Thursday, November 15, 2012

NFL scout blasts Ndamukong Suh


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Josh Slagter - MLive.com

Despite Jim Schwartz's postgame reviews, statistically it has not been a good season for Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

According to NFL.com, Suh has 14 tackles and 3.5 sacks this season. He was credited with just one tackle in the Lions' loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday one week after going without a tackle against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The production continues to drop off from Suh's 66-tackle, 10-sack rookie season in 2010, leading one NFC scout to point at a lack of desire.

"He is one example of a football culture that coddles elite players and does not force them to push themselves for fear that the player will tune you out," the scout told Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We complain at this level that finding leaders is a difficult task, but leadership is, as Eddie Robinson once said, fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you. For a player like Ray Lewis, he demands so much of himself and is willing to push himself, that when he confronts a teammate over work ethic, the player has no choice but to respect him.

"Players like Suh do not demand excellence of themselves because they believe they can be excellent just by walking on the field. These players will underachieve by comparison to expectations."

That's a pretty harsh assessment of Suh, who also was voted the NFL's dirtiest player in a recent Sporting News players poll. But is it valid?
Schwartz stood up for Suh's play against Minnesota.

"I think Ndakumong Suh might have played the best game he's played since he's been here," Schwartz said. "Was dominating at times. Unless they doubled him in pass protection, he was in the quarterback's lap the whole game."

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