday reads as follows:
In regards to Suggs, it isn't a foul. QB does not get protection running read-option or zone-read. Might be cheap but not a foul.
— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) August 23, 2015
Suggs was assessed a 15-yard penalty on the play for roughing Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford. Bradford was tackled after he handed off to running back Darren Sproles on a read-option play.
Suggs vehemently argued that he should not have been penalized, an argument now supported by Pereira. Suggs also defended his actions after the game, saying he could have hit Bradford harder. He blamed the Eagles for calling a read option play involving Bradford, who has undergone two ACL surgeries and has missed most of the last two seasons.
However, several Eagles were livid with Suggs for tackling low on Bradford, considering his injury history. After the game, Eagles left tackle Jason Peters described Suggs’ tackle as a dirty play.
But according to Pereira, referee Jerome Boger should have picked up his flag, because Suggs made a legal play. Just don’t expect Peters to pick up Suggs’ dinner tab anytime soon.
Speaking to NFL Network Monday morning, current vice president of officiating Dean Blandino agreed with Pereira.