Speaking on NFL Network Monday morning, Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino weighed in on Terrell Suggs' controversial hit on Sam Bradford during Saturday's preseason game between the Ravens and Eagles.
“It’s not a foul," Blandino said. He explained why the referee should not have whistled Suggs for roughing the passer.
“If the quarterback has an option, he’s considered a runner until he either clearly doesn’t have the football or he re-establishes himself as a passer. So it’s not a foul by rule,” Blandino said.
"It’s something that we’ll make sure that we cover with our game officials because the defensive end coming off the edge, he doesn’t know if the quarterback is going to keep it, he doesn’t know if he’s going to take off and run or drop back and so we treat the quarterback in that instance as a runner until he clearly re-establishes as a passer or until he clearly doesn’t have the football.”
Suggs cited the same rules in defending himself after the hit.
“When you run the read option you got to know the rules. If you want to run the read option with your starting quarterback that’s had two knee surgeries, that’s on you. That’s not my responsibility to update you on the rule."
That explanation wasn't enough for Philadelphia players, some of whom considered the play malicious.
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